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Classic rock fans can rejoice: The Guess Who, Foghat and Arch Allies are set to perform at Levee Park on Saturday for Rivertown Live.

The continuous live music runs from 5-10 p.m., beginning with the Arch Allies on the Rotary Pavilion Stage. The Guess Who and Foghat will perform their setlists on the Main Stage, which will be set up parallel to Tyler Street, and the Arch Allies will take the stage for an encore between those performances.  

Tickets allow access to all three bands and can be purchased online at rivertownlive.com. General admission tickets are $39, and reserved seating starts at $69.   

This is the sixth year the Hastings Rotary Club has put on Rivertown Live. Last year’s concert drew around 2,000 people and raised approximately $25,000, both high-water marks, according to Tom Montgomery, a longtime member of the Rotary Club and one of the co-chairs for the event.  

Montgomery, who has been involved with Rivertown Live since its inception, is hoping this year’s event can match or exceed last year’s record-breaking numbers. The annual concert has continued to grow since its first act, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band, in 2016.

In 2018, after the costumed-pyrotechnic show put on by the pop rock band Hairball, the Hastings Rotary Club realized they needed an increase in scale.

“With them, we learned that the pavilion stage wasn’t made to draw the crowd that we grew,” Montgomery said.

Thus, in 2019 when they brought in the rock band Chicago, the Rotary Club erected the Main Stage and have since utilized both stages for Rivertown Live. The concert’s expansion also came with the addition of food trucks, beverage sales and added reserved seating.

“It just built up within that Levee Park footprint,” Montgomery said.

As Rivertown Live has grown, so has the volunteer base that makes it happen. Montgomery estimates that there are over 100 volunteers to help facilitate this year’s concert, many of them coming from Hastings High School. 

“We’ve had an extremely good partnership with Hastings High School. They’re wonderful for providing volunteers, they’re our largest volunteer base, and they’ve just done a yeoman's work for us helping us after the concert with the cleanup and it's really fantastic,” Montgomery said.

Outside of the music, the ambiance of the riverfront and the tourism generated, Rivertown Live is all about giving back to the community of Hastings.

“The concerts are intended to serve as fundraising for the Rotary’s community giving and then also, trying to build to another big project,” Montgomery said.

The proceeds from Rivertown Live are allocated in numerous ways throughout the community. Montgomery said that part of the money is funneled into existing programs, such as the Hastings Rotary Fishing and Cycling Without Age, which gives seniors the opportunity to participate in activities that they otherwise may not be able to do on their own. 

The Hastings Rotary Club provides annual support to the Hastings Family Service, the Lewis House and the United Way’s literacy program. They also award scholarships each month during the school year to a student from Hastings High School.

“One of our favorite programs is a scholarship stipend for high school seniors. We do a student of the month, teachers nominate a student of the month, and they come down and speak to us at a Rotary meeting, and I’ve got to tell you, it’s one of the best meetings we have of the year when we have a student of the month there,” Montgomery said. “They’re very impressive people.” 

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