Sons of Knut concert to feature classic rock favorites

Local band, “Sons of Knut” will perform the music of The Beatles, Rolling Stones and more during a concert Thursday, at Maple Island park in Little Falls. Pictured are (from left): Roar Hartold, Byron Nelson and Darryl Nilsen. The man in the background with the cymbal covering his face is Joe Woodstrup.

A classic rock concert presented by Great River Arts Association (GRAA) will be held Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Little Falls at Maple Island Park. Part of GRAA’s Arts in the Park, the free concert will be performed by local band, “Sons of Knut.”

Playing songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and other classic rock bands, Sons of Knut still love the music they listened to in their youth.

“We decided the bottom line to this adventure of starting this band was to have fun, so we play the music we like from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s,” said Byron Nelson, singer and guitarist for Sons of Knut.

Formed in 2005, Sons of Knut began as a retirement hobby. At the time, Nelson hadn’t picked up a guitar in 30 years.

“I needed something to put my energy into. So I enlisted my friend Roar Hartold and we purchased electric guitars and amplifiers and began our rock band journey,” Nelson said.

Today, the band has two additional members, Darryl Nilsen and Joe Woodstrup. The name Sons of Knut pays homage to the foursome’s shared Norwegian and Danish heritage.

A variety of musical experience exists within Sons of Knut. Hartold played professionally in a band in Norway during the 1960s and ‘70s. Nilsen worked as a radio deejay for more than 20 years.

Sons of Knut’s goal in sharing their nostalgic music is to help their audiences reconnect with fond memories.

“I like looking out into the crowd and seeing signs of song recognition, like the tapping of a foot or the nodding of a head. If we can send the audience home with a smile on their face, reminiscing about the time and place our music comes from, then we’ve accomplished our mission, to have fun,” Nelson said.

As the hub for the arts in the greater Morrison County area, Great River Arts is a welcoming, supportive and inspirational gathering place. Creativity meets community in the music and theater performances, exhibits and classes the organization offers for all ages and skill levels in its downtown Little Falls headquarters and in satellite locations throughout the county.