This year we wanted to share the stories about the bands, so you can get a taste of who they are and the background about them!
Sister Hazel is an alternative rock band from Gainesville, Florida, whose style also blends elements of jangle pop, folk rock, classic rock 'n' roll and southern rock. Their music is characterized by highly melodic tunes and prominent harmonies. Most of their songs have optimistic lyrics. The band's instrumentation often features abrupt shifts among electric, acoustic and a cappella, with striking use of tacets. Though often described as alternative, Sister Hazel leans toward an upbeat sound and away from the clashing punk discordance often associated with the alternative rock genre. There have been no changes to the band's main line-up after over 20 years, although non-original member Dave LaGrande has been touring with them since 2012.
Hailing from Southeastern WI, Big Spoon is as fun and diverse as a band as you’ll ever find. With a wide musical background, the group draws from a variety of styles and never pigeon holes themselves into one genre. With the ability to morph styles seamlessly between every song, you’ll find the audience boogieing down to 70’s funk, shakin’ yo money-maker to current top 40 & hip-hop hits, head bangin’ to 90’s metal and some boot stompin’ southern rock thrown in for good measure. Guitar player Daniel Faherty says “This band loves to change it up! We make sure the everyone in the crowd has a blast, from the first note to the last epic chord. And with this much variety, if you’re not having fun, you’d better check your pulse!!!” Lead vocalist Tom Wegner seems to defy gravity as he bounces around the stage. “I just give 110% on every song—I just cant help but rock out to the fat grooves these guys lay down!” As the newest party band on the scene, Big Spoon has made quite a name for themselves since 2015. The group has been fortunate enough to land awesome gigs at venues such as Watertown’s Fourth of July Celebration and the Wisconsin State Fair. The members of Big Spoon are no stranger to the shows such as these both large and small though, with members of the group opening for national acts such as Mr. Big, Joan Jett, and 3-Days Grace in some of their prior musical endeavors.
Entertaining audiences since 1988, Vic Ferrari has played over 2,500 shows. Their loyal and large fan base have followed the group through 10 countries and 25 states to experience the fun and energy of their live shows. Vic Ferrari breaks all conventions by being accessible to their fans at camping trips and vacation tours. These humble, hardworking musicians have won numerous awards but don’t care about critical acclaim, they play for people and enjoyment. Their performances are not only engaging and a great party, they are high quality with outstanding musicianship. This is a band of singers, allowing them to have different voices covering multiple genres and producing a varied playlist of hits. Vic Ferrari is always pioneering new levels of entertainment with the production quality of their shows. They are also redefining what makes a rock show by creating “Symphony On The Rocks” which takes the best aspects of a Vic Ferrari Show and adds 30 classical instruments to produce an electrifying sound with robust arrangements of your favorite rock classics. Attending any Vic Ferrari event brings fun into your life.
Pioneered and headlined by John Michael Coppola,
best known for his appearance in Chicago’s long running production of the Broadway, smash hit
THE FOUR C NOTES are the Midwest’s ONLY tribute dedicated to recreating
the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons!
While they call Chicago home, they have been seen
at private events, performing arts centers and outdoor festivals
ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!
The tribute features all of your favorite hits, including:
“Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like A Man”
“Workin’ My Way Back To You, (Babe)”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, “Let’s Hang On”
and many, many, more…
Tangled Lines is infused with the drive of the northern back roads and the smooth voice from the hills of Wales. Coming from varying pasts yet chasing the same dream, they stumbled upon each other and found their sound. With many different musical backgrounds, their "sound" is simply their expression of their love of music.
Dexter Road is a country rock band from Horicon, Wisconsin formed in 2012. We bring years of musical experience and great harmonies. Musical influences include: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Jerry Reed, Blake Shelton, Johnny Cash, Toby Keith, Justin Moore, Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Montgomery Gentry, Merle Haggard and Brantley Gilbert.
The “DEL RAY’S” are all former members of the “OUTTA STYLE SHOW BAND”. The “DEL RAY’S” are a four-piece band that has been performing together since the late 1970’s. The “DEL RAY’S” perform a variety of rock & roll from the 50's, 60's, and the 70's. The “DEL RAY’S” have a knack for getting the crowd involved and keeping them dancing all night long.
Yeah…the Rocky Mountain Oyster Band is a different bunch. Sort of, shall we say...an acquired taste. But hey…don’t knock ‘em ‘til you tried ‘em! Be prepared to hear & see a well polished show that keeps comin’ at ya whether you like to dance or wanna kick back & be entertained. Bringing great Country music and our pithy sense of humor.
Terra Guitarra is the internationally touring, award winning guitar duo of Bruce Hecksel and Julie Patchouli. Both are lifelong students of music
and accomplished multi-instrumentalists and they have performed together over 4,000 times, toured over a million miles on the road supporting 20 CD releases in 20 years. Bruce and Julie have won
songwriting awards, industry awards, performed on TV, Radio, in the US, Canada and Europe.
The debut Terra Guitarra ('08) album was followed by "Winter Solstice" offering instrumental guitar interpretations of traditional holiday music. The third album "The Mother Night" was released in 2010, "Dragonfly" following in 2012, their second Holiday album, "Auld Lang Syne" 2013. A new studio album "Firelight" released in 2015. Terra Guitarra "Live at the Big River Theatre" was released from a historic theatre performance on September 26th 2015. In January 2017 Terra Guitarra released their 8th album "Of Sea & Stars".
Is a 6-piece Tribute to one of the 80’s most influential bands – JOURNEY!
Formed in 2005 at the request of numerous agents throughout Wisconsin, “SEPARATE WAYS” has quickly become one of the most respected tribute bands in the market, winning the coveted 2012 AND the 2014 WAMI award for the best tribute band in Wisconsin.
Built around an arsenal of multiple WAMI award winning musicians, including the 2015 male vocalist of the year Paul Lent, “SEPARATE WAYS” incorporates forceful vocals with dynamic players, who together recreate the JOURNEY sound that we all love.
It’s that definition that is brought back to life with love and respect from not only the players on stage, but the crowd that waits in anticipation as well, As the lights go down and the crowd rises to their feet, an event is unfolding…
”Break those chains that bind you, one night will remind you how we touched and went our…SEPARATE WAYS.”
Last year was the biggest in the 31 year history of the event! Let's make 2017 even bigger!
Various businesses are starting to receive their tickets and more will be distributed in the near future.
The revamped raffle prize list and the $2 ticket price will once again be used for the raffle.
More prizes than ever!
Grand Prize $5,000
15 Prizes at $500 each
20 Prizes at $100 each
10 Prizes at $50 each
Over $15,000 in prizes will be announced at the drawing Sunday evening, August 14th, shortly after the final concert of the festival (8pm).
Support the 2017 Riverfest by purchasing raffle tickets from local businesses as well as the many individuals working on the sale effort!
Auto Show Sunday, August 13 from 9am-4pm.
850 Labaree Street