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Riverstreet wrapping up Gainesville summer music series
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The Riverstreet Band.

Northeast Georgia’s favorite classic rock band is closing The Arts Council’s Summer MusicFest this year.

Riverstreet, founded in Gainesville in the summer of ’69 while Neil and Buzz were strolling around the moon overhead, is performing at 8 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Smithgall Arts Center at 331 Spring St. SW in Gainesville.

Riverstreet

What: The final performance of The Arts Council’s Summer MusicFest

When: 8 p.m. Aug. 3

Where: Smithgall Performing Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville

How much: $25 per person, discounts for groups

More info: www.theartscouncil.net

Northeast Georgia’s favorite classic rock band is closing The Arts Council’s Summer MusicFest this year.

Riverstreet, founded in Gainesville in the summer of ’69 while Neil and Buzz were strolling around the moon overhead, is performing at 8 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Smithgall Arts Center at 331 Spring St. SW in Gainesville.

The show caps the council’s summer music series, which included The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, The Northwinds Symphonic Band and Grains of Sand.

Band members include Michael Bennett on keyboard, David Murray on guitar, Mike Terrell on drums, Larry Vandiver on lead guitar, Dean Young on rhythm guitar and Dwayne Young on bass guitar. They’ll play covers or classic rock hits.

In their heyday, the band performed on stage with Gregg Allman, Ray Charles, Badfinger, Guess Who and Steppenwolf.

“We did clubs, mainly. Just kind of small clubs, and then it escalated,” Dean Young told The Times in 2017. “We got a couple of booking agents that got ahold of us, and then we started doing a bigger circuit.”

Their biggest show was at the Orlando Jazz Festival in the 1980s, where they played with Ray Charles and a number of other big-time jazz and rock bands in front of a crowd of almost 20,000 people.

“You know you’ve done at least something right all the years you’ve been playing when you walk up and the butterflies start going,” Dwayne said. “When we first started playing, I was just sort of scared because I’ve never witnessed nothing like that. As time goes, it wasn’t nothing.

“But when you step up the steps and see 18,000 people staring at you, you get the butterflies.”

The band will play before slightly less than 18,000 in August, though there’s plenty of room at the Gainesville venue.

Individual tickets are $25 and a family of three get in for $60 and a family of five for $75. Eight-person tables are $250.

For tickets call 770-534-2787 or visit www.theartscouncil.net.
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