Riverbend Live! will return to Winston’s Riverbend Park for five weeks of live entertainment starting July 2nd.

For the 25th year, the free concert series will take place every Friday in July. Each concert starts at 7 p.m. and lasts approximately two hours.

“The Riverbend Live! The committee is thrilled to announce that our summer concert season and youth theater are back for 2021 after a long and unwanted hiatus! “Riverbend Live! President Ellen Porter said.” It’s our 25th anniversary too, and it is will be fun, so please come out and help us celebrate. “

The concert offers something for everyone.

A mix of classic and contemporary R&B, rock and soul will fill the park on July 2nd, if Marc Broussard enter the stage. His song “Home” catapulted him into the national limelight. His songs have been included in a wide variety of television programs and films.

The cowboy tradition lives on when cowboy entertainers Dave Stamey and cowboy poet Chris Isaacs occur on July 16th. Stamey was named Entertainer of the Year twice, Male Performer of the Year three times and Songwriter of the Year twice by the Western Music Association and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists.

Isaacs is a poet and humorist who has been described as “cut from the same cloth as Will Rogers”. He has spent over 60 years living the life he writes about and is a three-time winner of the Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Award.

On July 23rd and 24th, the Riverbend Live! Youth theater. This year’s production is called Firebringer, and it follows a tribe of cavemen who try to survive prehistoric life by expressing themselves rather than beating heads. They’re also trying to survive a clan member who doesn’t quite fit in.

The papas, also known as Cherry Poppin ‘Daddies, will end on July 30th. According to the press release, this is “the kind of band you want to book when you throw a soiree at the Gatsby mansion.”

Grocery vendors will be on site, but you are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch. Guests should also bring their own seating. Pets and smoking are not allowed.

“We would like to especially thank our sponsors and supporters for their patience over the past year, but we would be happy to be back!” Said Portier.

Erica Welch is the special section editor for The News-Review. She can be reached at ewelch@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4218.