Local talent brings live music to Legends & Logging Days – Park Rapids Enterprise

This year’s Legends and Logging Musical Acts on Saturday, August 13 in downtown Park Rapids will feature a selection of local talent.

Raised in Austin, Minnesota, Scott Jasmin has lived in Park Rapids since April and plays a mix of 1970’s radio hits and original small town songs. He is the opening act for Legends and Logging on August 13th in downtown Park Rapids.

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Singer and guitarist Scott Jasmin will open the program and perform from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

Originally from Austin, Minnesota, Jasmine has worked as a registered nurse at the Mayo Clinic, as a youth counselor, and as a worship leader. After living in New Mexico for two years and visiting their RV at Tenmile Lake near Hackensack, the Jasmins moved to Park Rapids in April.

“We just decided we’d rather live up north,” he said. “That’s where we want to be, and that feels like home.”

Jasmine’s solo act is booked up with gigs across the state this summer. Describing himself as a singer-songwriter, he shares his playlist of covers of 1970s radio hits – songs by James Taylor, Carole King, Carly Simon, the Eagles, America, Jackson Browne, Elton John, Neil Diamond and David Bowie and Fleetwood Mack – and plays original music, which he calls Small Town Songs.

“All of my songs are Austin-related, or at least an homage to small-town life,” he said.

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Debbie Center and Doug Kuehn enjoy one of their recurring engagements on Wine Not? to improvise together. The local duo will be the second act in the live music program at Legends and Logging Days on August 13 in downtown Park Rapids.

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From 12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., saxophonist Doug Kuehn and pianist Debbie Center will perform. They also play with Charley Wagner that night at Revel Brewing from 6pm to 9pm.

Center said the duo began playing together in December 2021 when Wine Not? asked for holiday music.

“We had never played together before, but we both love to improvise, so we knew we’d have a great time together,” she said.

Playing a mix of old standards, jazz and blues, they cover The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Billy Joel, the Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt and more.

Trained as a classical pianist, Center said she now finds classical music limiting and is more looking forward to jamming with other musicians and creating music in the moment. “I love using our music to create an engaging conversation with other musicians as we play each other off,” she said.

Kuehn repaired woodwinds and played saxophone in various Twin Cities groups for 40 years. “I enjoy meeting new people like Debbie to play with in retirement,” he said. “Our like-minded approach to pop music allows for experimentation with some well-known pieces of music.”

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Taylor Schroeder will perform his blend of classic rock, folk and country music during Legends and Logging on August 13 in downtown Park Rapids.

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Closing the program from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Taylor Schroeder from Virginia, Minnesota will sing and also play guitar and harmony.

Originally from Nevis, Schroeder said he has been involved with music his entire life. “However, my guitar adventure began a little over a decade ago,” he said. “I get inspired and play music from all genres of music, but my focus is on classic rock, folk and country.”

Described on social media as adept at playing bars, restaurants, cafes and weddings, he performs covers of many popular songs from all of these genres.

8th Annual Fawn Fun Fest

The Sleeping Fawn Resort is hosting a free Beach Music Concert on Sunday, August 14 from 2:30pm to 5:00pm on the north shore of Stocking Lake.

The Whips, a funky, groovy, fun band from Kansas City, Mo. will be playing.

Bring your own chair or blanket. The public car park opens at 1:30pm for the shuttle service. A beer and vineyard garden, food vendors, face painting, playground and garden games are available, with a hat being passed on to raise funds for Northwoods Wildlife Rescue.

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