Lyric Arts is proud to present our Music in the 'Burbs concert series! We bring in some of the most well-known local Minnesota artists from bluegrass to rock to folk for an intimate evening of song right in downtown Anoka.

Each year this series gets stronger and stronger—and sells out quickly. Purchase your Pick 6 Package today!


2018-2019 Concert Lineup

A Tribute to James Taylor—Fire & Rain

Friday, Sept 28 at 7:30 pm

Fire and Rain: A James Taylor Tribute, represents those inspired, making music of their own for decades, now bringing it full circle in an evening of James Taylor music.

James Taylor is an American folk icon with countless hits including, “Carolina in My Mind”, “Something in the Way She Moves”, “You’ve Got a Friend”, “Sweet Baby James” and of course “Fire and Rain”.  This tribute honors his legacy in an evening of classic and current James Taylor songs.


Billy & Elton—A Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John

Wednesday, Oct 24 at 7:30 pm

With a combined 10 Grammy awards, 1 Tony, 1 Academy Award and nearly 500 million album sales, Billy Joel and Elton John are two of the world’s biggest music icons and most celebrated “Piano Men”.  

Performing this show is internationally acclaimed pop pianist and vocalist Phil Thompson, with a full 6 piece backing band featuring some of the Twin Cities best session players (including guitar virtuoso Jake Hegna and Scott Dorff on tenor, alto and soprano sax). This show will bring the entire Billy & Elton songbook to life the way it was meant to be heard.


The New Standards

Friday, Nov 2 at 7:30 pm

Minnesota stalwarts The New Standards create an intriguing blend of everything from classic cabaret to punk rock, from the freedom of jazz, to the soul of pop and rock. They make it work through sheer musicianship and offbeat humor.  

The instrumentation is simple: John Munson of Trip Shakespeare/Semisonic fame on bass; Chan Poling, founder of the new-wave group The Suburbs on piano; and Steve Roehm on vibes. Chan and John split the singing. If that's not enough, a footstomp here, a shout-out, a fiery solo, and it's cooked. Simple, elegant, illuminating.


Sinatra & Company Presents "That Holiday Feeling"

Wednesday, Dec 5 at 7:30 pm

Sinatra and Company Presents “That Holiday Feeling,” a fun-filled variety holiday show featuring the talents of award-winning vocalist Tim Patrick, accomplished singer and producer Colleen Raye and top-notch big band vocalist Debbie O’Keefe, each bringing their own brand of talent and charisma to the stage. You’ll hear wonderful renditions of your favorites put to music by Musical Director Todd Matheson and the 10-piece Blue Eyes Band.

“That Holiday Feeling” will feature songs from the Andy Williams Collection, Karen Carpenter, Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and more, as well as sing-a-longs, audience participation and rousing versions of classic holiday tunes and more! This good-natured group of singers and musicians makes everyone feel at home the minute the show starts and a sure fire guarantee people will go home with “That Holiday Feeling.”


A Kat Perkins Christmas

Wednesday, Dec 19 at 7:30 pm

“Home for the Holidays – A Kat Perkins Christmas” is an incredible blend of traditional Christmas songs with Kat’s modern spin and show-stopping original holiday music. Her storytelling is heartwarming. She incorporates her audience with crowd participation and even features up and coming talent at each venue! It’s visually, musically, and emotionally stunning – an event for the entire family!


Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Show

Saturday, Dec 29 at 7:30 pm

Tonic Sol-fa is a ground-breaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota, in constant development since their formation two decades ago. TSF stands as one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music with Emmy Award winning arrangements and multi-million selling compositions.

Celebrate the holiday season at this popular show. The guys have arranged a fantastic a cappella show, fun for any age!


A Tribute to ABBA with Abbasolutely Fab!

Wednesday, Jan 23 at 7:30 pm

Remember all the hits by ABBA? Mamma Mia, Take A Chance on Me? Well, Abbasolutely Fab does and they are coming to Lyric Arts this winter to showcase the best of ABBA. Hear all the hits done to perfection transporting you back in time. This group features an all-star lineup of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and British musicians.


A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac—Rumours & Dreams

Wednesday, Feb 20 at 7:30 pm

With a band made up of some of the Midwest’s finest talent including Pamela McNeill, Mary Jane Alm & Jeff Engholm on vocals and a host of A-List musicians, “Rumours and Dreams” will take you on a journey that walks through one of the richest songbooks in rock and roll history.  Featuring classic hits like “Rhiannon”, “The Chain”, “Don’t Stop”, “Go Your Own Way” , “Landslide” and “Gypsy”, this is the concert event that will have everyone on their feet.


Transit Authority—A Tribute to the Music of CHICAGO

Friday, Mar 8 at 7:30 pm

Since performing their very first shows together in the early spring of 2004, Transit Authority has become known throughout the U.S. as the premier tribute band to the iconic group Chicago. Based out of Saint Paul, Minnesota, this eight member ensemble creates an accurate musical salute to the greatest horn driven rock band to ever hit the stage. Transit Authority's mission is to recreate the excitement of the original Chicago's sound with each and every performance. (Minus the cracks and pops of the vinyl!)

Transit Authority has assembled some amazingly talented musicians who meticulously capture all the nuances of the original recordings and will honestly make you believe you are witnessing the real thing. Performing mega-hits such as, "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", "Hard Habit to Break", "Make Me Smile", "Old Days", "Just You 'n Me", "Beginnings", "Wake Up Sunshine", and many more.


I Am, He Said—A Celebration of Neil Diamond Starring Matt Vee*

Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 pm

*Available for Single Ticket purchase only

With songs like "Cracklin’ Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", and "Sweet Caroline", Neil Diamond sold over 100 million records worldwide, and produced musical hits spanning five decades. As a Tin Pan Alley song writer in the mid 60s, he penned songs recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Deep Purple and, of course, the Monkee’s classic, "I’m A Believer". Join Matt, Jeff, and Tommy Vee (nephew and sons of the legendary Bobby Vee), for a celebration of this amazing music icon.


An Evening with Chris Hawkey

Friday, April 19 at 7:30 pm

Chris Hawkey, the self-described luckiest man in the world, was born and raised in Union City, a small town that rests on the state-line that separates Ohio from Indiana.  He spent his youth competing in a wide variety of sports while dreaming of seeing the world through the windows of a tour bus. Having joined his first band at the age of 15, Chris began his pursuit of “the dream” while still in high school, playing “every bar and city festival within a 100 mile radius”. 

On October 1, 2016, Chris Hawkey released the single “Good Liar”, a fantastic song written by country-music legend Brett James that found immediate radio airplay.  The song was the first release from the forthcoming album “Shine”, which will be released in late 2016.


Holy Rocka Rollaz

Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 pm

Take an authentic trip back to the fantastic 50s with The Holy Rocka Rollaz!

If it’s the classic early rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash (and many more!) that you want, played just the way those legends played it…you have found your dream band! Minnesota’s own Holy Rocka Rollaz bring back the sound, the look, the memories and nostalgia of one of America’s most treasured eras. There’s nothing but PURE EARLY AMERICAN ROCK ‘n’ ROLL about them.