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Local bands/musicians needed for 2018 Down by the Riverside Free Concert Series.

Down by the Riverside

ROCHESTER, MN,- Riverside Concerts is seeking local bands/musicians to play the opening slots at the Down by the Riverside Free Summer Concert Series. All musical genres will be considered. Original material is encouraged.

Down by the Riverside Requirements:

1). must have enough material to fill a 45 minute set

 2). must provide own backline (on-stage instruments and amplification)

 3). must be based in Southeast MN, or at least have one member with a direct tie (, e.g., "attended an area high school," "grew up on a farm in rural Doge County," etc.) to the 11 county region around SE MN (Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona).

To apply, please submit a press kit, or a link to an electronic press kit, that includes photos, bios, a song-list, and at least (3) three audio/video recordings.

Please also indicate the name of the city the band is based in. Be sure to include a contact person’s name, phone, and e-mail. 

Submissions should be postmarked no later than March 1, 2018.

Direct all submissions to:

Local Band Submissions
c/o Riverside Concerts
201 4th St. SE, Suite 170
Rochester MN 55904

By submitting a press kit, you are granting Riverside Concerts the right to share samples of your band's music with headliners who request approval of opening act rights. For more information, call (507) 328-2201 or e-mail

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Opener: MM Jr.

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 7:00 PM


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On Sunday, July 30 (Week #4) at 7PM in Mayo ParkLIVING COLOUR comes to #rochmn to perform at Think Mutual Bank's Down by the Riverside Free Concert Series! Media Sponsor: MN 97.5 Greatest Hits

Politically driven in their lyrics and eclectic & experimental in their sound, Living Colour made an indelible mark on the ‘80s/’90s music scene, picking-up two Grammies, three MTV Video Music Awards, opening slots on tours with Guns & Roses and The Rolling Stones, and a slew of hit singles including "Love Rears Its Ugly Head", "Type", "Glamour Boys", and "Cult of Personality".

During the 1980s, rock had become completely segregated and predictable; the opposite of the late '60s/early '70s, when such musically and ethnically varied artists as Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone, and Santana ruled the Earth. But bands such as New York's Living Colour helped break down the doors by the end of the '80s, leading to a much more open-minded musical landscape that would eventually pave the way for future bands (Rage Against the Machine, Sevendust, etc.). Starting with Vivid and continuing on future albums, the band showed that rock could still convey a message.

Spearheaded by guitarist Vernon Reid, Living Colour emerged into the scene and stood out like a sore thumb - their music a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, funk, hard rock and heavy metal.  By 1986, the band started to solidify, with Glover joining on vocals, bassist Muzz Skillings and drummer Will Calhoun anchoring the rhythm section that helped hone their unique blend of music with broad-based appeal.   Their debut album, Vivid eventually became a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning success.

Living Colour’s instrumental prowess gave them a level of critical respect most other bands of that ilk were not afforded. The band built up quite the following in their original eleven year run, picking-up two consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance and three MTV Video Music Awards.

Living Colour still stands as one of today’s finest hard rock, metal, funk, fusion bands – make sure you check them out.

MM Jr.:Blending elements of pop punk, and rock, the band fuses energetic, punchy riffs and beats with catchy, fun, and memorable vocals to create a sound that gets people having fun.