Down by the Riverside is back!

The free, outdoor concert will return for six Sundays, beginning July 11 and ending Aug. 15. As in years past, concertgoers can show up to Mayo Park at 7 p.m. to catch the opening acts, with headliners hitting the stage around 8.

This summer’s lineup features country artist (and Riverside Concerts alum) Lindsay Ell, Twin Cities singer-songwriter Chastity Brown, Smash Mouth (yes, the ones who did “All Star”), as well as Minnesota indie pop group Polica, jazz/folk band Ranky Tanky, and Southern rockers 38 Special.

Local openers include country singer Luke Hendrickson, blues group Bluedog, reggae band Push & Turn, indie rockers Amateur and Thomas & the Shakes, and multigenre band Fred the Bear.

As a reminder, lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome at the open-to-the-public concerts.

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Lineup

Lindsay Ell (photographed by Jeremy Cowart)
Lindsay Ell (photographed by Jeremy Cowart)


July 11: Hot Country Night, featuring Lindsay Ell

Opener: Luke Hendrickson

How you know them: Ell recently released a new album about the seven stages of grief — “Heart Theory.” Her most recent single, “I Don’t Love You,” is from that album. Hendrickson, of course, has released “Comfort Food” and “One Night at the Crystal Lounge” locally.

Related: Hendrickson releases Kickstarter-supplemented first full album

Chastity Brown (contributed photo)
Chastity Brown (contributed photo)

July 18: Minnesota Music Night, featuring Chastity Brown

Opener: Bluedog

How you know them: Brown, originally from Tennessee, has played in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and has been featured heavily on The Current. Her most recent release, “Silhouette of Sirens,” was chosen as an NPR “First Listen.” Bluedog, also based in the Twin Cities, is a blues/rock band whose music is based on the life experiences of Native people.

Smash Mouth (contributed photo)
Smash Mouth (contributed photo)

July 25: '90s/Alt-Rock Night, featuring Smash Mouth

Opener: Push & Turn

How you know them: Gotta be honest, for a lot of us, it’s “Shrek.” Smash Mouth’s “All Star” and “I’m a Believer” were both featured in the 2001 fairy-tale comedy. More dedicated fans of the ‘90s rockers may also know “Walkin’ on the Sun” or “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby.” Push & Turn has been playing reggae and alt rock in Rochester for more than a decade.

Related: Push & Turn looks back on a decade of jams

Polica (photographed by Zoe Prinds)
Polica (photographed by Zoe Prinds)

Aug. 1: Indie-Rock Night, featuring Polica

Opener: Amateur

How you know them: You might have caught Minneapolis-based Polica at SXSW, or The Current’s Rock the Garden back in the day — or caught songs from the indie-synth group’s five studio albums in the past decade. Rochester rock band Amateur, influenced by groups like the Kings of Leon and The Strokes, plans to release its first studio album this summer.

Ranky Tanky (photographed by Peter Frank Edwards)
Ranky Tanky (photographed by Peter Frank Edwards)

Aug. 8: Discovery Night, featuring Ranky Tanky

Opener: Thomas & the Shakes

How you know them: You might not know Ranky Tanky! That’s the point of Discovery Night, we assume. The South Carolina band plays music based on Gullah culture of the southeastern Sea Islands. Thomas & the Shakes released their debut album, “Mind Your Time,” in 2017.

38 Special (contributed photo)
38 Special (contributed photo)

Aug. 15: Classic Rock Night, featuring 38 Special

Opener: Fred the Bear

How you know them: Songs like “Hold on Loosely,” Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” and many more! 38 Special is a ‘70s classic that gets better with age. Fred the Bear has been a presence at many a SE MN concert series — like the Berne Wood-Fired Pizza series.

Related: Wood-fired pizza, meet FM radio: Berne concert series returns

A previous iteration of this article stated that Ell played at Riverside Concerts in 2019. She was scheduled then, but the concert was canceled due to inclement weather.