The Riviera Theatre has a great weekend of events for our upcoming 1-Year Anniversary!
On Friday, August 21, Celtic rock group The Elders will be taking the stage at 8pm. Since forming in 1998, The Elders have brought their musical mix of amped-up roots rock, powerful vocals, blazing instrumentals and top-notch songwriting to festivals, pubs and theaters across the United States and Ireland. These six gentlemen create an original sound that transcends the stereotypical notion of Celtic music, and they deliver it with passion and fire! The songs are mystical, comical, political and cultural, and tell stories of people, places and events - some distant, some recent, some real and some imagined. Don't miss this evening of "arse-kickin' music from the heartland!" Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Saturday, August 22, the Riviera presents Goldmine Pickers, a young, passionate, four-piece band weaving together roots and inspiration from bluegrass, jazz, folk, and Irish traditions to create an energetic new space in Americana music. The group has magnetized audiences in venues ranging from intimate spaces to expansive concert halls with their memorable acoustic performances that feature inspiring interplay between guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and a fiery fiddler, with soaring, heartfelt harmonies. Opening up the evening, The Bearded Ladies take Americana music to a whole new level of party with their danceable blend of bluegrass and jazz. The Ladies (four rustic gents with a penchant for pickin') take the energy and passion of a punk band and blend it with the elegance of a string quartet, serving up a foot-stomping good time while maintaining an invite to your grandma's dinner table. Tickets are $10, with the show beginning at 8pm.
Finishing up the weekend's events, the Riviera presents Il Viaggio a Reims Opera in Cinema on Sunday, August 23 at 3pm. Rossini's last opera in the Italian language (all of his later works were in French,) Il Viaggio was commissioned to celebrate the coronation of French King Charles X in Rheims in 1825, and has been critically acclaimed as one of his finest compositions. It is a demanding work, requiring 14 soloists (three sopranos, one contralto, two tenors, four baritones, and four basses.) The uniqueness and audacity of the opera is compounded by its plot, which concerns a group of people who plan excitedly for a "viaggio" (journey) to the city of Reims that at the end never happens. Directed by Luca Ronconi and featuring sets and costumes by Italian architect Gae Aulenti, the true spirit of the Opera is perfectly captured in this high-definition production from Teatro alla Scala. $16; encore presentation August 26 at 7pm.