POINT RICHMOND MUSIC’S SUMMER CONCERT SEASON CONCLUDES IN SEPTEMBER WITH TWO FREE SHOWS!
The Rusty String Express, Dennis Johnson & The Mississippi Ramblers perform on Friday, September 11th
Soji & The Afrobeats, SOL bring the series to a close on Friday, September 25th
POINT RICHMOND, CA—After drawing record crowds to its free grassroots series all summer long, Point Richmond Music's (PRM) 2015 season concludes in September with two free concerts. On Friday, September 11th, The Rusty String Express (Bluegrass) and Dennis Johnson & The Mississippi Ramblers (Slide Guitar) perform. And Friday, September 25th, Soji & The Afrobeats (Nigerian) and SOL (Latin) close the season. Please scroll down for detailed band descriptions.
The two final concerts will be held from 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm, and in addition to great free music, the evenings feature prize drawings, face-painting for children and dancing in the street. Local restaurants are open on concert nights and offer a wide variety of cuisines. Concert-goers can pair fine food with a beverage from Point Richmond Music’s no host bar, with proceeds directly supporting the music series. PRM’s outdoor concert venue is located at the corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue in historic downtown Point Richmond.
Friday, September 11th
The Rusty String Express (Bluegrass) www.facebook.com/therustystringexpress
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Rusty String Express (RSE) celebrates string band traditions of the past while stretching into the unknown, creating original music with unique and familiar flavors. The RSE is an exciting mash up of acoustic excitement, bubbling creativity, and excellent musicianship, with Aaron Balano on dobro, Alison Bailey Streich on violin, Greg Dunn on bass and Morgan Cochneuer on guitar. These four magnetic musicians are masterful wielders of their instruments, and their music ranges from sensitive and soulful interpretations to wild and unexpected music you've never heard before.
Dennis Johnson & the Mississippi Ramblers (Slide Guitar) www.dennisjohnsonslide.com
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Slide guitarist Dennis Johnson is one of the elite slide guitar players performing today. Drawing comparisons to Robert Johnson and Roy Rogers, Dennis Johnson masterfully elevates the art of slide guitar across many genres of music including Blues, New Orleans, Rock, and Swing. Dennis Johnson and his band, The Mississippi Ramblers, deliver stirring live performances that move audiences and get people dancing!
Friday, September 25th
Soji & The Afrobeats (Nigerian) www.sojisoundz.com
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Nigeria’s legendary guitar master and singer Soji Odukogbe was the lead guitarist for the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s groundbreaking Afrobeat band. Odukogbe draws on an extensive background in Nigerian Afrobeat, highlife, and spiritual music, bringing a unique sensibility to his highlife guitar interpretations. His Afrobeat Band features guitars, drums, and horns. He and the band set the dance floor afire with a churning, polyrhythmic style that he simply calls “authentic original Afrobeat like Fela’s type of music, the traditional Afrobeat that nobody does” in a world of endless Afro-fusions.
Sol (Latin) www.solrocks.com
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
SOL's infectious Latin beat warms the souls of all audiences and gets people dancing to the rhythms of Salsa and Funk and Soul. Led by the versatile vocalist Myrna Farias, SOL covers popular songs from Santana to Celia Cruz and Tito Puente to Tower of Power. The high energy band is driven by a hard rocking rhythm section, Latin percussionists, and four horn players. Based in San Francisco, The SOL musicians bring a diverse blend of influences from Latin, Rock and Jazz to create their own unique mix of Latin music for the 21st century.
About Point Richmond Music:
PRM is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit group that celebrates diversity and promotes the arts and community through the universal language of music. The grassroots PRM series brings a wide range of top-notch musicians to the East Bay neighborhood of Point Richmond as a free cultural offering to the community. PRM exists thanks to the support of local businesses and the volunteers who make it happen. For more information, please visit www.pointrichmondmusic.com and www.facebook.com/ptrichmondmusic.
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