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Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014

'Riverside' performs at Blast 2 the Past Arts Council event


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The Arts Council of Plant City hosted a concert at the Walden Lake Golf and Club House Sunday, June 23. The concert, entitled Blast 2 the Past, was performed by local singing group Riverside and featured a mixture of retro pop and rock from the '50s through the '70s. The reception room at the Walden Lake club house was decorated with themes from the 1950s through the 1970s, and the dance floor and stage was set in a style reminiscent to lounge acts from the era.

Producer and director for Riverside, as well as past-president and board member for the Arts Council of Plant City, Cheryl Worsham, explained that the arts council seeks to bring the arts to the community while raising scholarship funds for students seeking careers in the arts. Worsham, who chairs concerts and and events for the organization, said they host concerts three to four times a year with differing acts and themes.

"We try to bring to the community what they would get at the performing arts center in Tampa," she said. "And many of the performers tonight are actually from the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center."

Featured at the concert were works of art from the MacDonald Training Center, a school for students with special needs. A silent auction was held during the evening, offering works from local and regional businesses and artists to help raise additional funds.

Although the goal for the evening was to raise funds for scholarships, at it's heart was the intent to celebrate and promote the arts, and for members of Riverside singing as a group was part of the enjoyment.

"We've been together for 10 years," said member Rossana Spallino. "It is like we're a family."

For Tony Garcia, who has worked for many years in the music industry, he explained that the group performs whenever possible.

"Whenever we can perform, and make time to perform, we do it," he said. "It is a great group to work with and we have good chemistry."

Worsham explained that the goal for the group Riverside as well as for the Arts Council of Plant City is to bring high level performances to Plant City.

"I think that the community really appreciates having concerts that are on the level of performing arts centers," Worsham said. "Plant City has sophisticated tastes and we try to live up to the standards that they expect."

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