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First of four Rockin' Robbins concerts set for tonight

Matt Vee and the Killer Vees will be the headliners for the first Rockin' Robbins concert of the season. The show begins at 5 p.m. tonight. Photo by Dennis Benson

WILLMAR — The third annual Rockin' Robbins concert series opens tonight at Robbins Island, with Matt Vee and the Killer Vees headlining the first show.

Vee will be performing a classic country tribute with music from the stars of golden age of country music including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton.

The opening act is Church of Cash, a tribute to Johnny Cash.

The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m.

In addition to music, there will be food vendors, a beer and wine tent, kids activities and the Foot Lake Market.

A free shuttle will run every 15 minutes from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. to Robbins Island, with stops at Heritage Bank, Kennedy Elementary and Willmar Middle School.

Rockin' Robbins is hosted by the Willmar Rotary Club and is a fundraiser for projects at Robbins Island. Proceeds come from beverage sales, vendor fees and from the event sponsors.

In 2016 the concerts raised $20,907, which was donated to the Friends of Robbins Island Fund to help construct the Destination Playground.

Last year's concerts raised $38,487, which was used to create a new sign and landscaping at the entrance to the park.

There are three additional Rockin' Robbins concerts scheduled for this summer. Pamela McNeill's Fleetwood Mac Tribute will take the stage on July 24; Big Toe and the Jam on July 31 and the Fabulous Armadillos will close out the 2018 edition of Rockin' Robbins on Aug. 7.