Books & Stars line-up announced- something for everyone!

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We have a great line-up of family friendly entertainment on Wednesday nights in Northfield.  All in thanks to the Friends & Foundation of the Library, The Northfield Historical Society and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council there will be 8 shows for eveyone to enjoy.  Thanks to our sponsors there is NO CHARGE! Booker, the book bus opens for library material check out at 6:30.  The shows begin at 7 pm.

  Thanks to the sponsorship of the FFOL, we kick off the summer at Central Park on Wednesday, June 11 at 7 pm with musican Justin Roberts!  In 1997, Justin released his first CD, Great Big Sun, and the critics took note. Justin's music was soon being compared to everyone from Elvis Costello and Fountains of Wayne to Paul Simon, ELO and Nick Lowe. By 2001, Justin had hit the road full time, doing what he loves most: playing music for appreciative crowds. Kiddie mosh pits broke out, word spread and shows started selling out. He has played at such renowned venues and festivals as NYC's Symphony Space, DC's National Geographic Live, LA's Getty Museum, Seattle's Moore Theater, Lollapalooza and Chicago's Ravinia.  Justin has performed in front of millions of people on The Today Show, he's featured on Nick Jr. TV, and his song "Get Me Some Glasses" was featured on a World Series broadcast. He's also garnered kudos and raves from national media including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, People, Entertainment Weekly, and the Chicago Tribune. And now he returns to Northfield! 

Here is the rest of the line-up

June, 18 at Way Park:  Shakespeare in the Park. Join us for a unique encounter with the bard! This evening will include a minstrel wagon, upbeat music, audience interaction, and more!  Presented by The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company

June, 25 at  Spring Creek Park:  Doc Roberts Wild West Show! Want to see amazing skills and intriguing magic? Then Whip cracking, bottle tossing,  the 11-box balance, china plates on tiny  bamboo sticks – in the hands of five          volunteers,  the endless pitcher of water, the vanishing elephant, 8 ball juggling, real western lariat spinnin’, and more!

July, 2 at Bridge Square: Music of Ft. Snelling! Costumed musicians will bring music of the military and play selections that could have been heard at the fort while it was an active military post, from 1819 through 1946. Co-sponsored by the Northfield Historical Society.

July, 9 at Way Park: Mixed Nuts  Join us for physical comedy, humor and uproarious audience participation!  Guaranteed to tickle your funny bone if you are 1 or 91!

July, 16 at Outdoor Pool: The Castaways We will be "rockin' the pool" with their fast-paced and versatile songs ranging from pop and album artists, classic rock, mood-setting ballads and the best of 50’s and 60’s favorites including their 1965 hit song “Liar, Liar”. Includes FREE admission to the pool from 6-8

July, 23 at Way: Park Xibaba  (She-ba-ba) Time to dance to sound of Brazilian Jazz! This band blends the tropical sounds of bossa nova, samba, baião, forro, frevo, chorinho & partido alto.

July, 30 at Central Park:  The Roe Family Singers  Good-Time, Old-Time Hillbilly band from the Mississippi-headwaters. The band blends  characteristic old-time sound with rock & roll, featuring banjo, auto  harp, guitar, and Appalachian clogging!

In case of inclement weather we will move to the Oddfellow’s Park Pavilion Forrest Ave & Lincoln St. Check for updates at 507-645-6606, Facebook and at

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Sponsored by the Northfield Public Library and the Northfield Schools Community Services Divison.  Many thanks to the Northfield Streets & Parks department for providing the Showmobile!