October 1, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | City Center Park
Get ready for some amazing music from the very talented Scarlet Rivera and Fredy Argir Band.
This will be the first time these two performers share the same stage – and we can’t wait to see what the chemistry produces.
SCARLET RIVERA – QUEEN OF SWORDS
Grammy-nominated American musician Scarlet Rivera burned a hole in the fabric of rock history as a pioneer of the electric violin. From a classical background, she bent the accepted norms by experimenting with all genres of music from Rock fusion and Jazz to Latin polyrhythms. She was a revolutionary from the start.
Bob Dylan was the first to discover and acknowledge Scarlet, inviting her as an integral part of the legendary album ‘Desire’ and Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Dylan recognized the genius of Scarlet’s vision as a violinist who played much like a lead guitarist. Scarlet’s dynamic presence led the way to the inclusion of other string players in Rock music. ‘Desire’ was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the top five albums of Dylan’s career and was Scarlet’s debut on the world stage.
As the first female member of Dylan’s band, Scarlet was featured on four additional multi-platinum albums. She is known for her contributions to countless recordings and performances with the most influential artists of our time. Her abilities are wide-ranging and have enjoyed the spotlight in music’s most hallowed Carnegie Hall, with The Duke Ellington Orchestra as well as The Kennedy Center and the Carnival of Venice, Italy. Her current Grammy-nominated vocal debut, ‘All of Me’, has been spotlighted with stellar reviews around the world.
Scarlet continues her journey of expression and creativity having performed with such treasured legends as Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, Eric Andersen, Keb Mo, Peter Maffay, David Johansen, and Sylvia Tyson of ‘Ian and Sylvia’, and five-time Grammy winner Cindy Cashdollar. She has most recently been performing with Brandi Carlisle.
Get ready for this violin to carry you to a different world.
FREDY ARGIR BAND
I was born and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota, and for most of my life, I have lived in and worked out of Austin, Texas. I wrote my first short story in high school, a science fiction piece called “Time is No Object.” I’ve written and published hundreds of poems and songs, worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, and did magazine and concert reviews for several publications. Later, I wrote a lot about the software which got me into the high-tech business for a while, where I designed and edited sixteen computer manuals, training materials, websites, and corporate communication.
After dropping out of college, I served four years in the Air Force, where I learned to play the guitar. When I was discharged, I immediately went on the road with a rhythm and blues band and eventually settled in Texas, where I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a journalism degree.
When I got out of school, I traveled for decades. I wrote folk songs and toured on the college coffeehouse circuit, lived and worked in New York and San Francisco and Austin and Northern Minnesota drifted around for many years as a solo performer, and had a few bands. I was the staff musician at (Australian tennis champion) John Newcombe’s Tennis Ranch, explored North and Central America, traveled Europe, and recently spent a decade (2001-2011) in a private recording studio. I cut back on my gig schedule in 2011 to spend more time writing.
My music recordings (the first in 1968, the last in 2009) include three record albums, a bunch of singles (that would be 45 rpm records for you kids), some cassette-only albums, and a lot of CD releases, as well as a catalog of production and studio credits. By my reckoning, I cut twenty-five albums and released a dozen of them. Several of my recordings, including Thistledew from the Seventies and One Man Dancing from 2001, surface in interesting ways every so often.
Many of my studio and live recordings are in circulation and some of the songs have been recorded by other musicians. It would be space-consuming to list the venues where I’ve performed and the artists with whom I’ve shared a stage. Ditto my radio and TV credits.
In the mid-Nineties, I entered the high-tech business, where I spent three years at Mesa Software and five at Dell Computer before returning to the music industry for another decade.
In 2001, I released a book of poetry, Blackhawk Manuscript, and in 2012, I published a collection of four novellas, under the title of Secret Lives of Musicians. In the next two years, I finished two more novels: The Dunes Incident, a Texas mystery, and The Sun Code, an international thriller. I’m currently working on a collection of short stories and some poetry. The band includes Fredy with long-time friends Barbara With on piano and vocals and Billy Smith on harp and vocals.