A new event coming this summer will help build on Plymouth’s reputation as a place for great music. For the first time, the Hilde Performance Center will be the site of a paid outdoor concert, “Live at the Hilde” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 6.
The family-friendly, all-ages concert, put on by an independent concert promotions company, Sue McLean & Associates, will feature the popular regional performers Gear Daddies, and Gary Louris and Karen Grotberg of The Jayhawks. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The concert will be held rain or shine.
“This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of Plymouth and the Hilde Performance Center among music lovers,” said Plymouth Parks and Recreation Director Diane Evans. “We have a great facility and showcasing it in this way will make people more aware of this valuable community asset.”
While the Hilde is the site of the always popular Music in Plymouth event that draws more than 12,000 people, this new concert, Live at the Hilde, will offer the community something different – a regionally promoted concert that will help increase the visibility of the venue in the regional music world.
SMA staff was excited to begin a concert series at the Hilde Performance Center because of its open-air stage. “It is with great excitement that we are the first to utilize the beautiful Hilde to present a major outdoor, paid concert,” said SMA’s Patricia McLean. “We are thrilled to be bringing this event to the greater Plymouth area and surrounding communities.” If successful, SMA would like to continue using Plymouth as a hub for local and regional music concerts.
SMA has promoted high-profile artists such as Prince, Norah Jones, Florence and the Machine, Willie Nelson, Blondie, Jack Johnson, Hall & Oates, Lyle Lovett, Brian Wilson, Weezer, Goo Goo Dolls and Adele. SMA is the promoter of the Subway Music in the Zoo summer concert series and also serves as the talent booker for both The Basilica Block Party and the Live at the Guthrie Series.
Gear Daddies is an Americana rock band from Austin, Minn., which began playing its first shows in 1984. The band released three popular albums from 1986 to 1992, and has been a seminal part of the Twin Cities music scene for nearly three decades, continuing to draw large crowds.
Gary Louris is a founding member of The Jayhawks, which transcends the musical genres of alternative rock, country, Americana and pop. Keyboardist Karen Grotberg joined the lineup in 1992, took a hiatus and returned to help produce the band’s celebrated album Mockingbird Time in 2011. She also joined their much touted reunion shows in recent years. In addition, Louris released a critically lauded solo record produced by Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes and has written for luminaries like Dixie Chicks.
Tickets cost $37 for general admission, $52 for VIP and $77 for VIP Golden Circle tickets, plus applicable fees. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-514-3849; visit suemclean.com or etix.com; or stop by Electric Fetus, 2000 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information, call 612-343-8662 or visit suemclean.com/hilde.