Monte Rio Variety Show goes online only this summer due to coronavirus pandemic

After 108 years of live annual performances, the Monte Rio Variety Show is going online only next month, due con during our show week, July 16-23. We have some angels on the production and entertainment side that will be producing a video to introduce our online auction and provide some memories, testimonials and some performances.”

The virtual version of the show will be available at

Timed to run during the annual Bohemian Grove encampment, also canceled this year, the variety show serves as a fundraiser for several local charities. Attendance last year was approximately 2,000.

Past performers at the event in Monte Rio’s outdoor amphitheater included singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, country star Kix Brooks and blues artist Elvin Bishop.

Despite the historic interruption this year, McDonell remained upbeat.

“Everyone is adjusting to our changed environment and we are still rockin’ on the river, just a bit different for 2020,” she said.

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