The Batavia Park District present the River Rhapsody Concert Series, which kicks off Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm at the Batavia Riverwalk. The concerts will be held on select Wednesdays throughout the summer from 7:00-8:30 pm and will feature a variety of musical acts. Alcohol is strictly prohibited. Concessions will be available on all concert dates, except June 12, courtesy of Bernie’s Bully Dogs. The Batavia Parks Foundation will also be offering a fun scavenger hunt during the concert on July 24!
Wednesday, June 12: Brass From the Past – Brass From the Past was conceived in the spring of 2008 by John Tomassone to bring the spectacular sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s horn bands back to Chicagoland. The full band incorporates five horns, a four-piece rhythm section, and three outstanding vocalists. By selectively drawing upon the vast array of musicians offered from Milwaukee to Chicago the band has smoking horn work, screaming trumpet and sax solos. Wild guitar delivery plus pulsing drums and bass laying down an eminently danceable groove will get the whole family moving!
Wednesday, June 19: Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band – Island, warm weather, and beach music with variety for everybody, and just enough Buffett music to please the Parrothead crowd. The Beach Bum Band has traveled across the country performing on stage with Jimmy Buffett as his backup band for charity events from North Carolina to Wisconsin and Nebraska. Since 2002, the Beach Bum Band has provided pre-show entertainment for Buffett Concerts at Tweeter Center in Illinois, Alpine Valley in Wisconsin, and Target Center in Minneapolis
Wednesday, June 26: Ethan Bell Band- With their skillfully led instrumentals, creative cover mashups, and new songs that blur the lines between country, pop, and hip-hop, The Ethan Bell Band has been humbly compared to their influencers – the Zac Brown Band and Florida Georgia Line. While currently playing over 125 shows a year in the club, casino and festival circuit all over the Midwest and Nashville, The Ethan Bell Band has already opened for Chase Bryant, The Marshall Tucker Band, Love and Theft, and Dylan Scott. You don’t want to miss this show.
Wednesday, July 3: The StingRays- Let’s ROCK with the StingRays and the greatest rock & roll songs that were ever written – just like the original bands of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Win the fabulous StingRay twist contest or make history in the famous StingRay conga line. You could even win a rock & roll trivia contest! Or, just lay back and enjoy as lawn chair back-up singers! The StingRays sound, look and move like the ’50s, ’60s, and 70’s – the greatest era of rock & roll!
Wednesday, July 17: Cadillac Grove – There are sweet grooves, good grooves, and great grooves – then there’s the Cadillac Grove. Jump into the purple caddy for a fun ride through southern rock, blues, R&B, soul, and points in between. You’ll find yourself singing along as Cadillac Grove puts their unique, high-energy touch on the songs you know and love.
Wednesday, July 24: Billy Croft & the 5 -Alarm Billy Croft & the 5-Alarm is a red-hot, smokin’ country band! With four vocalists and a blistering rhythm section, they offer music from the latest hits on the country charts to rock legends, like the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt, and country classics to their own rockin’ originals. Billy Croft & the 5-Alarm will leave you begging for more! Billy Croft has a boot planted firmly in Nashville, where he developed close ties to country music’s elite songsmiths and producers, and where his latest album was produced. A long-time firefighter, Billy, and his band pay homage to America’s service workers through their music. Billy Croft & the 5-Alarm bring rockin’-good fun to audiences of all ages. Find out for yourself what a 5-Alarm is all about!
Wednesday, July 31: Final Say- For years, no other band was able to recreate the full rich sound, tight grooves, seamless harmonies, non-stop high energy shows. Now with the advent of Final Say, clients have another great option to deliver a musical repertoire that extends from the beginning of rock & roll, through today’s hit music. Whether it is alternative, classic rock, soul, Motown, New Wave, Big Hair Rock, R&B, the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, or ‘90s. Final Say delivers the right music for any occasion!
Thank you to our 2019 River Rhapsody Concert Sponsors: Golden Seal Service Experts, Batavia Rotary Club, Vanguard Gifted Academy, Batavia Parks Foundation, Batavia Historical Society, and Batavia Resident, John Faust.
For more information please call 630-879-5235 or visit bataviaparks.org.