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Sept. 18: Minnesota Jazz Legends Rio Nodo

Minnesota Music Hall of Fame group will perform at Halling Recital Hall.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 8-9-2016

MANKATO, Minn. – Minnesota Music Hall of Fame group Rio Nido (pictured) will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Vocalist Prudence Johnson teamed up with guitarist/vocalists Tim Sparks and Tom Lieberman in the 1970s to create Rio Nido, one of the Twin Cities’ most popular and enduring vocal jazz ensembles.

After three albums and popular and critical acclaim, the individual members parted ways to forge their own artistic paths.

The three musicians are harmonizing once again, recreating their well-loved repertoire along with new arrangements and compositions.

This is the original incarnation of Rio Nido that recorded “I Like to Riff” in 1978. In an era when the Twin Cities club scene was dominated by blues bands and emerging punk rockers, Rio Nido (the name comes from a historic resort near San Francisco) was part of a retro jazz scene along with the Wolverines Classic Jazz Orchestra that turned young hipsters on to the music of their grandparents.

Concert admission is $12 for community members, $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to

For more information, call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State University system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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