News Column

Stage of ROCK

September 1, 2014

By Brenden West, Clinton Herald, Iowa

Sept. 01--CLINTON -- Moments before he, too, rocked out during the annual concert he helps to organize, Tegeler Music store owner Don Tegeler couldn't help but praise all the new Riverview Bandshell could offer.

"I can almost do three days because we have so many bands that want to do this," Tegeler said. "This is such a nice venue and a nice park. It's such a great place to come and have a nice relaxing day enjoying music."

Previous events at the bandshell were more cumbersome. Tegeler said loading and storing equipment was difficult and that high-powered bands used to require generators. With all that's new, those issues have been addressed.

Next summer, Tegeler would like to see events at the bandshell every weekend.

"Now that the Bandshell is completed, I would love to see, every weekend, some kind of entertainment, performance," he said. "I don't care if it's Shakespeare in the park or string quartets. You name it, we should have something going on down here. From Memorial Day to Labor Day would be perfect."

As for this weekend, once again, Tegeler put on a stellar show. From Saturday to Sunday, 22 bands performed live in the free park venue during the Tegeler Music Benefit Concert. Donations were accepted on behalf of Tegeler's other endeavor -- the Clinton Fine Arts Association, which had volunteers organizing the event.

All proceeds from the concert will go toward CFAA. That group's main priority is helping to fund a new fine arts center for the Clinton Middle School.

To Tegeler, the weekend events highlighted the need for such a venue. His benefit concert gave adults a fun creative outlet. The same can happen for middle-schoolers, he said.

"Because this is such a big project, if we do more events like this it will probably help that group," Tegeler said. "Our community, I believe, that we need financial support to bring about arts of all kinds. Every part of the fine arts."

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