Music in the Park
Music in the Park is an annual summertime series that features live music performances in Veterans Park in downtown River Falls. The park offers a beautiful and centrally located setting for folks of all ages to gather and listen to a diverse range of live entertainment. Local businesses help to fund the event by signing up to sponsor a particular Friday and/or Saturday concert. This series is CAB's longest running event with its beginnings predating the existence of CAB.
Music in the Park 2019 will be hosted in Veteran's Park, 1 N. Main St., from 7:00-9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. The rain site is Junior’s Bar, 414 S. Main St. Visit Music in the Park on Facebook for more information.
2019 Music in the Park Schedule
June 21, 7-9pm
Master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli blend music from their two musical projects Patchouli and Terra Guitarra. Their soulful fusion of blazing Spanish and world guitar instrumentals, heartstring tugging lyrics, lush vocal harmonies, and epic folk rock anthems infused with a visible onstage chemistry guarantees to make the night an uplifting one of music that will leave you uniquely inspired and excited to pick that old guitar back up.
Lonesome Dan Kase
June 22, 7-9pm
Traditional finger-picking blues and hollers from Texas to the Piedmont
Chris Silver and Good Intentions
June 28, 7-9pm
Led by Chris Silver, The Good Intentions are inspired by the sounds of Hot Rize, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Tony Rice, and JD. Crowe. The Good Intentions deliver traditional bluegrass with polish and drive. The band plays songs from the bluegrass masters as well as material penned by Silver.
The Danger Rangers
June 29, 7-9pm
From the twang of Surf Guitar to the seduction of the Blues; from the power chords of Rock'n Roll to the fun of a Tex-Mex Ballad. The Danger Rangers are out for a good time and they bring everyone along with them.
Lehto & Wright
July 5, 7-9pm
Lehto & Wright have a sound that is a unique blend of traditional and modern styles. By taking cues from the British Isles and American folk traditions and interpreting them with contemporary guitar-based arrangements, Lehto & Wright have taken a unique approach to the world of Folk, Folk Rock and Progressive Rock.
July 6, 7-9pm
Merry Weathers performs a variety of bluegrass, folk, country, and rockin music, with a major emphasis on original tunes and playing some long loved covers too. Each member of this 6 piece band brings an original sound that is accessable and easy on the ears.
July 12, 3-5pm
Raw, Gritty, Acoustic, Vintage Blues, Soul, with Tim & Faith
Chris and Ari Silver
July 13, 12:30-2:30pm
The father-son duo of Chris and Ari Silver have never been “stuck” in any particular genre. Initially influenced by Doc Watson, Chris has developed his own style over the years that weaves together his musical experience in bluegrass, blues, jazz, folk, global and American roots music. Ari is as much at home with a Hendrix cover as he is with a traditional bluegrass song by Flatt and Scruggs. His unusual experience of playing in nightclubs and festivals as a pre-teen gave him a behind-the-scenes look at the art of performing. Together, this father and son duo have carved out a new path into the world of roots music featuring many songs penned by the Silvers.
July 13, 3:30-5:30pm
Pickled Beats is a group of talented and experienced musicians that has been performing Rock, Country and Dance music throughout the North Bay for many years. Their repertoire includes an eclectic mix of original songs and cover tunes from the 60's to the present. Pickled Beats performs for corporate, social and private events including weddings, farmer's markets, fund raisers, shoping center events, night clubs and private parties.
July 14, 11am-1pm
Nici Peper is an Americana singer-songwriter based loosely based in the Minnesota/ Wisconsin region. Growing up around gospel music and a family of storytellers, her lyrics reflect the soul and honesty of their influences. Her music exposes a gentle heart- one that writes of love, heartbreak, and dreams.
Tommy Bentz Band
July 19, 7-9pm
The Tommy Bentz Band is a power trio that has been in existence for over 15 years, jamming in the style of "the Allman Brothers meets Van Morrison". Tommy leads the band as the singer/songwriter/guitarist whose professional soloing chops radiate throughout the band's performance.
July 20, 7-9pm
The Hunyuks (aka Bill Gnatzig & Denny Thorsen) bring songs & smiles to audiences throughout western Wisconsin with a pleasing blend of guitars and vocals. Combined, the duo has more than a century of entertaining experience, honed with a variety of bands across their individual careers. They specialize in classic country, but don’t be surprised to find a few 50s/60s tunes, folk music and similar selections sprinkled in their shows. And, yes, there’s a story behind the name ....
July 26, 7-9pm
XIBABA (she-BA-ba) is a band that plays Brazilian music for listening and dancing, including bossa nova, samba, baião, forro, frevo, chorinho, partido alto, and the music of Egberto Gismonte, Hermeto Pascoal, Airto Moeira and others.
July 27, 7-9pm
PK Mayo’s (Paul Kennedy Mayasich) natural musical talent on guitar, especially slide, both in concert and recordings, has garnered worldwide praise from his colleagues and critics. Publications Vintage Guitar Magazine and Blues Matters UK have drawn comparisons to the work of Duane Allman, Lowell George, Roy Buchanan, Ry Cooder and Sonny Landreth. His rich vocals have been receiving as much attention as his guitar tone and melodic riffs.
August 2, 7-9pm
Steve Meyer and the True Heat consists of several big time musicians who have traveled the entire blues world, performing with different international artists. Steve & the band will play all your favorite blues tunes, plus a few classic rock songs.
August 3, 7-9pm
Familiar rock ‘n’ roll, Motown, and country songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s
August 9, 7-9pm
August 10, 7-9pm
Sarah and Eric VanValkenburg have made music an important part of their life. Their passion for music has always been part of their relationship. From going to shows and concerts to sharing the stage together, music is in their blood. Sarah enjoys writing about everything from relationships to life lessons, and Eric's guitar playing and deep vocals make this duo an entertaining group.
Bernie King & the Guilty Pleasures
August 16, 7-9pm
Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures might be tough to bracket but they sure are easy to enjoy. A little bit blues, a little bit bluegrass, a little bit rock, and a little bit kitchen sink, a style of music that some fans have come to call “blues-grass”. You'll hear some great original songs inspired by the styles of Shane McGowan, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, and Bill Monroe. With a rough and tumble mix of guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, washboard, snare drum, and accordion.
August 17, 7-9pm
The Flannel Brothers are a Minneapolis based trio featuring high-energy arrangements of Americana and acoustic rock covers & originals. The band plays locally for clubs, wine bars, events, restaurants, weddings and private functions. They deliver huge, blended vocal harmonies along with a foot stomping acoustic fueled sound. Their set list features many sing-along favorites.
Steve Kenny’s Group 47
August 23, 7-9pm
In summer 2013, trumpeter Steve Kenny decided it was time for a change-up and created his Group 47, with the veteran trumpeter surrounded by a brood of young lions. Originally regulars at the Artists Quarter, the ensemble found other modern jazz-friendly venues– Late Night at the Dakota, Jazz Central Studios, the Black Dog, Icehouse, Studio Z, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and the Rochester City Jazz Festival. In summer 2014, the band released its first recording, Straight to Vinyl (on LP and digital download).
August 24, 7-9pm
Mayfair 3 is the Twin Cities/Minnesota good time, modern, party Blues, Soul, Rock/Americana band that brings the excitement and fun like no one else can. The musicians include seasoned professional individuals from the Twin Cities best bands. They are committed to hosting the best party with the juiciest music that will make you get up and dance!
Doug Otto & the Getaways
August 30, 7-9pm
The well oiled machine that is Doug Otto and the Getaways have been likened to the timeless sounds of Robert Johnson, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. They are known for playing the classic country and blues music of the old greats as well as their own compositions. The Getaways possess a wide-ranging repertoire that is sure to bring you up and then right back down again. They create a sound that is introspective and melancholy, as well as upbeat, danceable and celebratory.
August 31, 7-9pm
Tim Fast could be a character in one of the gems-of-a-song he writes and sings. He’s a dust-covered man who has traveled the roads in search of whatever song is over the next rise. That sense of adventure has given him a catalog of great original songs that have touched audiences from coast to coast and all the way from his native Minnesota down to the Texas Gulf Coast.