The concert hall, which has created a new outdoor space, opens its season on Thursday, as part of Student Week, and on Saturday.
For more than 25 years, Le Rio, committed to the development of contemporary music, has been a major cultural asset of the department. This association, chaired by Georges Veyre and directed by Patrick Combalbert, is labeled SMAC (Scène de Musiques Actuelles) by the Ministry of Culture, and Structuring Pole by the Region. A must-see venue for dissemination and creation, Le Rio promotes amateur and emerging artists and headliners. Thanks to them, very diverse cultural works are widely distributed throughout the year.
The new artistic & cultural season promises to be rich in emotions. A new outdoor space with beautifully graffiti walls, an optimization of the place, a new schedule of appointments for all, so many new features to celebrate the return of the public.
Between dissemination, artistic education, support, creation, initiation, prevention, several highlights will mark this long-awaited recovery. The Rio works in synergy with other structures and associations within the framework of its “Hors-Les-Murs” actions. This season will always give pride of place to the richness and diversity of the local scene. As part of its missions of accompaniment and support for creation, Le Rio will maintain, as every year, an artistic watch on the territory to discover the artists in research and to offer them a working tool.
Who says new season says new workshops of musical and artistic practice with Music Box, intended for amateur musicians aged 11-18 during school holidays (registration on 05 63 91 19 19) and the Rio Grande choir, with a modern repertoire, which full poster with 50 amateur singers.
The Rio is also and for the third year, cultural actions of artistic education with the Vercingétorix college of Montech (Artistic & Cultural Education Course) and National Education (DSDEN82), ie 1,324 students.
26 concerts before Christmas
Song, blues, rhythm’n’blues, soul, rock, pop, reggae, rap, dub, electro, or even a show for young audiences, the Rio Grande team will welcome national and even international artists such as Asian Dub Foundation (uk), Didier Wampas, Hannah Williams (uk), Furax Barbarossa, Klone, Maikel Dinza (Cuba), Last Train, Georgio, Les Frères Casquette. The pricing policy applied makes all shows accessible.
Hannah Williams headlining Saturday
The first highlight of the 2021-2022 season will take place on Saturday, October 9 at 9 p.m. with Hannah Williams & the affirmations. Soul lovers will undoubtedly appreciate the exceptional voice of English singer Hannah Williams, surrounded by a brilliant backing band from Bristol. In the second part of the evening, make way for La Bedoune, a blues group which, after 10 years of performing for three, has reformatted around the duo Cécile-Greg. They distill less electric music, without a drummer, mixing covers and their own compositions. Tickets at € 14 in presale, € 18 on site. Tomorrow Thursday, as part of Student Week, the Rio is planning a “concert” at 7.15pm with the group Flakes (gritter music). Free admission. During this evening will be awarded the trophies of the student rally. Doors open from 6 p.m.