Crooners Lakeside Drive-In LIVE

Crooners Lakeside Drive-In LIVE – Michael Monroe

50 more tickets go on sale at 10 am Friday 5/8/2020.This show was moved from 5/12 to 6/13 and it is now moved to 6/2, 7p!

Can you believe it? Be part of our very first Drive-In Concert at Crooners, watch me sing from the comfort of your car! 7:00pm, be there or be square!

Performing James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens & my original tunes!

SEE YOU VERY SOON, this show sold out for May 12 and is now rescheduled 6/13, due to the GOV Stay at Home extension.

For MORE INFO about the series.

Performed on a mobile, festival-grade concert stage from Crooners’ high capacity private parking lot, the Lakeside Drive-In shows will harken back to the vintage movie drive-in, a staple of the heartland several generations ago. Set against the backdrop of picturesque Moore Lake, the shows start at 7pm taking advantage of the changing light at sundown. A summer grill menu of picnic specialties with a Midwestern flair will be available, with items brought to your car.

Crooners is nestled off Central Avenue/Highway 65, just north of 694 in Fridley.  Tickets are now available for online purchase at www.croonersmn.com with per person prices either $15, $20 or $30 depending on the show. In addition to the stage’s high-quality live sound, local station KBEM Jazz88 is partnering with the series to simulcast select shows on the radio (88.5 FM), and online at jazz88.fm, providing audience members with a high-fidelity drive-in sound.

“This is our first initiative in a plan that has several stages,” says Crooners owner Mary M. Tjosvold, who owns Mary T. Inc., a health care line of businesses.  “We want to give audiences a safe option during this period of transition, as we approach the difficult yet essential process of getting ourselves outside and small businesses like restaurants working again.”

At the outset audiences will be asked to remain in their vehicles for the shows.  Moving forward Crooners will welcome guests to sit outside their cars if they wish to organize space immediately adjacent to their vehicles -- with lawn chairs brought from home, while observing social distancing.  “We are planning a delicious summer grill menu with pop, beer and wine available,” says Mary T.  “For this our staff and servers are learning new distancing guidelines for food and drink and adapting the to-go concept on our refreshments to make the most of our unique setting. We are confident our shows this spring and summer will be truly customer-friendly and safe.”  Indoor restroom facilities with an attendant will be available.

“Since the start of the pandemic we have been hearing from artists and audiences alike,” says Crooners music director Andrew Walesch.  “The same message keeps ringing loud and clear: we want to get back to live music and earning a living.  We believe we have found a high quality and safe way to get back to the exceptional live music we appreciate putting on stage, especially the popular performers who are launching this series.”

In addition to the Drive-In concerts, in the coming weeks Crooners plans to restart its new Keep Music Live streaming concert series broadcast from Crooners for at-home audiences.  (A $25K fund to underwrite these shows, raised by local arts patrons and administered by the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, has already supported some 40 musicians who were initially booked in the series.) Announced on March 26, the series was postponed on April 2 because of the stay-at-home order.

And as State guidelines on restaurant operations come on line, Crooners will announce the start date of its new Lakeside Café, featuring outdoor dinner-shows, again observing new standards of social distance.  With a tented stage framed by Moore Lake, and tented outdoor patio table seating, this wholesome new experience will be modeled on a Parisian sidewalk café with ambient music before the concerts.

“We have been doing what we can since the outset of the pandemic to support our entire community -- musicians, workers and our audiences,” says Mary T.  “We want to be ready to serve everyone again, in safety, while recognizing the huge importance of the arts for our livelihoods and our shared well-being.”

Mary T. Inc. provides supportive living and health services to the elderly and people with disabilities, including assisted and independent community living, home health and hospice in four states, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland and Arizona. The incidence of positive coronavirus cases system-wide is extremely low, with no reported cases in its Minnesota facilities.

Tickets to the Lakeside Drive-In shows, which are $15, $20 or $30 per person (not per vehicle), are now on sale, and can be purchased online only by visiting www.croonersmn.com.  Questions may be e-mailed to boxoffice@croonersloungemn.com.  Vehicles will be admitted to the Crooners Drive-In area, and given their first-come-first-serve vehicle locations 1 hour prior to show time.  Additional tickets and “drive-up” orders may be purchased on site the day of the concerts, subject to availability, starting one-hour before show times. Crooners is located at 6161 Highway 65 NE, just north of Minneapolis and 694 in Fridley.