Down by the Riverside

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The Think Bank Down by the Riverside free outdoor concert series takes place over six Sundays in July and August (July 14 through August 18) in one of the most beautiful green spaces in the area, Mayo Park (behind the Mayo Civic Center and Rochester Art Center). This is an open-to-the-public City park, so lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers are welcome. On-site concessions are also available.

It has become a Rochester tradition, that on Sunday nights in the summer, many of the citizens of Rochester and surrounding communities put the finishing touches on their weekend by gathering together in the friendly confines of Mayo Park; to laugh, dance, sing, relax, play, eat, drink, socialize with friends and family, meet new friends, soak in those steamy Minnesota summer nights; all to a soundtrack of "live" music featuring local, national and international artists from a broad range of genres and eras.

This summer will mark the 28th year the City's Music Department (Riverside Concerts) has produced the popular outdoor concert series. This year's series will run July 14 through August 18; Sunday nights at 7:00 PM in Mayo Park.

We would like to thank Think Mutual Bank, the title sponsor of the Think Bank Down by the Riverside FREE outdoor concert series. Without community minded businesses like Think Mutual Bank, we would be unable to produce a concert series of this magnitude, and would certainly not be able to offer it to the public for free. Thank you, Think!

And a special thank you to the City of Rochester, the Rochester City Council, and YOU...the citizens of Southeastern Minnesota.


Opener: The Shift

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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


Artist Website

On Sunday, July 10 (Week #1) at 7PM in Mayo Park, SOUL ASYLUM comes to #rochmn to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary season of Think Mutual Bank's Down by the Riverside Free Concert Series! Opening Act: The Shift. Media Sponsor: The Current.

Minneapolis-based pop/punk/rock band who helped shape the newly emerging contours of college radio alt-rock in the 80s before becoming Grammy-winning multi-platinum superstars in the 90s with indie anthems like “Misery”, “Somebody to Shove”, “Black Gold”and “Runaway Train”.

Soul Asylum, initially known as Loud Fast Rules, was formed in Minneapolis in 1981. The band's raucous live sets and early releases on the hometown indie label Twin/Tone — including the albums Say What You Will, Made to Be Broken and While You Were Out — earned it a loyal fan base and widespread critical acclaim.

Soul Asylum's indie success led to the band entering the major-label mainstream with 1988's Hang Time and its 1990 follow-up And the Horse They Rode In On, and achieving a platinum-level commercial breakthrough with 1992's Grave Dancers Union and 1995's Let Your Dim Light Shine. Grave Dancers Union featured the international hits "Runaway Train," which won a 1994 Grammy as Best Rock Song, and "Black Gold," while Let Your Dim Light Shine spawned the hit "Misery".

Three and half decades down the road from the band's indie-punk origins, their latest album Change of Fortune — co-produced by the band and longtime studio collaborator John Fields — is classic Soul Asylum, with such musically and lyrically pointed new tunes as the first single "Supersonic", as well as "Can't Help It", "Doomsday", "Make It Real", and the title track packing a familiar sonic and emotional punch, while carrying a hard-won sense of survival and perseverance that honors Soul Asylum's storied history while pointing towards the future.

The Shift: Breaking into the Rochester Minnesota music scene in 2015 with stunning reviews, THE SHIFT looks to take their unique music mix to a much broader audience. With Beatles-esque harmonies, brilliantly intricate guitars, and unforgettable melodies, THE SHIFT reawakens a compelling essence of 60’s pop music.