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June 30: Mike River and Friends

By March 30, 2021June 3rd, 2023No Comments

Join us on June 30th from 7pm – 10pm – Mike River and Friends – will be playing at Hurricane Marina.

Mike River may be a newcomer to Maryville, but he boasts an impressive past resume.

“I have been playing music in various bands in the Denver, Colorado area since the mid-’90s,” River said. “I was raised out on the Wind River Indian Reservation in the heart of Wyoming and moved to Seattle in the early ’90s in the aftermath of the grunge music explosion. I eventually ended up closer to home in Fort Collins, Colorado, where I put together the band Rexway with some childhood friends from Wyoming. This was a fire-breathing, foot-stomping western, y’all-turnative style punk band. Rexway toured together from the mid-‘90s through about 2006. During that time, we recorded with Peter Distefano from Porno For Pyro in L.A. and were nominated as one of the best bands in Denver five years in a row courtesy of Westworld magazine.”

“I started researching the area and just fell in love with Maryville and the foothills of the Smokies,” he said. “Townsend just felt like home and felt very comfortable. Everyone was so friendly, and the pace was much slower than in Denver. It just felt right for where I’m at in life. We started looking at homes in the area and ended up finding a place here in Maryville that we love.”

After making his move, River was able to pick right up from where he had left off while living in Colorado. He said he’s begun putting together a new album while also working to secure some gigs at various local venues…

In addition, River said he’s intent on recruiting a full backup band. “I’m looking for people to accompany me in the area, so any musicians interested can reach out to me through my website…

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