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All of the singers in The Rivertown Sound Quartet are official members of
The Barbershop Harmony Society
If you would like to see our 100
Rivertown Sound at Blueberry Hill in University City, Missouri
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mp3 file of "Barbara Ann" with Aaron Hardin as
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If you would like to see a CD of our : I Believe, a Collection of Inspirational Songs, click HERE.
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August 25, 2020: Rivertown
Sound Sings in a St. Louis Park
Outdoor shows are ideal
during this virus crisis. We sang an absolutely delightful
"Birthday Show" for our new friend, Harriet. She and her friends
sat on chairs, spread out, in the little park across the street
from her home. They all had our list of songs. They called out
the names of songs they would like to hear. For a full hour, we
were like a "barbershop quartet jukebox". Total fun!
MAY 31, 2020: Rivertown Sound's
First Rehearsal Since the Virus Crisis Started
People have asked, "How did
we practice for the first time after the reopening during the
Covid-19 Virus crisis?" The key was careful planning to stay
SAFE. Here are the details.
WHERE: Aaron’s home which is in a “rural” setting.
LOCATION: Aaron chose for us to be under a huge tree in his front yard. There was plenty of room between four chairs for safety – 6 to 12 feet – in a circle.
ARRIVE: We came in separate cars and never came within 6 feet of each other.
SOUND OUTSIDE: The key to success while singing outside was having four microphones and monitors on either side of “the circle”.
TIME: We sang (and talked) for
just over two hours. We had not seen each other since we did
the show in Illinois on March 14. Since we are all best of
friends, it was a bit of a celebration being together. Using
the microphones to talk was just another advantage of the
SING: Our first song was “Down by
The Old Mill Stream” / “Sweet 16”. Getting used to singing
again was tough! But... within a few minutes, we were pretty
smooth. After a while, we were confident enough to try some
new songs: “Always” and then “Daydream”.
SHOULD OTHER QUARTETS USE THIS SAME REHEARSAL METHOD? Rivertown Sound almost always performs in public with four microphones. While we usually do not rehearse with microphones, it was easy for us to do so. If other quartets have a sound system, we would suggest putting a couple of microphones in the center of the circle of four chairs, facing out. This would help a lot while singing outside - which would be very difficult without a sound system if singers are six to twelve feet apart.
As we all know, singing OUTSIDE is much safer than singing inside. An alternative would be to find a BIG indoor space that has an "echo" -- like a gym. Spread out a full 12 feet. No microphone would be needed. As of June 2020, doctors and other experts do not recommend smaller closed indoor spaces -- like a garage.
July 5, 2020:
The Rivertown Sound Performs for the First Time During the Virus Crisis
The folks at The Blue Owl thought some patriotic and old time classics would be perfect for the Fourth of July weekend. We set up a safe distance of about 25 feet from the outdoor seating area of the restaurant. We stayed six feet from each other using four microphones. We built a "wall" of metal benches around us to keep our fans from getting too close. From 11:00 to around 2:00pm, we sang most of our hit songs and the folks loved it. We loved it too. Just getting outside and seeing people again was wonderful!
on Sunday, August 23, to celebrate The
Blue Owl's thirty-fifth anniversary!
There were over 400 reservations for that special day.
The crowds enjoyed our songs as they waited to have a
wonderful lunch. Other folks just wanted to listen. So they
brought a folding chair and sat under the trees by the parking
lot. It was a hot, perfect, summer fun day!
The Quartet sang a little bit of "Barbara Ann" on
a Channel 5 report last October 11, 2020. The report covered
the town of Kimmswick's problems with paying their basic
expenses. With the Virus Crisis slowing down the tourist
trade, the tax money is just not coming in. The tiny town
has been taking donations as well as asking people to buy
tickets for special events - like the "Cookie Walk" on
December 4, 5, and 6. Rivertown Sound will perform at all of
these special events. They will also continue to sing every
weekend on the parking lot of The Blue Owl until the weather
turns too cold. Kimmswick is open every day during daylight
hours. Please, visit. Enjoy a lunch. Buy a few presents at
the charming shops.
Rivertown Sound on the Fabulous
QUEEN OF THE
AMERICA, AND AMERICAN MELODY
The Rivertown Sound returned to the Mississippi River aboard the magnificent "Queen of The Mississippi" starting in August of 2017. The quartet was pleased to return during the summers of 2018, 2019, and 2021 on other boats from American Cruise Lines. As always, they performed their one hour show starting with classic barbershop favorites and finished with the best of the Doo Wop songs. Of course, Vern had to sing "Old Man River" to a very receptive audience. We are hoping for many happy returns on these relatively new steamboats and cruise ships, which comes to St. Louis during the Summer and Fall seasons. Check the dates in our calendar below for our exact performance dates. Here is the boat's web site:
December 9, 2017: Pacific Opera
House presented "An Elvis Christmas Show!"
with Steve Davis and The Rivertown Sound
August 4, 2017: Pacific Opera
House presented "Elvis!"
with Steve Davis and The Rivertown Sound
After the success of the June 30th show, The Pacific Opera House presented The Rivertown Sound Quartet once again. This time Elvis Presley himself joined us. Our dear friend Steve Davis brought his guitar and sang with us for an entire acoustic evening of the very best of the King's music. This show was unique in that Elvis' band did not join us. It was just great voices, accompanied by one guitar. That was unique and fun.
We will be doing a version of this show at Jefferson Community College on December with Elvis who will be joined by the chorus on some songs. He did this show last year, but he has all new songs for this show. Tickets will be available in October: The St. Louis #1 Chapter Chorus
June 30, 2017: Pacific Opera House "Lost In The 50's Show"
Rivertown Sound Has Celebrated 22 Years With Steve Davis' "Memories of Elvis":
certainly seems like a long time ago now. It was on
Saturday, December 19, 1998, that the quartet gave it's
first performance with the Las Vegas style stage show of
Steve's amazing bass - baritone voice recreates the songs of Elvis Presley better than anyone we have ever seen. From the moving ballads like "Love Me Tender" to the rousing "Jailhouse Rock", he electrifies the theater with his genuine stage charisma. As would become a regular feature, the quartet opened the evening with our fifteen minute show of 1950 's Doo Wop songs. On the last song, "Blue Moon", the band joined us with strong accompaniment. Singing with the Band is always quite exciting because we usually sing without instrumental accompaniment. Our act is a good transition to "Elvis" coming on stage. We then provide backup for dozens of Steve Davis' Elvis songs like "Teddy Bear", "Don't Be Cruel", "Hound Dog", and the always dramatic "American Trilogy".
During the rehearsals and many performances, we have become life long friends with the extremely talented band members, their families, the fan club, and of course Steve himself. After the show, we have the opportunity to spend time talking with the many fans of Steve Davis. We have learned that the some 300 members in the Steve Davis Fan Club were just as warm hearted and kind as Steve and the band. Needless to say, we look forward to performing with "Memories of Elvis" for many more years. Check in here for the latest updates on the shows.
We have been honored to
have performed 18 shows with Steve Davis at
the nationally famous Pageant Theater in University City (St.
Louis) Missouri. Over a thousand fans attended this
special event. Joe Edwards, founder of the Pageant Theater as well as Blueberry Hill, has always been supportive
of Elvis, the band, and all of the performers.
Check out Steve Davis' own homepage "Memories of Elvis" at http://www.memoriesofelvis.com
On December 12, 2016, Rivertown Sound Performed on KMOX Radio's Annual Holiday Show:
Sound Performed on The American Queen Steamboat
The theater is one of the most ornate and beautiful we
have ever seen. The elegant staterooms, gathering areas,
and dining room make a voyage on the American Queen an
experience of a lifetime.
On April 29, 2009, President Obama held a town hall meeting in Arnold, Missouri. The quartet was asked to sing the "National Anthem" at the start of the event. It was quite an experience. Paul took calls from the White House setting up the details.
We arrived at 7:30 in the morning and went through the Press Entrance. There were Secret Service guards everywhere as well as familiar members of the St. Louis press corp. For the next two hours we talked to the press and the members of the White House staff. It was interesting that everything was brought from Washington: the stage, lighting, sound system, the podium, etc.
At about 9:45 we were brought backstage to warm up. We hoped to meet the president there, but he was in another room. At 10:00 we went on stage and began singing. Since we have done the "National Anthem" many times before, we were confident that it would go well -- and it did!
During the president's speech, Missouri's governor and US Senator sat in front of us. He answered questions from the audience. Republicans and Democrats alike seem to appreciate the opportunity to directly communicate with the country's top leader.
Afterwards President Obama briefly walked around the inner circle area to meet people. Our baritone, Dan Monahan, made his way from our nearby seats to the railing and shook hands with the president. Later, we met varioius Missouri political leaders who had nice comments about our rendition of the "National Anthem" .
We were interviewed by the
St. Louis Beacon afterwards. They made of video which
included the entire song and some comments from us.
Here's the audio only which is cleverly overlapped with our interview as well as a bit of Obama's speech.
AUDIO of the National Anthem.
Here is the entire 11 minutes video. We are exactly at 2:40 minutes into the video. Here's the YouTube address: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTZ2cPxMzqY
Regardless of our political points of view, it was truly an event to remember.
Rivertown Sound Lands In "The Top Ten" in the Barbershop Harmony Society Illinois Contest:
In April, 2010, Rivertown Sound
competed in the "Pre-lim" contest in Peoria, Illinois. The
judges liked our renditions of "Whatever Happened To The Old
Songs" and "Last Night Was the End of the World" on Friday
night and moved us into the Saturday night finals. The quartet
then sang "Songs Like Daddy Used To Play" and "Melancholy
Baby". This "Top Ten" is difficult for a "show" quartet like
us to achieve. We are very proud of this achievement. We
represented our dual membership chapter in Waterloo, Illinois.
These great guys encouraged us and we are very appreciative.
On August 19, 2009, Rivertown
Sound participated in a well planned out flashmob at City
Museum. We began rehearsing in June. Our friend Tom
Kavanaugh (from Triune Communications - and Dan
Monahan wrote a little song that repeated the words Kettle
Corn over and over. It is an addictive little tune.
Rivertown spent time in the studios recording various
versions of it and creating harmonies. We then had auditions
for singers and dancers. Tom chose just the right number to
use from the large numbers that auditioned. The day arrived.
A half dozen cameras were ready. Directors stood at both
corners. Then the sky turned dark. Tom said "Let's beat the
rain, go!" We started our song and the others began joining
in. After four minutes it was done. The crowds loved it.
Over 60,000 people have viewed it since then. Here it is:
Sound Quartet Has Appeared on St. Louis
Television "FOX 2 NEWS"
Rivertown Sound sang on FOX2 NEWS during the Christmas
season in 2014. We appeared with Mary Hostetter of
the Blue Owl Restaurant. She brought a huge selection of
her nationally known bakery products to display - and give
to all in the studio. We sang "Santa Claus is Coming to
Town" in that segment.
Here's the 3 minute video on
In another segment we sang "I'm
Yours" as a tribute to one of the interns who was leaving
the station that day.
Here's the 2 minute video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb3T4LO461c&t=1s
This was not the first time we have
sung on FOX 2
NEWS. In February of 2003,
Rivertown Sound sang on the Sunday morning news to help
explain our "Valentine Day" song program in which a
special love song is delivered by a quartet for romantic
folks around town. The money collected was used to promote
vocal music education in St. Louis. Another time was July 1, 2005. We sang "Lion Sleeps
Tonight" on the main part of the show and and later
performed "Earth Angel" during the anniversary photos near
the end of the broadcast. We have no video of these
Chuck said, "You kids were great!" We liked the
"kids" comment particularly.
September 18, 2002 was one of our biggest shows ever! Rivertown Sound performed our full 50 minute "Doo Wop Show" to warm up the crowd for legendary Rock and Roller, Chuck Berry. All of our previous performances at Blueberry Hill had been part of Steve Davis' "Memories of Elvis," but this time we were on our own. The great TCB Band offered to back us up, but the owner of Blueberry Hill, Joe Edwards, thought that just the voices alone coming through their excellent sound system would be a unique way to capture the sound of the 50 's. Among the 18 songs we performed that night, we introduced several new songs for us: "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys, "Happy Together" by the Turtles --and of course "Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.
In 2008, Chuck Berry's
granddaughter was at our annual show with Steve Davis at
Blueberry Hill. She is a performer herself and has had a
successful career. She told us that at that time her Grand
Dad was doing just fine, and was still performing. In fact,
he continued performing in the "Duck Room" through 2014
after illness forced him to retire.
When Chuck Berry passed away
in 2017, everyone associated with Blueberry Hill expressed
great loss. We certainly looked back fondly on our moment in
the glow of the founder of Rock and Roll.
Rivertown Sound Frequently Appears on Numerous Barbershop Society Annual Shows
Doing Barbershop Society annual shows are always the most fun. There are some 27,000 men in the Barbershop Harmony Society centered around 800 individual chapters (choruses). We make special efforts to arrange our schedule to fit them in. We also give a special performing rate.
Here is a list - and perhaps
a website link - of some of the chapters for which we have
Florissant Valley Chapter, St. Louis Suburban Chapter, Belleville Chapter; The Sweet Adelines Gateway Spotlight Chorus, The Waterloo Illinois Area Chapter; Little Egypt Barbershop Chorus, Carbondale, Il; the Columbia Missouri Chapter, the Homestead Harmonizers of Beatrice, Nebraska, and of course, our own beloved chapter in Hillsboro, MO The St. Louis #1 Chapter Chorus.
We have been honored to be part of these great chapter's annual shows. As guest quartet, the Rivertown Sound will perform barbershop classics as well as our unique hits from the 1950's & 60's which few other quartets do. . "Barbershoppers" are always fun to talk to, sing with, and celebrate together our hobby.
"Meet Me In St. Louis", 1904
Yes, it's been well over 100 years since the great St. Louis World's Fair in Forest Park. The quartet has been asked to sing in many recreations including some in the actual Forest Park buildings dating back to the Fair era. (Missouri Historical Society, Lindell Pavilion, The St. Louis Art Museum, and The MUNY) It is a wonderful experience to perform the great barbershop quartet songs from the "turn of the century" including the famous theme song written for the fair in 1904, "Meet Me In St. Louis".
New Barbershop Singer is All Grown Up.
entered the world on Friday, July 9,
2004. Rivertown Sound tenor Bill Dean cannot decide if Collin Everett
will also be a tenor like himself, or sink to the depths
of sound like our basses Paul Ogle and Vern Abel. Mother Heather Dean is just happy that Collin is doing
well in school and loves to play sports. It has been
reported that he has listened to plenty of fine barbershop
quartet CD's (including Rivertown Sound, of
During mid-2001, Tom realized
he was too ill to dedicate time needed to stay in the
quartet, and officially retired. Tom was a founding member
of the quartet in 1985 when we all decided to create a
quartet to perform in the way the old quartets of the turn
of the century did: Entertain with any type of songs
that an audience wanted to hear. He was the one who
contacted all of the theatrical agents in St. Louis and
arranged the complex list of shows. During his hundreds of
performances, he met so many people who always complimented
his wonderful singing voice. He considered singing the National
Anthem before the St.
Louis Cardinals game shortly after the Persian
Gulf War, as the highlight of his singing career.
Later he performed at a Cardinal's benefit which featured
Mark McGwire and the team.
(In 2008, Tom finally succumbed to the effects of Parkinson's disease. We all miss him dearly.)
(Sorry, we have
misplaced our 1985 - 1998 Schedules!)
(The shows with Steve Davis' "Memories of Elvis" are indicated next to the date.)
On March 15, Illinois shut down all public gatherings. Missouri did the same a few days later. All 2020 shows are on "hold" until further notice. Send an email to request a booking from July and beyond.