Pearson Lakes Art Center

One more outdoor concert at Pearson Lakes Art Center

The Pearson Lakes Art Center is wrapping up their unexpected outdoor concert season with a performance by the Borderline Outlaws.

Scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, the show will be open to the public for a free will donation and serve as a fundraiser for the outdoor audio equipment the facility has acquired over the course of the summer.

“Back when all this first started we all agreed that this is the community’s art center,” said Bob Kirschbaum, executive director of the art center. “So we took the art center to the community with our art classes, grab and go bags, virtual art tours and when we made it to summer of course we still couldn’t be indoors.”

That is when it was decided to take advantage of the outdoor campus of the art center as another avenue for entertainment.

“People were just wanting to do get out and do something so we kind of went along with the ‘Field of Dreams’ concept that if you build it they will come,” Kirschbaum said. “We felt it as the community’s art center we needed to do something for the community. Of course we didn’t have the equipment for outdoor concerts but we were able to pull things off with people willing to let us borrow and rent equipment.”

Eventually it made more sense for the art center to purchase its own equipment.

Art center donors and the Pearson Art Foundation will match up to $10,000 in donations from the concert.

“We really appreciate the generosity of the Pearsons. So if someone gives $10, they’re really giving $20, or if they give $100, it’s really $200,” Kirschbaum said.

In the long run it will be put to good use.

The coronavirus pandemic may have forced concerts outside out of necessity, but the art center plans to add them to their regularly scheduled offerings going forward.

“From the positive reaction we’ve had this year we’ll likely have some outdoor events again next year,” Kirschbaum said. “One thing we’ve heard from a lot of people too, is that it helped them realize what a beautiful campus we do have here. A lot of people hadn’t been on that side of the art center before.”

And so for the final time this year guests will get the chance to enjoy live music in the great outdoors at the art center.

Performing arts director Rachelle Fratzke expects this one to be quite of fun.

“We’ve got that whole space out there where people can come and dance and have a good time,” Fratzke said.

People might already know the group as they were formerly known as Jessie James and the Outlaws.

Under a new moniker they’re sure to still get the crowd up and moving.

Joining them on stage for the night will be special guest Terry Klein.

“They’re known for being a dance band. They do play a lot of country and get into a lot of the ’50s music,” Fratzke said. “I know it’s going to be a lot of fun.”