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River City Pops: Why American Vinyl?

We’re waiting with anticipation for the opening of River City Pops’ 2017 showcase American Vinyl April 27th, because who doesn’t love to sing along to a good American crowd pleaser? We got with RCP President Craig Barron to answer the simple question on our minds—why American Vinyl? Here’s what he had to say.

River City Pops was formed in 1984 and has played in a variety of Austin venues over the years. This is our third year at the Long Center and we think the Rollins Theatre is the perfect venue for what we do. We’ve always considered ourselves a “show choir,” but our evolution has taken us from a primarily stand-and-sing choir to a more dynamic vocal performance group. Our goal is to present a show that’s never boring, with a mix of full-group and small-group numbers—some fully-choreographed and some simply staged, depending on the mood or energy of the songs. And we are backed by a fantastic band with some of the best musicians in Austin!

Each year, following our main spring show, the members of our group begin the process of choosing a theme for the next year’s show. In 2016 British Invasion was such a blast to perform that we knew we had to keep the momentum going. After some consideration, American Vinyl seemed a natural choice. After all, if we’re going to pay tribute to the greatest rock artists from across the water, why not do the same for those right here in America?

American Vinyl represents a golden period in our Country’s musical landscape. The days of vinyl, LPS and records were uniquely special. There was an exciting creative movement in American music during that time that gave birth to some of the most indelible and iconic songs ever. The songwriting in the late 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s was simply amazing. Artists like the Eagles, Billy Joes, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, and countless others were pumping out incredible songs faster than their fans could listen to them.

To honor that period, we’ve put together a sampling—a classic potpourri of great American music—that we hope our audiences will enjoy. There’s a mix of pop, rock, disco, soul and country. Given the vast amount of material to choose from, we’re only skimming the top. But good stuff nevertheless!

We would love for you to join us on a trip back to the days of Woodstock, bell bottoms, disco balls, and good ‘ol rock-n-roll! It’ll be a fun journey!

— Craig Barron, President, River City Pops

Here’s a taste of River City Pops’ 2015 show, Mixtape.

Relive the golden age of American Vinyl with River City Pops, April 27 – 30. Bring those bell bottoms and ’80s jackets!

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