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  • CASSADEE POPE @ Down by the Riverside - Week #3 CASSADEE POPE @ Down by the Riverside - Week #3

    Opener: County Line Drive

    Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 7:00 PM

    Mayo Park

    FREE

    Season 3 winner of “The Voice” who sold over a million downloads of her breakout single “Wasting All These Tears”, took home CMT ‘Next Women of Country’ and ‘Breakthrough Video of the Year’ Awards, and scored opening slots on tours with Rascall Flats, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, and most recently, Chris Young, her duet partner on the Grammy nominated chart topping song "Think of You".

    On Sunday, July 23 (Week #3 - Country Night) at 7PM in Mayo ParkCASSADEE POPE comes to #rochmn to perform at Think Mutual Bank's Down by the Riverside Free Concert Series! Media Sponsor: 102.5 The Fox

    Fresh off her Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Academy of Country Music Award nomination for Vocal Event of The Year, both for her #1 duet with Chris Young, “Think of You”, Cassadee Pope is off to a momentous start to 2017. Her recent Summer EP debuted new music for eager fans and dominated the iTunes #1 Country spot upon release with the title track’s music video garnering over 5 million views. Last year, Cassadee was nominated for a 2016 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Country Artist. Her chart-topping debut album Frame by Frame produced the breakout hit “Wasting All These Tears,” which sold over 1 million downloads and solidified the powerhouse vocalist as part of a distinct group of solo female Country artists to score PLATINUM certification of a debut single. She has previously toured with Superstars Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker and Chris Young.

    County Line Drive: Since their formation in late 2011, County Line Drive has been the pinnacle of live, non-stop action country music. This four-piece band, consisting of Brandon Stanek on lead vocals and guitar, Ryan Utterback on drums, Nick Danielson on guitar, and Blake Bonde and Drew Medin sharing bass responsibilities, has made a lot of noise in the midwest country music scene. With their thunderous rhythm section, lightning guitar work, and tight harmonies, each member brings their own flair to CLD's brand of country music. From sharing the stage with Grand Ole Opry member Craig Morgan at Harvest Jam, rockin' the stage at Country Fest, or playing town street dances, county fairs, and bars, County Line Drive is committed to bringing their audience the best country music every time they hit the stage.

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  • LIVING COLOUR  @Down by the Riverside - Week #4 LIVING COLOUR @Down by the Riverside - Week #4

    Opener: MM Jr.

    Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 7:00 PM

    FREE

    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".

    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.

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  • PERT NEAR SANDSTONE @Down by the Riverside - Week #5 PERT NEAR SANDSTONE @Down by the Riverside - Week #5

    Opener: The Heavy Set

    Sunday, August 06, 2017 - 7:00 PM

    Mayo Park

    FREE

    Bluegrass/newgrass band from the Twin Cities and part of the Minnesota Roots Music scene that includes contemporaries Charlie Parr, 4onthefloor, and Trampled By Turtles. Former full-time member (and now collaborator) Ryan Young plays fiddle with Trampled By Turtles. Dave Simonett of Trampled By Turtles has cited Pert Near Sandstone as one of his favorite contemporary bluegrass acts.

    On Sunday, August 6 (Week #5) at 7PM in Mayo ParkPERT NEAR SANDSTONE comes to #rochmn to perform at Think Mutual Bank's Down by the Riverside Free Concert Series! Media Sponsor: THE CURRENT

    Take old time music off the back porch, throw out the hillbilly reputation, and put it in the hands of a group of guys that like to work hard and play even harder. PERT NEAR SANDSTONE rejuvenates American stringband music with raw energy; they play tightly-crafted original material that lends itself to the modern audience, as well as being stewards of the old-time and bluegrass traditions. They are just as at home playing fully acoustic in the traditional style as they are plugged in at an indie rock venue. From saloons to theaters, hollering into a single microphone and laying thick rhythm on driving fiddle melodies, their sweat-inducing, foot-stomping live performances keep crowds begging for more all night long.

    PERT NEAR SANDSTONE emerged from the same roots-based musical hotbed in Minneapolis that gave birth to Bob Dylan, The Jayhawks and Spider John Koerner. Originally formed by four friends from the same hometown, PERT NEAR SANDSTONE formed unintentionally over weekly, whiskey-fueled picking sessions in an old house in St. Paul, MN. They decided without any real intentions to start playing shows and the chemistry of their music and friendships, even early on, left people feeling like the party followed them everywhere they went. Word of the bands’ uncanny ability to whip audiences into frenzies spread and they were invited to play some of Minnesota’s most legendary venues including First Avenue, the Cedar Cultural Center and the Historic Orpheum Theater.

    The band has been taking their show across the country, paying their dues in smoke filled taverns and roadside juke joints while organically building a dedicated following from coast-to-coast. Their formative years on the road painstakingly paved the Pert Near path as the band traversed from city-to-city winning over audiences “the old fashioned way”; face-to-face.

    The band earned performances everywhere from the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival to A Prairie Home Companion, and shared bills on the road with the likes of Trampled By Turtles, Del McCoury, and Yonder Mountain String Band. As their reputation grew, they cemented their status as linchpins of the Midwestern scene by founding their very own festival, Blue Ox, which has featured performances by Bela Fleck, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Shovels & Rope, Justin Townes Earle, Blitzen Trapper, and more.

    In 2008, PERT NEAR SANDSTONE was hand-picked by Garrison Keillor to appear as the featured musical guest on A Prairie Home Companion where Garrison proclaimed that, “The group has become a force on the Minnesota roots music scene and beyond.” Fellow Minnesota speed-grass band Trampled by Turtles is proud to wave the Pert Near flag high and wide with band leader Dave Simonett calling PERT NEAR SANDSTONE one of his “favorite contemporary bluegrass acts in the United States.”

    It was roughly a decade ago that PERT NEAR SANDSTONE first gathered around a microphone in a Minneapolis basement to record their debut album, Up And Down The River. So much has happened since then: highs and lows, personal struggles and artistic triumphs, new faces and new sounds. The winding road they've traveled over the years makes it all the more meaningful for the band to come full circle on their dazzling new release, Discovery Of Honey, which finds them once again recording in a basement and reuniting with founding member Ryan Young, who's spent the past seven years touring the world playing fiddle with bluegrass stars Trampled By Turtles.

    The Heavy Set
    is a rock band out of Minneapolis whose latest studio release “Everybody’s Got A Mountain” has been met with local and regional acclaim.  Just their first full-length album, “Mountain” was recorded at Real Phonic Studios, with local legend Erik Koskinen producing and engineering, and also has Kevin Bowe credited with engineering a track at IPR.  Their single “River” was featured on The Current’s Local Show, and was placed twice on their annual Top 89 Polls (Top 89 Songs and Top 89 Local Songs).  No strangers to the road, the band just finished a midwest tour in support of the album, and also landed a Daytrotter session, regional press and radio in-studios.  Their debut studio release, the self-titled "Jake Ilika & The Heavy Set EP" was released in March of 2014.

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  • BURTON CUMMINGS Singer/Writer of the hits of THE GUESS WHO @ Down by the Riverside - Week #6 BURTON CUMMINGS Singer/Writer of the hits of THE GUESS WHO @ Down by the Riverside - Week #6

    Opener: Nite Shift

    Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

    Mayo Park

    FREE

    Few artists have achieved the level of public success and critical acclaim that Burton Cummings has enjoyed in a dazzling career spanning more than forty years. Whether as lead singer and songwriter with The Guess Who or on his own, Burton Cummings has amassed more hit records than just about any other Canadian performer in history. His voice has been rated among the finest in rock music. Hits include: “These Eyes”, “Laughing”, “No Time”, “American Woman”, “Share the Land”, “Clap for the Wolfman”, “Undun”, “No Sugar Tonight”, “Hand Me Down World”, “Star Baby”, “Dancin’ Fool”, and more.

    On Sunday, August 13 (Week #6 - Grand Finale) at 7PM in Mayo ParkBURTON CUMMINGS (singer/songwriter of the hits of THE GUESS WHO) comes to #rochmn to perform at Think Mutual Bank's Down by the Riverside Free Concert Series! Media Sponsor: Laser 101.7

    Few artists have achieved the level of public success and critical acclaim that BURTON CUMMINGS has enjoyed in a dazzling career spanning more than forty years. Whether as lead singer and songwriter with the Guess Who or on his own, BURTON CUMMINGS has amassed more hit records than just about any other Canadian performer in history. "These Eyes", "Laughing", "No Time", "American Woman", "Share The Land", "Hang On To Your Life", "Albert Flasher", "Sour Suite", "Orly", "Glamour Boy", "Star Baby", "Clap For The Wolfman", "Dancin’ Fool", "Stand Tall", "I’m Scared", "My Own Way To Rock", "I Will Play a Rhapsody", "Timeless Love", "Break It To Them Gently", "Dream Of A Child", "Fine State of Affairs", "Love Dreams", and "You Saved My Soul" all bear Burton’s distinctive stamp. His voice has been rated among the finest in rock music.

    As a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Canadian Walk of Fame, Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, Prairie Music Hall of Fame, six-time Juno Award winner, recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba, the Governor-General’s Performance Arts Award, 22 SOCAN Awards and several BMI (Broadcast Music Industry) awards for over 1 million airplays of his songs, BURTON CUMMINGS is one of the most celebrated rock artists in Canadian music history. With the Guess Who he earned the first US platinum album by a Canadian artist, and on his own the first quadruple platinum Canadian- produced album. Altogether Burton has earned some 80 platinum and gold record awards. Recently, the best-selling book The 100 Top Canadian Singles ranked American Woman the greatest Canadian single of all time. He also enjoys a world-wide stature shared by only a select few Canadian artists.

    The consummate artist, performer and professional, Burton possesses an extraordinary gift for entertaining. As a concert draw, he is second to none delighting audiences from 10 to 10,000. His most recent album, 2008’s critically-acclaimed Above The Ground, was his first ever to feature all original songs by Burton. Fans and critics alike glowed with superlatives citing the album as his best work in decades.

    Canadian rock music royalty, Burton Cummings remains at the top of his game as an unrivaled singer, songwriter and recording artist

    Nite Shift: Since forming in early 2008, Nite Shift has delivered a series of high-energy, fun-filled performances, rocking the Southeast Minnesota music scene. Nite Shift specializes in their own renditions of the best rock n' roll songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, and today's current hits. With both male and female lead power vocals, and the musicians' ability to play multiple instruments, Nite Shift covers a wide variety of music most bands are afraid to touch.

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