Some of the most well-known music acts in the region will take the stage to cap each day’s entertainment during the Delano 4th of July Celebration, including Arch Allies, Johnny Holm Band, Hitchville, and Kat Perkins and the Good Times Band.
The 2020 celebration will take place Wednesday, July 1, through Saturday, July 4.
Wednesday’s events will include a cribbage tournament the Delano Ambassador Coronation, juggler and unicyclist Sean Emery, and the beginning of the baseball and softball tournaments. The M8Ds will take the stage under the entertainment tent at 7 p.m., followed by headliners Arch Allies at 9 p.m.
Arch Allies considers themselves the “ultimate 6 pack of rock featuring the music of Bon Jovi, Boston, Def Leppard, Journey, REO Speedwagon, and Styx. The band features Greyson Serie on vocals and guitar, Kevin Todd on lead guitar, John Gensmer on drums, Rich Torkington on keys, and Eli Pete on bass.
Thursday will feature the art chalk contest, new act Allez-OOPS! on the family stage, Red Dot Garage at 7 p.m. and the Johnny Holm Band at 9 p.m.
Johnny Holm, known as the human jukebox, plays a wide variety of hit music from several genres and eras, and will bring his highly-entertaining show back to Delano for the second year in a row.
Friday’s events will include a new CrossFit competition, the University of Minnesota Raptor Center show, Allez-OOPS!, the fireman’s waterball tournament, the kiddie parade, the kiddie pedal pull, Mitch Gordon at 7 p.m. and Hitchville at 9 p.m.
Hitchville has quickly solidified themselves among the upper echelon of regional talent. Under the foundational leadership of dynamic lead vocalists Heidi Owens and Matthew Kneefe, the group’s trademark harmonies, down home personalities, and kinetic stage energy leads to an unforgettable live show in which the band works tirelessly to produce.
The 4th of July will, as always, be jam-packed with events and activities. It all starts with the 5K race along the parade route, followed by the parade itself, the bean bag tournament, the High 48’s Bluegrass Band on the family stage, two performances by 4th of July newcomer and comic magician Jerry Frasier on the family stage, Allez OOPS!, Annie Mack at 7 p.m. and Kat Perkins and the Good Time Band at 9 p.m.
Kat Perkins grew up in Scranton, ND, and moved to the Twin Cities to pursue music on a professional scale. Her band, Scarlet Haze, opened for Bon Jovi and other well-known acts. After a hiatus from performing due to vocal surgery, Perkins made a comeback on season 6 of NBC’s “The Voice,” where she was a finalist. She has gone on to tour throughout the country and beyond, including performing for troops overseas.
Other highlights of the celebration include a medallion hunt beginning Friday, June 26, and baseball and softball tournaments throughout the celebration. In addition, carnival wristbands for unlimited rides will be available from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and noon to 10 p.m. every other day.