Umbrella Arts River of Music 2021 summer concert series

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The Guttenberg German Band practices in Ingleside Park in preparation for their July 16 performance. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Guttenberg Umbrella Arts members are once again hosting their popular River of Music (ROM) concert series. All concerts are free and held on Friday evenings beginning June 4 through Aug. 7, from 6-8 p.m., with the exception of July 2, which will be held from 6-9 p.m., kicking off Guttenberg's Stars and Stripes celebration.  Musicians will perform under the band shelter located in Ingleside Park at the intersection of China Street and North River Park Drive.  

COVID-19 restrictions (masks and social distancing) will apply unless otherwise announced. "We are requesting masks be worn while entering and exiting the park and family units sit together," said event organizers. 

Donations are accepted to help cover costs of art-related Umbrella Arts sponsored projects. Concert attendees can enjoy a variety of music genres performed by local and regional musicians. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, picnic dinner and your cooler (glass containers are not allowed), and enjoy the performance under a canopy of majestic shade trees while enjoying panoramic views of the Mississippi River. All ages are welcome for this family friendly event. Concerts will be held rain or shine with no alternate location.

 The Side Project

June 4 - Umbrella Arts will kick off its 2021 Summer Concert Series with "The Side Project." While all working full time jobs, "The Side Project" started out as a small garage band in Guttenberg simply because of the love of music of all walks and genres. The classic rock band's members include John Collins on drums; Derrick Livingston on bass; lead guitarist Aaron Reed and vocalist Angela Reed. 

Steve and Michele Dikkers 

Just for Fun 

(Feeding the Right Side of the Brain) 

June 11 - Steve and Michele Dikkers will perform Bluegrass-inspired music. The laid-back sound features acoustic string instruments with an emphasis on the off beat. 

Pizzin' in the Wind

June 18 - Pizzin' in the Wind will perform their full lineup of country, country rock, pop and rock music. Band members include Eric Meyer, Steve Moser, Jesse Moser, and Scott Fischer.

The Buck Hollow Band

June 25 - Band members John and Teresa Condon have been performing together for 28 years throughout the Midwest. They play classic and modern country songs including some Elvis, Buddy Holly and other classic party rock songs, waltzes and polkas — whatever it takes to get the crowd having fun and dancing. 

Triple Threat

July 2 - In observance of Guttenberg's Stars and Strips weekend, Triple Threat will be entertaining audience members for an extra hour from 6 - 9 p.m. Band members Scott Fischer, and father and son du0 Steve and Jesse Moser, play a wide variety of favorite pop, country, country rock and rock music. 

Beau Timmerman

July 9 - From power ballads to grunge – including your favorite toe-tapping country anthems, Beau Timmerman's repertoire spans for miles. 

The Guttenberg German Band

July 16 - The authentic traditional German/Bavarian village band, directed by Dennis Hanna, plays a wide variety of marches, polkas and waltzes, with a few specialty numbers. The German Band is comprised of members from Guttenberg and the surrounding community. They are friends who practice together for the love of German music. 


July 23 - Rocktide band members Ben Schmelzer, Jesse Moser, Brian Wille, and Steve Moser, who play classic rock, rock, country and anything starting with the Fifties all the way up to the Nineties and some recent music. 

The Love Handles

July 30 - The Love Handles play a variety of pop music including country, country rock and rock for your listening pleasure. Members of the Love Handles are Jim Scheffert and Chris Evers, who both grew up in Guttenberg.

Johnnie Walker

August 6 - Johnnie Walker is a 2019 inductee to the prestigious Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association. He enjoys performing the classic rock 'n' roll songs that his established following loves to hear.

For additional information Check out Umbrella Arts Facebook page for updates @UmbrellaArtsGuttenberg.

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