MANKATO — From Ted Nugent’s scorching guitar licks to the classical sounds of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra to the contemporary bluegrass of Trampled By Turtles - the summer music lineup for the Vetter Stone Amphitheater at Riverfront Park has plenty of variety.
“It’s a great lineup,” said Eric Jones, marketing manager for the Verizon Wireless Center, which organizes concerts for the park. “We wanted to have a little something for everybody.”
The lineup includes:
- June 9-10: Arts by the River featuring Mason Jennings;
- June 14: Ted Nugent with special guest Laura Wilde;
- June 23: Mankato Symphony Orchestra;
- July 7: Riverbend Blues Festival featuring Jonny Lang;
- July 21: Brantley Gilbert with special guest Rocket Club;
- July 28: Tesla with special guest Jason and the Scorchers;
- Aug. 2-5: RibFest featuring Sawyer Brown, Smash Mouth and Eddie Money
- Aug. 17: Bodeans with special guest Farewell Milwaukee;
- Sept. 3: Little Feat and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band;
- Sept. 7: Indigo Girls;
- Sept. 14: Trampled by Turtles (which is fronted by Mankato East graduate Dave Simonett).
Riverfront Park is Mankato’s newest park, opening in 2009. The Vetter Stone Amphitheater seats 2,000 while the lawn seats more than 12,000. The park also includes a playground, paved plaza and the Mankato Piece sculpture as well as views of the Minnesota River in both directions.
The $3 million park was paid for mostly from the local half-percent sales tax.