Summer concert series to rock remodeled amphitheatre
The UW-River Falls' annual summer concert series, this year dubbed 'Chill on the Hill,' kicks off June 8 with an impressive lineup of musicians.
The concerts, set for Tuesday nights during June and July, begin at 6:30 p.m. A wide range of music is planned, including jam, funk, Celtic, bluegrass, rock, folk, show choir, and jazz.
The first to play in this year's series are the bands Shoeless Revolution and Sepia Tone. Future shows this summer include Green Tea, the Chris Silver Band, the Tommy Bentz Band, Kids from Wisconsin, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Pert' Near Sandstone, and the Ethan Keller Band.
June 8: Shoeless Revolution and Sepia Tone, jam/funk music
June 15: Green Tea, Celtic music
June 22: Chris Silver Band, jam/bluegrass music
June 29: Tommy Bentz Band, rock music
July 6: Ethan Keller Band, funk/folk music
July 13: Kids From Wisconsin, show choir; rain site is North Hall Auditorium
July 20: Chicago Afrobeat Project, jazz influenced Afrobeat music; rain site is North Hall Auditorium
July 27: Pert' Near Sandstone, bluegrass music
For more information, call the UW-RF Student Affairs office at 425-4444.
All performances will be held at the newly remodeled Melvin Wall Amphitheatre, located on campus along the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River.
Recently the amphitheatre's shell was repainted, repaired, and additional backstage space was added. The badly deteriorated original limestone seats were replaced with new stone tiers.
"The wall and aisle improvements will provide a more safe and comfortable environment for the audience," says Karyn Wells, event coordinator for UWRF's Office of Student Life. "In addition, wheelchair accessible space offers inclusive seating options for our campus and community."
Much of the financing for the remodel has come from donors. Law's Nursery, a prior UWRF Outstanding Service Award recipient, in Hastings, Minn., was the first to offer support in the form of river birch and amur chokecherry trees. The trees donated by Law's will grow to shade the amphitheatre.
Remodeling will continue throughout the summer. The UW-River Falls Foundation staff hopes to raise $30,000 to purchase picnic tables, recycling bins, flowers, and additional trees. Funds will also be used to purchase barriers to protect the amphitheatre from daily foot traffic, and to outfit the space to serve as a classroom.
"When developing the plan to landscape the renovated area around the amphitheater, it was critical that the plan would create additional space for outdoor learning," says Julie Stucky, director of annual giving.
For more information on how to support the amphitheatre renovation project, contact the UW-River Falls Foundation at (715) 425-3505.
The concert series is free and open to the public. Freshly grilled food and ice cream will be available for purchase. In the case of rain, events will be held at either the Falcon's Nest in the University Center, or North Hall auditorium. For more information on the concert series, contact Wells at 425-4444.