Foghat to open summer concert series
The early prediction is for a foggy start to summer this year.
That forecast comes courtesy of Foghat, which was announced today as the opening concert in the 2012 Down by the Riverside outdoor concert series.
The first show of the seven-concert season will take place at 7 p.m. July 8 in Mayo Park. The free Sunday night concerts have become a major attraction in the area, frequently drawing crowds in excess of 10,000.
Some of the biggest draws at Down by the Riverside have been classic rock acts, and Foghat fits that description perfectly. The band was formed in England but moved to the United States early on, released a debut album in 1972, and found some success with a cover of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love To You."
But the band's biggest string of hits came with the 1975 album "Fool for the City," which included the classic rock staples "Slow Ride," "Take It or Leave It" and "Fool for the City."
Foghat's hard-driving, blues-oriented rock ruled the roost in those pre-punk days. The hits dried up by the early '80s, and the band broke up for a while before reforming.
Founding member "Lonesome" Dave Peverett died of cancer in 2002. Foghat's music, though, continues to be a concert draw — the band's most recent albums were recorded live.
While the complete lineup of Down by the Riverside has not yet been released, there are indications that the season will include the return of one of the most popular acts ever in the 20-year history of the series, a hit-making band from the '80s, and a major blues-rock guitarist.
The complete season will be announced in coming weeks.