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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.

  • 10,000 Maniacs @ the Think Bank Down by the Riverside Series - Week #1 10,000 Maniacs @ the Think Bank Down by the Riverside Series - Week #1

    Opener: Trapper Schoepp

    Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

    Mayo Park

    FREE

    MN 97.5 Greatest Hits will sponsor '90s Night - Sunday July 14 (Week #1) at 7PM in Mayo Park featuring '90s Alt-Pop hit makers 10,000 MANIACS w/ Red Wing, MN native Trapper Schoepp at the Think Bank Down by the Riverside free outdoor concert series in Rochester, MN.

    MN 97.5 Greatest Hits will sponsor '90s Night - Sunday July 14 (Week #1) at 7PM in Mayo Park featuring '90s Alt-Pop hit makers 10,000 MANIACS w/ Red Wing, MN native Trapper Schoepp at the Think Bank Down by the Riverside free outdoor concert series in Rochester, MN.    

    10,000 MANIACS - One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades. Together with artists like R.E.M., 10,000 MANIACS defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became know as the alternative rock format on FM radio, with hits like “These Are Days”,  “More Than This”,  “Candy Everybody Wants”, and “Because The Night”.

    Trapper Schoepp - This Minnesota-born, Wisconsin-based tunesmith and teller of tales (both tall and true), has earned notices in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and Paste, with the folks at Huffington Post calling him a “master storyteller” and PBS hailing his “story songs that explore and explode the conventions of rock and roll.” His latest album ‘Primetime Illusion’, produced by Wilco multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansome, features a co-write with Bob Dylan on the track ‘On, Wisconsin’. 

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  • Mike Love @ the Think Bank Down by the Riverside Series - Week #2 Mike Love @ the Think Bank Down by the Riverside Series - Week #2

    Opener: Stanton West

    Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM

    Mayo Park

    FREE

    The Rochester Posse will sponsor Roots Music Night - Sunday, July 21 (Week #2) at 7PM in Mayo Park, featuring MIKE LOVE w/ Stanton West at the Think Bank Down by the Riverside FREE Outdoor Concert Series in Rochester, MN.

    The Rochester Posse will sponsor Roots Music Night - Sunday, July 21 (Week #2) at 7PM in Mayo Park, featuring MIKE LOVE w/ Stanton West at the Think Bank Down by the Riverside FREE Outdoor Concert Series in Rochester, MN.

    With a foundation rooted in the spirituality and message-based music of Reggae and Rastafari, Hawaii-based artist MIKE LOVE blends the sounds of progressive and classic rock, pop, R & B, soul, blues, flamenco, jazz and so much more.  Healing is at the core of his music. Fans often leave live performances remarking about how they have just been to church, or had a bad day turned around.

    Stanton West songs are rootsy, feel-good, and groove driven.  His songs are about hope, having fun, being who you are, and relishing the moment.  He is an award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and world traveling troubadour spreading a message about the importance of family, community, nature, and positivity. 

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  • Lindsay Ell @ the Think Bank Down by the Riverside Series - Week #3 Lindsay Ell @ the Think Bank Down by the Riverside Series - Week #3

    Opener: Debbie Anthony

    Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

    Mayo Park

    FREE

    102.5 The Fox will sponsor Hot Country Night - Sunday, July 28 (Week #3) at 7PM in Mayo Park, featuring LINDSAY ELL w/ Rochester's own Debbie Anthony at the Think Bank Down by the Riverside FREE Outdoor Concert Series in Rochester, MN.

    102.5 The Fox will sponsor Hot Country Night - Sunday, July 28 (Week #3) at 7PM in Mayo Park, featuring LINDSAY ELL w/ Rochester's own Debbie Anthony at the Think Bank Down by the Riverside FREE Outdoor Concert Series in Rochester, MN.

    Named one of The Huffington Post’s “Top Country Artists to Watch,” LINDSAY ELL is a triple threat: accomplished musician, unique vocalist and songwriter.Her first full-length album ‘The Project’ debuted at No. 1 on the Country Album Chart and was lauded as Billboard’s ‘Best Country Album of 2017. Hits include “Criminal”, “Waiting On You” and the Brantley Gilbert duet “What Happens In A Small Town”.

    Debbie Anthony had done it all. She’d married a great guy, raised some great kids and sent them off well-prepared into the world. Being disciplined and organized by nature, not to mention a straight-A student in high school, she even managed her husband Mitch’s career as a consultant, lecturer and author of fifteen books in the financial services industry.

    Debbie Anthony had done it all. She’d married a great guy, raised some great kids and sent them off well-prepared into the world. Being disciplined and organized by nature, not to mention a straight-A student in high school, she even managed her husband Mitch’s career as a consultant, lecturer and author of fifteen books in the financial services industry.

    But for all she had accomplished, one goal remained. Luckily, she’s taking care of that too. Just listen to More To Be Said and you know it’s true: This lady was born to make music and claim her place among today’s best country vocalists.

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  • Rare Earth @ the Think Bank Down by the Riverside Series - Week #4 Rare Earth @ the Think Bank Down by the Riverside Series - Week #4

    Opener: Ringer Starr

    Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 7:00 PM

    Mayo Park

    FREE

    KRPR 89.9 will sponsor Classic Rock Night - Sunday, Aug 4 (Week #4) at 7PM in Mayo Park, featuring Mowtown legends RARE EARTH w/ Ringer Starr and the Lost Faculties at the Think Bank Down by the Riverside FREE Outdoor Concert Series in Rochester, MN.

    KRPR 89.9 will sponsor Classic Rock Night - Sunday, Aug 4 (Week #4) at 7PM in Mayo Park, featuring Mowtown legends RARE EARTH w/ Ringer Starr and the Lost Faculties at the Think Bank Down by the Riverside FREE Outdoor Concert Series in Rochester, MN.

    RARE EARTH  - Motown’s first all-white hit-makers straddled the worlds of rock and soul with amazing success. Their first Top 40 hits included covers of The Temptations’ “(I Know) I’m Losing You” and “Get Ready”, both Top 5 hits on multiple national charts, “Born To Wander” followed, as did “I Just Want to Celebrate”, “Hey, Big Brother” and their Bee Gees-penned hit “Warm Ride”.

    Ringer Starr - A newcomer to the scene, Ringer Star took the International Beatle Entertainment Community by storm in 2013, making his debut in the U.S., Canada, Liverpool and Brazil. Ringer causes quite a stir wherever he appears, cheerfully being photographed with hundreds of fans, and has been referred to as the best current Ringo Starr tribute artist in the world. He has what some are saying is a "Frightening resemblance to The Man Himself" not only in looks but also as a performer, singing and playing drums.

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  • Cloud Cult @ the Think Bank Down by the Riverside Series - Week #5 Cloud Cult @ the Think Bank Down by the Riverside Series - Week #5

    Opener: Sleeping Jesus

    Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

    Mayo Park

    FREE

    89.3 The Current (88.7 in Rochester) will sponsor Indie Night - Sunday, August 11 (Week #5) at 7PM in Mayo Park, featuring CLOUD CULT with Winona-based artist Sleeping Jesus at the Think Bank Down by the RiversideFREE Outdoor Concert Series in Rochester, MN.

    89.3 The Current (88.7 in Rochester) will sponsor Indie Night - Sunday, August 11 (Week #5) at 7PM in Mayo Park, featuring CLOUD CULT with Winona-based artist Sleeping Jesus at the Think Bank Down by the RiversideFREE Outdoor Concert Series in Rochester, MN.

    Since 1995, CLOUD CULT has crafted sprawling, cathartic albums, winning the attention of the New York Times, MTV, Spin, Billboard and a devoted following of fans. During that time, the band grew from the solo project of singer/songwriter Craig Minowa to include the rock band along with violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, and French horn. They've sold over 100,00 albums out of Craig’s organic hobby farm.

     Sleeping Jesus - "A gorgeous dose of indie-rock comparable to bands like Brooklyn's Woods and Chicago's Whitney. Recently named one of First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2016" - The Star Tribune (Mike madden)

     

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  • The Revolution (Prince's former band) @ the Think Bank Down by the Riverside Series - Week #6 The Revolution (Prince's former band) @ the Think Bank Down by the Riverside Series - Week #6

    Opener: DJ Supafly

    Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 7:00 PM

    Mayo Park

    FREE

    89.3 The Current (88.7 in Rochester) will sponsor the season grand finale on Sunday, Aug. 18 (Week #6) at 7PM in Mayo Park, featuring Prince's former band THE REVOLUTION w/ Rochester's own DJ Supafly at the Think Bank Down by the Riverside FREE Outdoor Concert Series in Rochester, MN.

    89.3 The Current (88.7 in Rochester) will sponsor the season grand finale on Sunday, Aug. 18 (Week #6) at 7PM in Mayo Park, featuring Prince's former band THE REVOLUTION w/ Rochester's own DJ Supafly at the Think Bank Down by the Riverside FREE Outdoor Concert Series in Rochester, MN.


    Prince's former band THE REVOLUTION was one of the most successful music acts of the 1980s selling over 16 million albums in the United States alone. They rose to international fame with two #1 Billboard 200 albums ('Purple Rain' and 'Around the World in a Day'), three Grammy Awards, and six top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including “Purple Rain”, “Let’s Go Crazy”, “1999”, “Raspberry Beret”, “When Doves Cry”, and “Kiss”.

    DJ Supafly has a passion for creatively mixing, blending and scratching to Pop, Dance, Hip Hop, R&B, Latin, EDM and other genre’s that touch, move, encourage and take people worries away. His talent and skill has helped him to develop a reputation for creating unforgettable musical moments at parties, weddings, receptions, quinceanera, festivals, corporate functions, wedding dj mn, rochester mn entertainment, and private events! Music has always spoken to him through the art of scratching and blending music on key.

     

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