Brat Pack will kick off Riverfront Concert Series on Thursday


Brat Pack Radio, a Minnesota-based group playing dance and pop favorites from the 1980’s along with New Wave and R & B, will lead off the Riverfront Concert Series on Thursday.

Their 80’s playlist includes hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’ “ by Journey, “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi, “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield, “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics, and “Like a Virgin” by Madonna.

The Riverfront Concert Series brings crowds to the riverfront park in downtown Elk River.

The group also makes forays into the present day (Beyonce, Timberlake, Gaga), includes plenty of visuals like knife-juggling, spinning keyboards and an LED light show, and injects humor, mainly about the excesses of the 1980’s.

Frontman Ryan Lance is a four-time Emmy Award winning songwriter and was a founding member of the a cappella group The Blenders.

The group’s web site promises “polished, high-energy, non-stop Supershow that’s seriously fun.”

These weekly free performances each Thursday at 7 p.m. at River’s Edge Commons Park are sponsored by Bank of Elk River and organized by the Parks and Recreation Department.

The 2012 Riverfront Concert Series kicks off for the season on Thursday.

2012 Riverfront Concert Series
June 7 – Brat Pack (pop, 80’s)
June 14 – Deuces Wild (dueling pianos)
June 21 – Church of Cash (Johnny Cash tribute)
June 28 – Sound of Simon (Simon & Garfunkle tribute)
July 12 –  Mooseknuckle Bros. (local band, blues rock)
July 19 –  Rockin Hollywoods (rock and roll)
July 26 – The Medicine Show (showbiz variety)
Aug. 2 – Rockie Lynne (national country rock artist)