Hurry Back Productions, a concert promotions business based in Winona, announced today plans for an outdoor concert on Saturday, July 10, at the historic Winona Bandshell. The concert, one of the first shows to take place since COVID restrictions have been lifted will feature the sounds of Chase & Ovation, a Prince tribute band.
Hurry Back Productions is a well-known promoter, having staged the annual Highway 61 Concert Series each fall and winter on the campus of Cotter Schools. While plans are being made for the return of the annual concerts, the time is right for the shows to begin at an outdoor venue with a rich tradition.
“We are best known for the Highway 61 Concert Series, which takes place at the St. Cecilia Theater at Cotter Schools,” said Hurry Back Productions Founder Mike Slaggie. “Our event on July 10 is the first to demonstrate that Hurry Back Productions can host events at indoor and outdoor venues all over the area.”
A return to concerts, Slaggie said is about more than just the music.
“This event is for the loyal patrons of Hurry Back Productions, and the arts in general,” he said. “It’s also for the individuals who make up the arts community and have endured 16 months of being unable to do what they love, and simply to earn a living.”
Winona Mayor Scott Sherman said that the time is right to open the city up for carefully planned concert events and other community gatherings.
“This is a re-opening of events in our community,” said Sherman. “I can’t think of a better venue to open up our city in than under the stars at our nearly 100-year-old bandshell.”
A concert of this size is hopefully just the beginning of bringing people back out for concerts and other larger events.
“Bringing concerts back is a great first step to returning to what was once considered normal,” said Pat Mutter, director of Visit Winona. “People really have a hunger for live music and an event like this. We encourage people to explore our city and all we have to offer.”
Chase & Ovation, a Prince tribute act, is one of only a few acts of its kind to have the blessing of the late entertainer. Lead singer Tommy Chase was a childhood friend of the rock and roll legend who through music has kept the spirit of the late performer alive.
“I can’t think of a better way to turn the music back on in Winona than to honor a performer like Minnesota’s own Prince,” said Slaggie. “This show is just the start. The music is back.”
Slaggie said plans will be announced soon for the annual Highway 61 Concert Series.
“It’s an exciting time to be actually planning to have events back again,” he said. “In the meantime, we are extremely excited for this July 10 show outside at a great and legendary venue.”
Hurry Back Productions exists to provide performing arts, cultural and educational programing and to help promote the arts in Winona and Southeast Minnesota. The Highway 61 Concert Series is held annually at the historic St. Cecilia Theater on the campus of Cotter Schools. For more information, follow us on www.facebook.com/hurrybackproductions, www.instagram.com/hurrybackproductions and twitter.com/hurry_back, or visit www.hurryback.org.