The sky was clear, the air was warm, and the lake was beautiful as the Lake Place Summer Sounds concert series kicked off in Lake Place Park. The series, put on by Duluth Sister Cities International, started on Wednesday, July 16 and will take place every Wednesday at noon until Aug. 20 as the summer wraps up. Duluth Sister Cities International is a Duluth event organizing group that has a focus on the city's international connections.
Kids jumped and danced excitedly as Zinghoppers Kidz Dance Party performed center stage. The Zinghoppers come from an Emmy Award Winning television series on PBS with the same name. They played a mix of originals and classic child-friendly songs like Wheels on the Bus, but with a contemporary, hip-hop twist.
And the kids loved it. Every young concertgoer was participating ecstatically; there was plenty of dancing, jumping around and singing along.
Duluth Parks and Recreation hosted the family-friendly event.
“The Parks and Recreation Department is happy to provide an atmosphere for people to have fun and enjoy themselves,” said Katie Plachta, an employee with the department.
Brothers Burn Mountain will be playing at the next Lake Place Summer Sounds concert on July 23 at noon. The rock band have been described to "a blur of motion when they perform live" by John Ziegler of the Duluth News Tribune. The event is free and open to the public.