by Joni Astrup
Elk River’s Riverfront Concert Series will feature eight returning acts and two new ones this summer.
The free concerts kick off June 6 at the River’s Edge Commons Park in downtown Elk River and run Thursdays through Aug. 15.
“We have taken the approach to a concert series with a quality lineup instead of quantity, so the series will be 10 consecutive Thursdays (except for July 4th) instead of the 12 bands that we had last year,” said Elk River Parks and Recreation Director Michael Hecker.
The bands include eight that have played the concert series in the past with excellent attendance and reviews, Hecker said.
They include the Rockin’ Hollywoods, which played July 19 in Elk River last year and was the top draw in the 2012 concert series with close to 1,500 people attending. The band plays rock ‘n roll from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Rounding out the concert series will be two new bands recommended as crowd favorites, Hecker said. They are The Jimmys, a Chicago blues/New Orleans funk group from Madison, Wis., and Ladies of the 80’s, a tribute to female performers of the 1980s including Cyndi Lauper, Go-Go’s, Heart, Joan Jett, Blondie, Madonna and Janet Jackson. The performers dress the part and perform the various tributes, according to Hecker.
Here is the line-up:
•June 6: Arch Allies (Tribute to Journey, REO, Styx)
•June 13: NEW – The Jimmys (Chicago blues/New Orleans funk)
•June 20: Deuces Wild! (dueling pianos)
•June 27: WhiteSideWalls (rock ‘n roll from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s)
•July 4: No concert
•July 11: Rubber Soul (Beatles tribute)
•July 18: Bend In The River (big band)
•July 25: Chris Olson (memories of Elvis)
•August 1: Rockin’ Hollywoods (rock ‘n roll from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s)
•August 8: Killer Hayseeds (country)
•August 15: NEW – Ladies of the 80’s (tribute to the females of the awesome 80’s)
The concert series is sponsored by The Bank of Elk River.
The Elk River City Council recognized the bank last month for its contributions to community events including the concert series. The bank has sponsored the concerts since they began in 2007, and has been the exclusive sponsor of them for the last five years.
“We’re glad to be able to do it,” Bank President John Babcock told the council. “This is something that has been a lot of fun for our organization.”