BOX From McLean to Marx, Riverside Live series has it all

By Tom Weber

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

An autumn evening with Don McLean, Christmas with the King’s Singers and a springtime concert by pop star Richard Marx are among the highlights of a busy 2008-2009 Riverside Live concert schedule announced today.

The series, which is the indoor companion to the popular summertime Down by the Riverside concert series at Mayo Park, also includes performances by pianist George Winston, the ABBA tribute band "Bjorn Again," ’80s balladeers Air Supply and the respected folk duo Robin and Linda Williams.

"We think it offers a lot to choose from, covering a number of genres," said Steven Schmidt, general manger of Riverside Concerts, which organizes the series.


Asked for a sleeper or surprise concert in the lineup, Schmidt pointed to the season-ending show by Richard Marx. "He ranked high on our feedback forms," he said.

The series appears to have caught lightning in a bottle with "Bjorn Again," based on the music of ABBA, with the movie version of "Mama Mia," also featuring ABBA music, now in theaters. "We think that should do very well for us," Schmidt said.

A look at the full season:

  • Don McLean, Sept. 27McLean’s best-known song is the epic "American Pie," but his craftsmanship was also evident on "Vincent" and "Castles in the Air."
  • George Winston, Oct. 5The New Age pioneer in a concert rescheduled from last season.
  • Cathie Ryan, Oct. 11A Celtic singer-songwriter.
  • Bjorn Again: The ABBA Experience, Nov. 13A recreation of the ABBA sound, look and dance steps.
  • The King’s Singers, Nov. 30A Christmas concert by an elite vocal ensemble.
  • Yule Fest, Rochester Concert Band & Choir, Dec. 6, A perennial holiday favorite.
  • Daddy Mack Blues Band, Jan. 17A Memphis blues band led by guitarist Mack Orr.
  • Air Supply, Feb. 8Australian ’80s pop balladeers ("All Out of Love," "Even the Nights are Better").
  • Rochester Concert Band & Choir, Feb. 14Valentine concert.
  • Robin & Linda Williams, Feb. 19Folk and bluegrass.
  • Kevin Locke, March 7. Lakota dancer, flute player, storyteller.
  • John Jorgenson Quintet, May 2Gypsy jazz music by a former guitarist for Elton John.
  • Richard Marx, May 8Marx’s late-’80s hits included "Hold on to the Nights," "Satisfied" and "Right Here Waiting."

All Riverside Live concerts are at 7:30 p.m. at Mayo Civic Center. Adult tickets range from $9 to $20, depending on the concert, with discounts for senior citizens and youth. Tickets go on sale Aug. 13.

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