Looking back: 20 years of Down by the Riverside

Sunday's concert by Collective Soul wraps up 20 years of Down by the Riverside. The first season, 1992, featured three concerts, and the second season grew to five concerts.

By 1994, popularity and demand caused the season to expand to seven concerts and, with one exception, that's been the standard since. 

Here's an alphabetical look back, from A to Z. How many do you remember?

A — Asleep at the Wheel, the first concert in 1992.

B — Blue Oyster Cult, 2008.


C — Chase Roberts, 2000.

D — Dixie Chicks, 1995.

E — Eddie Money, 2006.

F — Mark Farner (of Grand Funk), 2003.

G — The Guess Who, 2010.

H — Heiruspecs, 2008.

I — Eileen Ivers, 2004.

J — Josh Turner, 2005.


K — Kansas, 2009

L — Loverboy, 2007.

M — Marshall Tucker Band, 2005.

N — Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits, 2001.

O — Eddie from Ohio, 2007.

P — The Paperboys, 2001.

Q — Quorum, 1992.

R — Rockin' Hollywoods, 1996, 1997


S — Starship, 2007, 2010

T — Tommy James & the Shondells, 2008.

U — Uriah Heep, 2011.

V — Vegetablemen, 1993.

W — The Big Wu, 2006

X — Ex-3 Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, 2004

Y — The Screaming Yahoos, 1994.

Z — Martin Zellar, 2002


Since 1992, there have been 132 Down by the Riverside concerts.

Everyone has their favorite concert or season, but from the viewpoint of artistry and popularity, the 2009 season, which ironically was shortened to six concerts due to the tight economy, might be he best. That season opened with Survivor, and included edgy country singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson, master guitarist Monte Montgomery, the timeless pop of the Smithereens, blues singer Shemekia Copeland, and ended with Kansas setting the all-time Riverside attendance record of an estimated 20,000-25,000.


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