Left to right - Lou, Bud, John, Jim, Dave, & Dick
Mission River is ready to rock for 2015!
It is hard to believe that ten years have gone by since a few neighborhood friends decided to get together and make some music. Very quickly on, once we decided to be an actual band we also made a collective decision not to be just another "bar band." Instead, we were devoted to use our musical talent to help raise money for local and national charities. Over the years, it has been our pleasure to play events to help raise money for organizations such as Make a Wish Foundation, Guitars for Vets, Special Olympics, ABCD (after breast cancer diagnosis), Lumen Christi Catholic School, and Wounded Warriors, among many others. While we cannot say to a certainty how much money we have raised, we estimate that it is in the $500,000 range.
We have received some great publicity along the way. We have been featured on WTMJ's 'Morning Blend' show, in the Ozaukee News-Graphic, the ABA monthly news magazine in the "giving back section" and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
We have performed over 70 shows during our 10 years together and our set list has expanded to over 100 songs from artists as diversified as Ray Charles to Led Zeppelin. We have had a host of guest artists who have sat in with us over the years, including our great horn section, "the Sting Ray Horns." We want to thank all of our friends, fans and family members who have religiously followed us at all of our various gigs durirng the last 10 years. We couldn't have done it without you!
We are currently on "winter break" but are heading back to the studio to start working on material for the 2015 playing year. We also plan to intrdouce some original music into our set list. Finally, we are also looking forward to planning a special 10 year anniversary party sometime in late summer or early Fall. Look for details at our web site as the plans are confirmed.
Tentative dates coming up in 2015 include:
Saturday March 21, 2015 (8:30pm-10:30pm) - Milwaukee Curling Club. Cedarburg WI
Wed., June 17, 2015 (6pm-8pm) - Milwaukee Justice Center annual fun run, Veteran's park, Milwaukee, WI
Sat., Aug. 22, 2015 (9am - 12pm) - Run for Wishes (Make-a-Wish)
Summerfest Grounds, Milwaukee
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 10th anniversary MRB party, The River Club, Mequon, WI.
Saturday October 3, 2015-Great Lakes Distillery- Private Party.