‘River’ brings more than just good music

By Mike Rizzuto

Sun Times Editor

I’d be the first to admit that I’m no music critic, but how many of us can claim to be a “Simon Cowell” these days?

Not too many, let’s hope.

But I will tell you this--I know a good band when I hear one. And the band “River,” which paid their annual visit to the Town of Lake Arthur this past Saturday evening, is definitely one of the best I’ve heard in a long time!

The band’s versatility is evident, as it performed a wide variety of popular favorites that kept the huge crowd rocking and rolling on the streets of Arthur Avenue and beyond from the time the band started (around 8:00 p.m.) until the wee hours of Sunday morning.

The vocals were also outstanding, as well as the musical skills of those playing the instruments.

And the verbal quips, one-liners, and off-the-cuff comments coming from

“The Preacher” were not only very entertaining, but they penetrated deeply, reaching the hearts, minds and souls of everyone in attendance!

It’s not too often that you find any band these days worth the while that has some sort of moral compass to share with their devoted listeners. Any novice could surmise that River is made up of good, solid individuals who care deeply about this country, its veterans, it’s Christian heritage, and its conservative traditions that have made it the bastion of freedom envied by others all over the world.

Plus, they’re not ashamed to admit to their Christian beliefs, feelings, and ideology, in stark contrast to many other politically correct groups touring the nation these days.

Now that’s refreshing!

Yes, there was more than just a little bit of Heaven floating around Lake Arthur this past Saturday. People of all genres were milling about, enjoying everything from simple conversation to dancing furiously on the paved streets of Arthur Avenue.

There were innocent children, supervised by caring parents, playing in the park, sliding down the slides, tossing footballs, and enjoying all the implements placed there for their enjoyment.

There were the teenagers, whispering, talking, and laughing with their peers, complete with painted faces, stylish tee-shirts, and dapper clothing.

There were the young adults, milling about filled with the eternal optimism that only those their age can experience, looking, flirting, and stealing a dance or two from someone they were attracted to.

There were the elderly, who either sat listening to the music or danced to it, often holding toddlers in their arms, moving them to and fro to the steady beat of the driving music.

And the weather was just gorgeous, almost as if God had planned it that way, so his followers could congregate in good will to do his bidding.

Yes, that’s what happens each year when River flows into town. It’s a mutual love affair forged in steel between a musically-gifted “traveling family” and the good people of the Town of Lake Arthur.

And all of us who choose to experience this “magic” are better off because of it.

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