The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 15, 2014

Editor's picks

A sampling of arts and entertainment highlights for the upcoming week:

Community band

The Mankato Area Community Band kicks off its free summer concert series 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sibley Park.

The concerts continue weekly until July 22. All will be held at Sibley Park, except the July 1 concert at Lincoln Park. The band promises "new and old show tunes, marches, Latin, novelty, dance, big band and pop" as well as "surprises at every concert."

Songs on the Lawn

The free Songs on the Lawn concert series continues 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday on Hickory Street, near the Intergovernmental Center.

This week's musical guest is the Organic Cowboys. The series concludes June 26 with The Last Revel.

Arts by the River

The annual Arts by the River festival will be held Saturday and June 22 and Riverfront Park.

The arts and music event will beginnat 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. The festival includes more than 40 artist vendors as well as a full lineup of demonstrations and activities. The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota will be offering children's activities.

On Saturday, live music begins with The Last Revel (3 p.m.) and continues with Good Night, Gold Dust (5 p.m.), Field Report (6 p.m.), Low (7 p.m.) and Cloud Cult (9 p.m.).

Admission is free before 5 p.m. on Saturday ($10 afterward, available day-of-show only) and all day on Sunday.

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Livestock continues

Livestock will be held 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Minnesota Square Park in St. Peter.

The annual festival of music and charity — the event raises money to purchase livestock through World Vision, a faith-based humanitarian organization that distributes livestock to needy communities around the globe — also includes a kids zone, food vendors and 5K run. Admission is free with donation to a livestock animal.

Music begins at 11 a.m. with The Divers and continues with Angi Putney (12:15 p.m.), J. Law (1:30 p.m.), Charmaine (3 p.m.), Boling Point (4:30 p.m.), Tyrus Morgan (6 p.m.) and Big Daddy Weave (7:30 p.m.).

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