The final concert of the New Richmond Heritage Center’s Heritage Hillside Series is Wednesday, Aug. 21, and will feature a top headliner, The Whitesidewalls. Pack up your picnic lunch, bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy music from the golden age of rock 'n' roll 6:30-8 p.m.
The Whitesidewalls Rock 'n' Roll Revue was founded in 1972 by Minnesota college classmates Pat Brown and Eric Satterlund. They found they shared a love of''50s and ''60s music and decided to form a group. The Whitesidewalls grew quickly in popularity and became a fixture of the Twin Cities music scene, appearing at many venues in the five-state area. In 1979, they performed were a part of the first Winter Dance Party revival -- the annual event commemorating the last shows of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, and continue to perform there.
The members include:
Pat "Hound Dog" Brown, who continues as bandleader today. He plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and sings.
David "Swanee" Swanson became a Whitesidewall in the second year of the band's existence. Active in the local recording scene as a producer and engineer, he plays saxophone, guitar, keyboards and sings.
Brad "Gino Gambucci" Nelson joined The Whitesidewalls in 2009. He also has recording experience as a performer and engineer. He plays bass, keyboard, guitar and sings.
Bill "Bobby Maestro" Spalding joined the Whitesidewalls in 2010. He plays keyboards, bass, guitar and sings.
Erik "Rocky Beaumont" Swenson joined the group in 2011. He plays drums, bass, guitar and sings.
The evening is sponsored by Westfields Hospital & Clinic. There will be pop and popcorn available for purchase. The Heritage Center asks that people bring a nonperishable food item to donate for Five Loaves Food Shelf. For information, call 715-246-3276.