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Charlie Parr opens Silver Bay’s Music In The Park Concert Series

The legendary Charlie Parr, renowned blues musician and a local north shore favor­ite, graced the city center stage last Friday evening – opening Silver Bay’s Music In The Park Concert Series (a Rocky Wall Produc­tion).

Nelson T. French, founding father of Rocky Wall Productions, estimated approximately 1,000 concertgoers were in attendance for Parr’s performance, many of who could be seen singing or dancing along to Parr’s per­sonal collection of toe tapping favorites.

This Friday, July 21, you can catch the Tom­my Bentz Band at another free Music In The Park Concert at 7:30 PM in downtown Silver Bay, MN. Grab the family, bring your lawn chairs or a blanket to spread out on and enjoy the distinct blend of southern jam style rock and acoustic flair, rounded out with Tommy’s jazz and classical styles.

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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