Outdoor Summer Concert Series Begins June 22

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series is returning.

The first event for 2020 will take place on Monday, June 22. All concerts are 6-7:30 p.m. and are provided free by the event sponsor, the Coeur d’Alene Library Foundation.

The concerts, performed on the park side of the library, will follow current social-distancing guidelines. There will be no access from inside the library for the first concerts in June.  Attendees should bring their own seating and sit in groups of no more than six and maintain 6 feet of distance between groups. 

The initial concert will feature Sondahl, Hawkins, & Thomsen. The group plays a modern improvisational version of American old-time music, which is the sort depicted in the first of Ken Burns’ recent Country Music Video series. Performances generally include music by Uncle Dave Macon, the Delmore Brothers, and Elizabeth Cotten. 

Brad Sondahl plays fingerstyle guitar, 6-string banjo, and sings.  He has gotten more than two million views of his music on Youtube, but is best known in this area for his pottery shop in Spirit Lake for the last 38 years.
Jonathan Hawkins has been playing sophisticated upright bass with Brad for many years and also plays in a newer area bluegrass band called Northbound.

Don Thomsen was a founding member of the Spokane Folklore Society and plays mandolin with the popular Celtic group Floating Crowbar, as well as adding his mandolin chops to this trio.

Upcoming concerts include:
► June 29: Four Peace – popular tunes ranging from the 60s to today
► July 6: Kathy Colton and the Reluctants – original popular & Folk tunes
► July 13: Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots – original traditional Celtic, Scandinavian and North American Roots music
► July 27: Pamela Van Kirk – a multi-instrumentalist and composer.
► Aug. 3:  Dr Phil & the Enablers – Rockin’ Blues!
► Aug. 10: Rusty and Chrissy perform classic country and Americana as well as a few of Rusty’s compositions. Harry Batty joins them on bass guitar.
► Aug. 24: Crooked Kilt – Spokane’s amazing Celtic band
► Aug. 31: Spring Tonic, traditional and contemporary bluegrass and roots music with uncommon intensity.