The Reif Arts Council, Grand Rapids, and the Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm, have announced a summer partnership for 2023. The Reif, with 40+ years of experience presenting touring arts events, is joining forces with the Minnesota Discovery Center, which now enters its 46th year of operations, to feature artists in the Discovery Center’s open-air concert venue, the amphitheater.
“This partnership creates a unique chance to present amazing talent right here in northern Minnesota at a truly stunning venue,” said Shantel Dow, Reif executive director. “We do have two beautiful indoor theaters in Grand Rapids, but we are missing a dedicated space for large outdoor concerts, so the Discovery Center is a perfect fit. With 1600+ seats, ample parking, full concessions and a fully functional stage and tech area, it allows us to up our game in terms of the artists we present.”
MDC Executive Director, Donna Johnson stated, “We couldn’t have a better partner to work with to bring a consistent line up of musical performances back to the amphitheater stage. The Minnesota Discovery Center’s 660-acre campus is well-suited to accommodate large crowds and the amphitheater has a long history of wowing concert goers and musicians alike with its unique setting and architecture. As a nonprofit, this partnership will help us maximize our ability to bring back large concerts to the amphitheater by utilizing the industry experience of the Reif and combining the promotional resources of both organizations to amp up the entertainment opportunities we offer, starting June of 2023.”
This summer’s events will include Mason Dixon Line/Born On The Bayou: A tribute to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival on Saturday, June 3; platinum-selling country supergroup Blackhawk on Thursday, June 15; rockers Hairball will close out the summer on Friday, Sept. 8.
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