Frozen Apple concerts offer solace from the snow
The Apple Valley Arts Foundation is offering a remedy to the winter blues with its Frozen Apple concert series.
Now in its second year, the series is moving to a new venue in 2013, the recently opened clubhouse at Valleywood Golf Course.
“We’re excited it’s at Valleywood. It’s almost like a little mini vacation when you take that winding road to the clubhouse in the winter – it’s magic,” said Mary Hamann-Roland, arts foundation vice president (and Apple Valley’s mayor).
The three concerts in this year’s series offer a sunny mix of reggae, jazz, folk and Latin pop. The shows kick off this Saturday (Jan. 5) with a performance by jazz singer Patty Peterson, winner of the Minnesota Music Award for best vocalist.
Those who have attended the nonprofit arts foundation’s annual Music in Kelley Park summer concerts will recognize a familiar face when the Frozen Apple plays host Feb. 2 to acoustic artist Michael Monroe, whose music is a blend of folk, jazz and reggae.
Apple Valley has become a second home of sorts for Monroe, a resident of Minnesota’s North Shore who’s made the trek south to the perform at the Kelley Park music series each year since its inception in 2008. Monroe was also on the roster of performers at last year’s inaugural Frozen Apple series.
The series concludes March 2 with the David Gonzalez Band, which plays Latin and rhythm and blues music.
Admission is free to all the concerts, which run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Valleywood clubhouse at 4851 McAndrews Road.
Food and beverages, including a full bar, will be available for purchase at each of the performances. There also will be prize drawings at each show for books, a digital camera and an acoustic guitar, which were donated by local merchants.
More about the Frozen Apple series is at www.facebook.com/MusicInKelleyPark.