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Riverstreet reunion helps area charities, musician

POSTED: August 2, 2012 1:30 a.m.

It may have taken nearly 20 years, but Riverstreet fans are finally getting the encore they’ve been waiting for.

The band is reuniting this Saturday for the Riverstreet Again 2012 concert at the Brenau University Amphitheater, 810 Brenau Lane in Gainesville.

The gates for the blanket and lawnchair-friendly concert will open at 5 p.m. If you happen to forget your picnic, refreshments will be on sale.

"We were only a cover band, but we became fairly popular," said drummer Mike Terrell, who joined the band in 1974.

"We stayed on the road a good bit touring. We played about 10 states and as far away as Arkansas."

In their heyday, the musicians opened for performers like Gregg Allman, Guess Who and Steppenwolf.

Terrell left the group in 1982, but they continued to perform on college campuses and venues throughout the Southeast. He rejoined the group in 1984 and they stuck to stages in Northeast Georgia before calling it quits in 1993.

This weekend’s performance is not only good news for fans who have been waiting years to hear from their favorite cover band, it’s also good for the two local nonprofits benefitting from the performance — Gateway Domestic Violence Center and the John Jarrard Foundation.

Tickets for the show are $20 each. They will be available at the gate or in advance at www.johnjarrardfoundation.com/store or at Green’s Grocery, 971 Riverside Drive in Gainesville.

The band has undergone several reconfigurations since coming together in the late 1960s. Saturday’s performance will feature Terrell, Dwayne Young, Dean Young, Michael Bennett, Larry Vandiver and David Murray. Mack Ashley, the group’s trusted sound technician, will also be on hand.

Opening act Brandon Reeves will warm up the crowd at 7 p.m. before Riverstreet takes the stage for its two-hour concert, Terrell says.

In between sets, the group will host an auction, with proceeds going to Ben Terrell, who is battling metastatic prostate cancer.

"He’s going through some expensive treatments that insurance doesn’t cover," Terrell said of his brother’s plight.

Although Terrell "hates" labeling their music as classic rock, the group’s fans don’t seem to mind. They’ve already purchased few hundred tickets for the much anticipated show.

"To see a response like this is truly humbling," Terrell said.

"We’re looking forward to performing again. Maybe we’ll get back out there.

"We’ll just have to wait and see where this takes us."


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