Park to host two concerts

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Park Elementary will host two concerts headlined by Mollie B on Saturday, Nov. 17.

It is the second consecutive year the elementary school has hosted the concerts. Nearly 400 people attended last year's concerts.

The concerts, which also include Squeezebox and the Jim Busta Band, will take place at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Each show lasts approxixately 2 hours, which includes a 15-minute intermission. Doors will open one hour ahead of time. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the show. Seats are not assigned. Call 608-516-1593 or 608-779-0175 to learn more or to purchase tickets.

The concerts were the idea of Park custodian Rod "Peanuts" Esser, and are fundraisers to benefit the school and students. He also helped organize a concert headlined by Maggie Mae at the Performing Arts Center in April 2015 that more than 625 people attended and raised more than $10,000 for the MCPASD Education Foundation.

Esser noted Mollie B and the Jim Busta Band made a sizable donation to Park after the concerts in 2017.

On Friday, Nov. 16, a private polka party will be held for Park staff, along with students and their families. Mollie B. and other members of her father's band and dance troupe will also again work with Park students during the school day, teaching them about the history of polka and also working with them on dancing.

The shows will be held in the Park gym. The middle of the gym floor will be left open for attendees to dance.

Mollie B. has been named the National and International Polka Association Favorite Female Vocalist every year since 2009. She will be accompanied by her father, Jim Busta, and her husband, Ted Lange. Visit the Mollie B website to learn more.