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Arts Minded column: Local father, son duo stand out during RF Days

Veterans' Park and Heritage Park in downtown River Falls have long been the scenes of live music. This week, for River Falls Days, a father and son duo stands out. Ari Silver was welcomed by Chris Silver and his bands in front of and on the stage more than a dozen years ago. I recall him while still a toddler playing air guitar with a mighty childhood passion. He now plays the real guitar very well, blending a lovely singing voice in harmony with his dad. Ari's stage presence is captivating and confident as father and son obviously relish this creative connection. The collaboration, an unusual apprenticeship, provides a delightful rendition, creating a synergy that challenges and elevates them both.

How many professional musician fathers cultivate the same ambition and talent in their offspring from toddler-hood on? Chris stands out, especially as a multi-instrumental bluegrass artist, a teacher and accomplished musician, generously supporting and encouraging other musicians. His contributions enhance the cultural opportunities for our small city.

To hear and see Ari and Chris amplify each others' talents come to the Heritage Park stage Saturday, July 13, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., sponsored by River Falls Community Arts Base. And don't miss the other musical acts listed below.

Music does not end with River Falls Days. Veterans Park is a venue where unique musical styles and artists find an audience in this pleasant outdoor environment, with concerts Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer, sponsored by RF CAB. Tuesday evenings the UWRF Amphitheatre finds young children running and dancing on the lawn to great live music. These two organizations, RF CAB and UWRF, along with music in clubs and restaurants provide a lot of culture for our region.

For more River Falls Days info go to: www.tourism.rfchamber.com/events

Events and opportunities

Continuing through Aug.10, "Beyond Words: Visual Narratives from the Block Book to the Graphic Novel," National Traveling Exhibit, RF Public Library, 140 Union St, River Falls WI 54022.

Continuing through Aug. 25, "Warm Breezes," Summer exhibit, Orange Dragon Art Gallery, 122 Orange Street, Prescott, WI 54021.

Friday, July 12, 3 p.m., Little Wing, acoustic duo, Heritage Park, Downtown RF. Free.

Saturday, July 13, 1 to 3 p.m. CAB Artist reception, Art's House, 108 E. Maple, RF (art openings every second Saturday, except January) www.riverfallscab.org

Saturday, July 13, at Heritage Park, Downtown RF.

12:30 p.m., Chris and Ari Silver. Free.

3:30 p.m., The Pickled Beats, Americana duo. Free.

6 p.m., The Bad Habits Brass, adults $5.00, children $3.00. Free admission with RF Days button.

9 p.m. IV Play, 80s, 90s and contemporary rock. adults $5, children $3. Free admission with RF Days button.

Sunday, July 14, 11 a.m., Nici Peper, Americana singer-songwriter. Heritage Park, Downtown RF. Free. Sponsored by RF CAB.

The following UW-RF Summer Concert Series events are free, Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Melvin Wall Amphitheatre (rain site, University Center). Food for sale. www.uwrf.edu/StudentInvolvement

July 16, St. Croix Valley Community Band

July 23, 7 p.m. Kids From Wisconsin show choir

July 30, Joyann Parker

Aug. 6, Chris Silver and The Good Intentions

The following Music in the Park concerts are free at 7 p.m., brought to you by RF CAB. Veterans Park, Main Street, RF (rain site, Juniors Grill & Tap House).

Friday, July 19, Tommy Bentz Band

Saturday, July 20, The Hunyuks.

Friday, July 26, Xibaba

Saturday, July 27, PK Mayo

Friday, July 19, 6 to 9 p.m., "Flora and Fauna" opening reception, Anderson Center, 163 Tower View, Red Wing. www.andersoncenter.org

Wednesdays, July 24 and Aug. 28, 6 to 8 p.m., coloring for adults, RF Public Library, 140 Union St.

Wednesday, July 31, 7 p.m. Summer Songs and Sundaes Concert, UW-RF KFA, Abbott Concert Hall. Free will donation at the door.

Save the date: Saturday, Sept. 7, 24th Annual CAB Art on the Kinni, juried art fair.

Other sources for classes and/or events:

River Falls Community Arts Base (CAB), www.riverfallscab.org

Kinnickinnic Clayworks potters invite you to throw, trim and glaze pottery. 109 W Cedar St., 715-821-3982 www.kinniclay.com

River Falls Public Library www.riverfallspubliclibrary.org

River Falls Community Theatre www.facebook.com

Fox Den Books, 120 S. Main St. RF 715-425-6180 www.foxdenbooks.com

The Phipps Center For The Arts, 109 Locust St. Hudson, WIwww.thephipps.org

Hammond Arts Alliance www.facebook.com/hammondartsalliance/

Orange Dragon Gallery www.orangedragongallery.org

UWRF Music www.uwrf.edu/MUS/CalendarEvents.cfm