Rio Nido is Live on the Drive!

The annual Northside summer concert series Live on the Drive returns for its ninth year. Jazz trio Rio Nido, kicks off the concert series on Thursday, June 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. (Rain date June 30). This will be the first of three concerts held outdoors this summer on the scenic Victory Memorial Drive at 34th Avenue North, one of the most beautiful concert settings in the city.

Rio Nido is one of the Twin Cities’ most beloved vocal groups. The original trio of Tim Sparks, Prudence Johnson and Tom Lieberman established themselves as ace performers, playing classic jazz from the 1930s and ’40s at the hottest spots in Minneapolis between 1972 and 1986. Each member eventually moved on to enjoy successful solo careers. The group has come back together for a handful of reunion shows including Live on the Drive.


Come with an appetite and enjoy dinner from food vendors Mama Donato’s Woodfired Pizza and Sandy’s, and treat yourself with gelato from Nona Rosa’s. Stay into the evening for a movie in the park, featuring family film Up at dusk right at the Live on the Drive concert site. Our “green” events feature recycling and composting, diverting 93 percent of materials out of the waste stream last year. Be sure to invite your neighbors and bring your friends to this family-friendly, all-ages event!

Live on the Drive is presented the Cleveland Neighborhood Association with our founding partner, North Memorial, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Victory Neighborhood Association, KBEM 88 FM, City of Minneapolis, Camden Lions, Insight News, KFAI Radio, 89.9 KMOJ, Healy Creative, NorthNews, Victory Neighborhood Association and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. This activity is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Live on the Drive brings people together from across the Northside and throughout the greater Twin Cities to hear extraordinary music and to celebrate summer, good health and Northside city living. For info call 612-588-1155 or visit