The Sunset Series Outdoor Concerts

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From local favorites to emerging new talent, the Sunset Series is a showcase for great talent from all genres. 

Hopkins Center for the Arts and Mill City Sound are pleased to present the 2022 Sunset Series. Join us Thursday evenings at 7pm in Downtown Park, 40 Ninth Avenue S, Hopkins. Bring a chair and some friends! Rain location announced by 3 PM day of concert.


Sunset Series Web banner June 16.Texas Toast


Texas Toast is a psychedelic country band that features touring musicians from Jaybone Bell and Restless Light, The People Brothers Band, Barbaro and Karate Chop Silence who have all made their home in beautiful Winona, MN.
What started as a country band in July of 2021 quickly turned into an exploration into the music by combining all of their various influences including R&B, Psychedelic Jam, Folk, and Pop/Dance while remaining in tune with the aspects of classic country music. Texas Toast features original music combined with favorite covers. 

Jason Ziebell- Guitar and Vox, Isaac Sammis- Guitar, Dante DeGrazia- Keys/Organ and Vox,
Scott Lochner- Bass and Vox, Ryan Amble- Drums; Country

Sunset Series Web banner June 23.Lanue


Feeling detached from her previously released work as years lapsed, Duluth, Minnesota’s Sarah Krueger set out to Hive, a small studio nestled near the river in her hometown of Eau Claire, WI. In the course of two separate sessions, (the first on the cusp of a long winter, and the second on the fringe of summer’s swell), Krueger assembled a cast of collaborators to help flesh out a collection of songs that would later become the catalyst for Lanue. Culled from the title of a poem that found its way to Krueger from a thrift store shelf, Lanue comes to us as a project that stands firmly in front of a fresh creative backdrop and boasts a more developed taste and sincerity than Krueger’s previous releases — both a welcome departure and anticipated return. Folk

Sunset Series Web banner June 30.Last Pickd String Band


Deep roots in traditional bluegrass flavored with Americana, country, and folk. A unique blend creating a delicious sound that appeals to a wide audience.

Blair Bolling - Bass, Nathan Hess - Guitar, Tracy Keibler - Guitar, Tom Kleinert - Banjo, Erica Ray - Fiddle, Joel Roggenkamp - Mandolin; Bluegrass, Country, and Americana

Sunset Series Web banner July 7.Salsa del Soul


Salsa del Soul is a Twin Cities-based, nine-piece orchestra performing various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean. Salsa del Soul was formed with the purpose to provide great dance music for Twin Cities Salsa fans. The musicians of Salsa del Soul represent some of the finest talents in the Twin Cities Latin music scene. The styles of music they perform include Son, Son Montuno, Plena, Cha-cha-cha, Bachata, Timba, and, of course, Salsa! Salsa del Soul performs locally at restaurants and bars, jazz and Latin festivals, private engagements, and other locations and events. Latin

Sunset Series Web banner July 14.Ashley DuBose


Ashley DuBose is probably most widely known for her hit single, "Intoxicated", and for her participation in Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice.

Ashley began singing and writing music at the age of 10 years old. The desire to be a recording artist and performer grew from watching pop artists like Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, and Aaliyah perform on television. 

In 2013, Ashley auditioned for NBC’s The Voice. Her blind audition compelled all four celebrity coaches to turn their chairs and vie for her to be on their team. Ashley chose Team Adam and went on to become a top 32 contestant on the show. After her participation on the The Voice, Ashley returned home to begin working on her second body of work which would later be known as Be You.  Ashley released Be You in March of  2015. R&B 

Sunset Series Web banner July 21.Aric Bieganek


Co-sponsored by kiddywampus, this will be a fun night of music and family fun! A bubble station, tattoos, toy demos and more!

Aric is the founder of the Kindie Rock band “The Royal Order of Chords and Keys.” R.O.C.K. Originally from St. Cloud, MN, Aric attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in Songwriting in 2002. Upon receiving his degree, Aric built a career as an early childhood music educator in New York City, Western Massachusetts and the Twin Cities. Children/Kindie Rock 

Sunset Series Web banner July 28.Turn Turn Turn


Turn Turn Turn is a trio who bonded over their mutual love of close harmony 60s and 70s country, folk, and pop music and formed an original Americana band. To create their distinctive sound, the band “turns” to the distant past of early American recorded music, “turns” again to that renaissance of the 1960s and 1970s, and finally “turns” again to the present looking forward. 

Members Adam Levy (guitar, vocals), Savannah Smith (guitar, vocals) and Barb Brynstad (bass, vocals) are all mainstays of the Minnesota music scene and together craft an infectious, pop-infused Americana. Americana

Hopkins Center for the Arts' 2022- 23 Season will be announced at this concert!

Sunset Series Web banner August 4.Mae Simpson


The Mae Simpson Band is a band with a focus on creating music that seamlessly explores a huge range of styles. The band’s music is soulful, warm and passionate, known for their raw and powerful energy, the band leaves it all on the stage. The project is led by Mae, a singer and songwriter who loves to express herself through sharing her songs, and her heart. Hailing from South Carolina, Mae has been passionate about music ever since she can remember, and it didn’t take long before she figured out this was her path. Her voice is emotional and wide-ranging in terms of pitch and attitude, while her stage is almost like a second home, where she can be free to be who she wants to be. Mae’s vision immediately sparked the roots of this project, as she gathered some of the best local talents. The band consists of 7 musicians including Mae. Each bringing a healthy does of talent, experience and musicianship to the group’s collective artistry. From funk, to soul, and even rock and Folk, anything goes.  Rock n' Roll

Sunset Series Web banner August 11.Power of 10


Power of 10 brings you the freshness of Bruno Mars, the passion of Stevie Wonder, the electricity of Michael Jackson and the power of Otis Redding. In addition to being chosen to play at the Republican National Convention in 2008 and 2016, performing with national acts such as REO Speedwagon and Cheap Trick. Nominated by the Minnesota Music Academy for Best Live Band.

Norm Blagman - Vocals & Percussion, Kash Ahua - Vocals, Mason Hemmer - Vocals & Trombone, Tom Krochock - Trumpet, Angie Hirsch - Bari Sax, Alto & Flute, David Hirsch - Tenor Sax, Matt French - Vocals & Guitar, James Towns - Bass,  Brian Allen - Keyboards, Brad Draper - Drum set.  R&B Horn Band 

Sunset Series Web banner August 18.Capital Sons


Capital Sons is a melody and guitar-driven rock band from Minneapolis that plays original songs with soul and substance. The band combines unforgettable hooks with a rock-steady rhythm section, touching on themes of love, loss, introspection, and revolution.

For nearly two decades, Capital Sons has seamlessly blended their diverse musical influences into a high energy and lyrically poignant mix of pop-rock. The band members — Karl Obermeyer on lead vocals and guitar, Keith Raney on bass and vocals, Rick Paukert on lead guitar, and Mike Jueneman on drums — have earned a reputation as an original and expressive band making a mark on the Twin Cities and beyond. Citing inspiration from bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Replacements, The Rolling Stones and Pearl Jam, Capital Sons puts their own modern rock signature on every one of their original songs. Rock n' Roll

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A few videos from the 2020 Sunset Series-