Crooners cleared to launch ‘Lakeside Drive-In’ concert series

Courtesy of Crooners

After a delayed start due to the state’s stay-at-home order, Crooners Supper Club has announced that its “Lakeside Drive-In” concert series will kick off June 1. The concerts present a fresh take on a favorite pastime: the drive-in experience.

Gov. Tim Walz’s new executive order 20-56, announced May 13, allows drive-in events, and Crooners is ready to capitalize with 16 drive-in concerts from June 1 to June 10.

Some of the acts slated to appear include Ginger Commodore and Jesse Larson with “A Night of Classic Soul” on June 4, and Minnesota’s “First Lady of Song” Debbie Duncan on June 7.

“Because of our unique outdoor setting and large footprint, we can be at the forefront of getting performances to occur in ways that meet safety guidelines, as circumstances continue to evolve,” stated Crooners owner Mary M. Tjosvold, who also owns Mary T. Inc., a health care line of businesses.

Performed on a raised festival-grade concert stage from Crooners’ private parking lot, the “Lakeside Drive-In” shows are set against the backdrop of picturesque Moore Lake, with 7 pm start-times to take advantage of the changing light at sundown. Select shows will be simulcast on KBEM Jazz88, both on the radio (88.5 FM), and online at jazz88.fm.

A summer grill menu of picnic specialties with a Midwestern flair will be available, with items brought to vehicles. No alcoholic beverages can be purchased for the concerts.

“The live arts are a very big part of our identity here in the Twin Cities. We want them to come back to health and strength, and we are prepared to try whatever we can to get musicians playing again and audiences enjoying good times and restaurants serving customers safely. It’s a challenging task but we’re ready to do it.”

Crooners is located at 6161 Highway 65 NE, just north of Minneapolis and 694 in Fridley. Previous ticketholders have been given the option of transferring their tickets to the new dates. Tickets to the Lakeside Drive-In shows, which are $15, $20, $25 or $30 per person (not per vehicle), are now on sale and can be purchased online only at www.croonersmn.com.

For more info, visit boxoffice@croonersloungemn.com. Vehicles will be admitted to the Crooners drive-in area and given first-come-first-serve vehicle locations one hour prior to show time (larger vehicles park in the back row.) Additional tickets and “drive-up” orders may be purchased on-site the day of the concerts, subject to availability, starting one hour before showtimes.

—Information provided by Crooners Supper Club.