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En Vogue w/ FènixDion - Rochester Civic Music's "Think Bank Down by the Riverside" FREE Concerts in the Park

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En Vogue w/ FènixDion | August 7 @ 7 PM | 2022 Think Bank Down by the Riverside FREE Concerts in Mayo Park-#RochMN | 30th Anniversary Season | Week #5 - '90s R&B/Pop Night | Presented by Rochester Civic Music | Sponsored by Think Bank & MN 97.5 | | #DownbytheRiverside30

En Vogue (Headliner) - Legendary! It’s a status very few groups ever attain. But for 30 years and counting, En Vogue has achieved this pinnacle on nothing but pure talent. And they are not letting up now. Still riding high off the global release of 2018’s Electric Café, their first album in 14 years, En Vogue is literally soaring as Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron-Braggs and Rhona Bennett take the group to even greater heights. Formed in 1989 in the Bay Area, En Vogue, comprised then of Ellis, Herron, Dawn Robinson and Maxine Jones, began their official takeover in 1990 with their hit single, “Hold On” from their critically-acclaimed debut album, Born To Sing, which reached number one on both the dance and R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Since then, they have sold over 30 million physical albums. More impressively, they have transitioned effortlessly into the digital age, garnering over 325 million streams and 26 million plus YouTube views for their Top 6 hit singles alone, which, in addition to “Hold On,” includes “Free Your Mind,” “Never Gonna Get It,” “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” “Don’t Let Go” and “Whatta Man” (feat. Salt N Pepa). -

FènixDion (Opening Act) - Minnesota-based duo creating music inspired by the generations before, an artistic vision which pulls from the roots of what has created our vision of American Music, culture, and beliefs without the inhibiting mindset of genre in an effort to break through our other inhibiting mindsets of race, class, sexuality, and gender in our divided country. "FènixDion is the new project by Keston Wright (Static Panic) and Sam Bramble (Native Kinds), who have been friends and musical collaborators since childhood. If we had to guess: this is the project of theirs that’s going to pop. Their debut single, “Mama Say,” is a simmering stew of funk, rock, reverbed vocals, and clever drumming." - Cecilia Johnson, The Current. -

The series takes place over six Sundays in July and August (July 10 through August 14) in one of the most beautiful green spaces in the area, Mayo Park (behind the Mayo Civic Center and Rochester Art Center) along the banks of the Zumbro River. This is an open-to-the-public City park, so lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers are welcome. On-site concessions, including mobile food vendors, will also be available. All events to feature local Southeastern Minnesota bands as opening acts (TBA) starting at 7:00 p.m., with headliners taking the stage at 8:00 p.m. -

This summer will mark the 30th year the City of Rochester Music Department Rochester Civic Music has produced the popular outdoor concert series. Highlights over the last 30 years include performances from Eric Church, The Chicks, Josh Turner, Eric Paslay, Polica, Cloud Cult, The Revolution, Jefferson Starship, Margo Price, Jamey Johnson, The Suburbs, Gin Blossoms, Dessa, Living Colour, Soul Asylum, Jon Pardi, Lucius, The Wailers, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Los Lonely Boys, Grand Funk Railroad, Cracker, Three Dog Night, Foghat, George Thorogood, Herman's Hermits, Frankie Ballard, Uriah Heep, Collective Soul, Johnny Winter, The Guess Who, Kansas, The Smithereens, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Heiruspecs, Tommy James & the Shondells, 38 Special, Eddie Money, Bid Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Little River Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Blue Oyster Cult, Martin Zellar, and so many more!

It has become a Rochester tradition, that on Sunday nights in the summer, many of the citizens of Rochester and surrounding communities put the finishing touches on their weekend by gathering together in the friendly confines of Mayo Park; to laugh, dance, sing, relax, play, eat, drink, socialize with friends and family, meet new friends, soak in those steamy Minnesota summer nights; all to a soundtrack of live music featuring local, national and international artists from a broad range of genres and eras.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support Grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.