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New concert series coming to Canterbury Park this summer

The series will feature six concerts starting in August.

There's a new concert series coming to Canterbury Park in Shakopee this summer. 

Canterbury Park, in partnership with Sue McLean and Associates, is launching the inaugural Canterbury Park Concert Series, which will include six concerts in August and September. 

“Canterbury Park has always been a great home for music. We’re excited to kick off this new concert series with Sue McLean and Associates,” Canterbury Park Vice President of Marketing John Groen said. “We’re thrilled with the lineup for the first-year series, and the racetrack should provide a unique backdrop for concert-goers to enjoy the outdoors.”

The concert series kicks off on Aug. 2 with Old Crow Medicine Show. It will also feature concerts from En Vogue (Aug. 6), Steve Earle and the Dukes (Aug. 7), The Robert Cray Band (Aug. 16), Daughtry (Aug. 21) and Blackberry Smoke (Sept. 3). 

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 18, and can be purchased online here. The concert will feature reserved seating in the grandstand area in front of the stage and VIP ticket packages are available. 

This music series has been in the works for a while and can now happen thanks to COVID-19 restrictions being lifted. 

Sue McLean and Associates is also behind Music in the Zoo, the annual concert series at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. That event was canceled last year due to COVID-19 and isn't be held this year either. 

"Canterbury Park Concert Series is not replacing Music in the Zoo," Sue McLean and Associates Market Director Ali Gregory told Bring Me The News. "We hope to be back at the Minnesota Zoo for Music in the Zoo next summer, as well as partnering with Canterbury for this new series."

The Star Tribune reported in April that the annual Music in the Zoo series was being held at Canterbury Park and the Hilde Amphitheater in Plymouth instead after Sue McLean and Associates couldn't come to an agreement with the Minnesota Zoo. 

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