Country band to open summer concerts

DOWNEY - The Doo-Wah Riders, a high-energy country music band "with a Cajun twist," will open the summer concert series Wednesday evening at Furman Park.The free concert starts at 7 p.m. The Doo-Wah Riders play a collection of classic, contemporary and original songs. They have appeared in concert with Garth Brooks, George Strait, Alabama, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Brooks and Dunn, K.D. Lang and others. The Riders have also served as a back-up band to Glen Campbell, Deanna Carter, Bryan White, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lee Ann Womack and Martina McBride. The group also recorded with Byron Berline on his Grammy Award-nominated album "Fiddle and a Song." The Doo-Wah Riders are familiar faces at fairs and festivals throughout the country, and they have performed in movies, on television shows, and at Disneyland and Sea World. The group is made up by Kenny Lee Benson on keyboards, accordion, harmonica and vocals; Lindy Rasmusson on guitar and vocals; Keith Niehenke on fiddle, guitar and vocals; James Quintero on bass and vocals; and Perry Senn on drums. The summer concert series is held at Furman Park with all concerts Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The Downey Patriot is the official media sponsor for the concerts. The full lineup includes: July 7 - Doo-Wah Riders July 14 - The Alley Cats (50s and 60s a cappella) July 21 - The Answer (tribute to classic rock) July 28 - Mariachi Monumental de America and Folklor Pasion Band Mexicana de Los Angeles (mariachi music) Aug. 4 - Stone Soul (tribute to Motown) Aug. 11 - Downey Symphony Aug. 18 - The Wiseguys (big band music) Aug. 25 - U.S. Marine Corps

********** Published: July 1, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 11