Little River Band to play ‘Riverfest’


The Little River Band will headline “Riverfest 2014” on Saturday, July 5 at the Irvin N. Anderson Amphitheater in International Falls.
The Lamont Cranston Band and the Mike Ure Band will round out the performers.
Mike Ward, president of the International Falls Rotary Club, revealed the lineup Wednesday evening during a cross-border brainstorming session at the AmericInn across the river.
Last year, “Riverfest” featured several cover bands and took place July 4.
This year, organizers decided to go with original bands and move it back to July 5 to attract more local Americans, who otherwise might be attending Fourth of July festivities, as well as make it easier for Canadians to attend.
“We were able to [fulfil] a promise that we made and get a name band—Little River Band is our name band,” Ward told those attending the brainstorming session.
“But because Lamont
Cranston is a name band, as well, we actually went all out to get folks that would appeal to different genres in terms of music,” he added.
“Leading off, though, is a Canadian band—the Mike Ure Band—which actually is somewhat country, more modern country, and plays around Canada and has a local tie to Fort Frances,” Ward noted.
“We were able to grab them as an opening act.”
Ward said Mike Ure Band guitarist Aidan Johnson-Bujold is a nephew of Fort Frances native James Bujold.
With hits such as “Reminiscing,” “Lady,” “Lonesome Loser,” “Cool Change,” “The Night Owls,” and “Take It Easy on Me,” the Little River Band brings rock/pop from the ’70s and ’80s to the table.
Lamont Cranston Band will bring blues.
“We’re hoping that we’ll get a whole bunch of people that are interested in, and have a little bit of connection, to Lamont Cranston or the Little River Band, and also have that local draw of Michael Ure,” Ward reasoned.
“Riverfest,” which the Rotary Club and Backus Community Center took over from the City of International Falls last year, is a major annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club, Ward said.
Money raised by both groups goes back into programming to help youth and arts projects in the community.
Looking ahead to next year, Ward said organizers plan to hold a mid-winter fundraiser at Backus, where bands will perform and compete, with the winner having the privilege of being the opening act at “Riverfest.”
While they will not get paid for winning the contest (that money will go to fundraising for ‘Riverfest’), they will be paid as the opening act.
Ward said it’s hoped this draws bands from both sides of the border.
More information on “Riverfest 2014,” such as ticket sales, will be forthcoming later this spring.