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‘Bruce in the USA’ rocks the Rotary Pavilion

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Bruce in the USA band members Matt Ryan and Matthew Sully rock out. (Star Gazette photos by Michelle Wirth)2 / 5
Attendees set up lawn chairs surrounding the pavilion before the concert began. 3 / 5
Vendors were available for attendees. 4 / 5
Joey Lunsford is the pianist for “Bruce in the USA.” (Star Gazette photo by Michelle Wirth)5 / 5

Rock music could be heard from the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Hastings Saturday night. The Hastings Area Rotary Club hosted “Bruce in the USA – The World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.” More than 500 people attended the event, according to the Rotary Club.

The parking lot between Sibley and Ramsey streets was closed off and food vendors – including Bella Vista and Green Mill – set up booths. The Rotary Club was also selling beer and wine. Music was played over the loudspeaker as attendees set up lawn chairs surrounding the pavilion before “Bruce in the USA” took the stage at 8 p.m.

Hastings resident Jeanne Eglinton said she and her husband came out to the concert for something to do and they were pleased with how nice of a night it turned out to be.

“We’re just here to support the Hastings Rotary as their fundraiser and both (are) Bruce Springsteen fans,” she said.

The Rotary Pavilion was donated to the city by the Hastings Rotary Club. The group was excited to present “Bruce in the USA” because it celebrated the vision they had for how the pavilion would be used.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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