What is Retailtainment?
Retailtainment is a commercially designed experience intended to combine entertainment and retailing. It is retail marketing with the use of ambience, emotion, sound, and activity to get customers interested in merchandise and in a mood to buy.
Outdoor Music Series in Crosslake Town Square
Sponsored by the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club
Every Saturday night from June 23rd until September 1st at 6:00 pm.
Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets to hear a variety of musicians play great live music at these free concerts.
June 23rd: Tim Mahoney
Very popular Minneapolis based singer/songwriter.
June 30: Lisa Wenger
Lisa Wenger performed as a beloved staple of the Minneapolis/St. Paul music scene, delighting audiences with her sweet, yet gritty vocals and captivating mix of North Dakota roots paired with an affinity for the soulful sound of the Deep South. She has also brought her stripped-down, wall-shaking blend of blues – based American roots music to audiences across the nation. Her appeal on the blues circuit is broad enough to entertain a variety of crowds, and she wins them all over, be at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the famous Surf Ballroom, the Bitter End in New York City, the Hard Rock in Las Vegas or BB Kings in Orlando.
July 7: Fathom Lane
Having released three critically acclaimed albums, Fathom Lane has been getting international attention for their wonderful indefinable sound. Band leader Michael Ferrier’s songs are at once accessible and memorable, but are also sneaky with their quietly innovative touches. Ferrier cites classic giants such as the Velvet Underground, Tom Petty, Gram Parsons and the Laurel Canyon song writers as influences, but even so, Fathom Lane manages a contemporary sound. The band includes the Northland Press’ own Paul Boblett on bass.
July 14: The Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboys
This group is a phenomenal country music group that plays genuine classic country music. Expect to hear everything country from George Jones and Merle Haggard to songs by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle and many others!
July 21: Church of Cash
Whether you are an old timer that grew up listening to Johnny Cash on your tractor or a young soldier driving your tank across the deserts of the Middle East with the Man in Black in your headphones, the Church of Cash will bring back his music, with style and energy. What the Church of Cash has that no one else can match is their loyalty to the songs and the message that Johnny left to all of us. The band merely keeps his words alive with a youthful, entertaining spirit.
July 28: Faith Boblett
Faith Boblett is the product of her upbringing. Surrounded by music all her life, and raised by parents that actually met in a band (see Fathom Lane bass player mentioned above), Faith started singing at a very young age. After her family moved to a small town in rural Minnesota, Faith began playing guitar and writing her own songs at thirteen. Now, twenty-seven, and living in Minneapolis, she has released a full -length album and EP, and has two new releases coming soon,. She is looking forward to her Crosslake appearance.
August 4: Shane Martin
A Crosslake favorite, Shane Martin is quickly becoming one of the top draws in the Midwest with a unique blend of modern country rock. A top five finalist in the 2012 Texaco Country Showdown where he competed for the “Best New Country Act in Country Music” at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Martin is now up to a breakneck pace of 175 regional shows a year. His band has performed at some of the top country music festivals in the country including Moondance Country Jam, Rockwoods Jamfest and Winstock.
August 11: Uncle Wheat and Eddie
Brad Wallace and Ed Kohler play a variety of music. Wallace and Kohler played together in SKATYRS, and later Wallace was the lead singer in Decade 7 and Kohler was the lead guitarist in for Yknot.
August 18: Kirk Bakken Tribute to Sinatra
Old Blue Eyes is back. Say no more.
August 25: Patchouli & Terra Guitarra
Terra Guitarra is one of the top nuevo-flamenco groups in the world. Patchouli is a folk festival headliner and public radio favorite. They are multi-disciplinary, multi- instrumentalists. An extraordinary bond is immediately apparent as two guitars merge into one acoustic wall of sound and their innovative, percussive flat-picking and hybrid fingerstyle techniques leave even astute listeners wondering where the drummer is.
September 1: Doug Allen Nash
After a personal conversation with Johnny Cash, Nash was inspired to create a tribute to the musical legacies of the legend and June Carter Cash. Nash captures the appearance, vocals, speech, mannerisms and spirit of Johnny Cash and introduces one of his own songs, “June”, co-written and co-produced with Jeff Silverman in Nashville. Nash, who lives in the Dallas area, has performed in more than 85 countries while touring for USO and Armed Forces Entertainment. He received the U.S. Department of Defense’s Certificate of Esteem Award, Certificate of Appreciation Award and the Republic of Korea’s Apple of Excellence Award.
All Concerts 6 PM – 8 PM
Located at Crosslake Town Square
Retailtainment refers to all the fun activities that are carried out at the Crosslake Town Square, including:
- Music in the Park
- Big Fun Tuesdays
- St. Patrick’s Day Events
- Ribfest/Car Shows
- Crosslake Days
- Farmer’s Market
- and more!