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.
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.
July 18: Minnesota Music Night, featuring Chastity Brown
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.
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.
Aug. 1: Indie-Rock Night, featuring Polica
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.
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.
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.
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.