By Bryan Lund and Tom Weber
Besides bringing in national acts, the Down by the Riverside concert series, which opens Sunday, provides an opportunity for local and regional artists to perform in front of big crowds. “Down by the Riverside turns 25 this year, and has been a major force in getting local musicians in front of large audiences,” says Chris Alcott, assistant general manager of Riverside Concerts, the arm of city government that organizes the series. There is an exception this year when Haley Bonar, a Twin Cities-based singer/songwriter, will open for Lucius. Bonar was booked at the request of Lucius, says Alcott. All shows begin at 7 p.m.
Opening for JD MCPherson
The Dirty Banks play a brand of indie-rock that pays homage to the sounds of the ‘90s while keeping things current. Chunky pop hooks clash with fuzzed-out guitars and sweet keys to make a satisfying aural odyssey.
Opening for Jon Pardi
Diesel Drive’s original take on country music has been turning Rochester audiences into parties for years now. They boast a lively stage presence and embrace their Northern roots with slick harmonies and raucous instrumental work that brings country music into the present and beyond.
Opening for Lucius
Haley Bonar’s trek into the music industry started before she left high school and has been gaining momentum ever since. At 19, she was opening for Low. Over the last ten years, she’s released just under a dozen recordings of heart-wrenching, honestly-penned tales of failure, joy, and frustration.
Opening for The Wailers
Mark Cameron, leader of The Mark Cameron Band, is a folk rocker from the 1970s, but these days, his interest lies with the blues. He crafts his bluesy music with truth-telling lyrics, a strong dose of melody, and a clear focus on making crowds move.
Opening for Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Crazy on You: A Tribute to Heart features Incognito’s lead singer Mary Lieser, and other local luminaries like Dianna Parks, Tim Dallman, Kevin Carey, Michael Carlucci, Eric Straubmuller, and Jay Peterson. They play Heart covers.