Arts Downtown Park Rapids TONIGHT 5-7 p.m.

Rebby Lee will play at Bella Caffe

It’s April 19th, the third Thursday of the month, and the arts are alive in Park Rapids, Minnesota. Head over to Beagle Books to listen to LouAnn Muhm’s students from Nevis High School read their original poetry.  The Bella Caffe  is featuring Rebby Lee and Good Life Cafe hosts the Northern Bass Family Band. What a night!

Rebby Lee will be featured from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè. A singer, songwriter, lyricist, pianist, guitar player, violinist, drummer, poet, writer and photographer, she has played at Itasca State Park once or twice a year since 1999 and will return to the park this year on Aug. 4 and Sept. 15. She writes songs of nature and people, inspired by the north woods. “I love the area and am grateful for its inspiration,” she says.  Among the songs she will share are “In the Woods” and “Dance of the Norway Pines.”

In honor of National Poetry Month, LouAnn Muhm, poet and English instructor at Nevis High School, will bring students to read their original poetry from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Beagle Books.

Northern Bass Family Band will play from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe. Band members are Brian Bass on drums and vocals, Louise Bass on keyboard, bass and vocals, and Dan Bass on guitar and vocals. They have been playing together since 2006 and perform a variety of music including early rock ’n roll, surf instrumentals and standards. They were featured on a Lakeland News “In Focus” segment and enjoy playing at assorted venues and fundraising events. The Bass Family likes spending time playing together and living in rural Northern Minnesota.

Third Thursday events are designed to bring audiences to see and hear visual artists, musicians, writers and other artists in businesses in downtown Park Rapids on the Third Thursday of the month. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to make a free will donation to the artists. Contact Lu Ann Hurd-Lof at 652-4081 or

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.