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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: Second Story

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Mayo Park
30 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, Minnesota 55904


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On Sunday, July 16 (Week #2) at 7PM in Mayo ParkDESSA comes to #rochmn to perform at Think Mutual Bank's Down by the Riverside Free Concert Series! Media Sponsor: THE CURRENT

DESSA is a rapper, singer and essayist whom the Utne Reader calls, “A one-woman powerhouse…with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés.” As a musician she tours as a solo artist and as a member of Doomtree, the innovative Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective. On stage she's funny and ferocious, but also tender—her live show includes rapid-fire rap songs, heartbreak ballads, catchy choruses, and some charismatic banter fueled by wit and whiskey. She’s landed on the Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist (Parts of Speech) and as a Doomtree member (All Hands), and has made a career out of bucking traditional genre designations–rapping at Lollapalooza, arranging for full choir, and co-writing classical works for an orchestra. As a writer, she’s contributed to MPR, the Star Tribune, literary journals around the country, has published two short collections of her own, and is currently at work on her first book-length collection of personal essays. Dessa also contributed a track to the Hamilton Mixtape (which reached #1 on the Billboard charts) She splits her time between Minneapolis and New York.

Second Story is a Grunge Folk band from Rochester, MN. The group started when Sterling Haukom (vocals and guitars) wanted to bring his acoustic music to heavie...r levels; adding the subtle intensity of Tim Kline's drumming and controlled chaos of Mike Terrill's bass. Returning to the loud guitars, feedback and solos, Second Story brings the sound of their youth combined with the modern styling of today. While still in the early stages of their life, Second Story has already recorded their first EP and are continuing to kick out new songs. Download their first EP for free at and follow them on Facebook.