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  Pt. Richmond Music's Summer Series Concludes with Two Free Concerts, 9/11 & 9/25!
September 2, 2015

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Point Richmond Music's Summer Concert Series Concludes in September with TWO Free Concerts! 

Friday, 9/11: The Rusty String Express 
and Dennis Johnson & The Mississippi Ramblers

Friday, 9/25: Soji & The Afrobeats and SOL

It has been a fantastic summer of free music in the Point! If you haven't made it to a concert yet, there's still time; our 2015 season concludes in September with not one but 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) bring the season to a close. Please scroll down for more about the musicians.

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 11, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
The Rusty String Express (Bluegrass)
The Rusty String Express 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. Best of all are the original tunes coming out of this creative quartet. RSE consist of Aaron Balano on dobro, Alison Bailey Streich on violin, Greg Dunn on bass and Morgan Cochneuer on guitar. These four magnetic musicians run the gamut with their playing, and all are masterful wielders of their instruments. Their music ranges from sensitive and soulful interpretations, to wild and unexpected music you've never heard before.

6:45 - 7:45 PM –
Dennis Johnson & The Mississippi Ramblers (Slide Guitar)
Slide guitarist Dennis Johnson is one of the elite slide guitar players performing today. Drawing comparisons to slide guitarists 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. Johnson and his band, The Mississippi Ramblers, deliver stirring live performances that move audiences and get people dancing!

About Point Richmond Music:
Point Richmond Music (PRM) provides free outdoor summer concerts as a way to build community through the unifying language of music. The all-volunteer committee celebrates diversity and promotes the arts. PRM concerts provide a gathering place for people of all ages, ethnicities, and walks of life by featuring musical talent from Richmond, the Bay Area and beyond. PRM exists thanks to the support of local businesses and the volunteers who make it happen. 

In addition to producing its free summer concert series, the group is proud to help support year-round music in Point Richmond through its sponsorship of the Point Richmond Acoustic series and the Point Richmond Jazz series, which run October through May at the First United Methodist Church, and to foster the development of the next generation of musicians through contributions to Washington Elementary School’s music program. Fourteen years of this collaborative effort have been made possible through donations of time and money from local businesses and volunteers. We are grateful to our 2015 sponsors: Sims Metal, Point Richmond Gateway Foundation, Bridge Storage & Art SpaceMSH GroupLet's Grow RichmondCity of Richmond, Richmond Sanitary/Republic Services, and California Delicious to date. If you're interested in becoming a PRM sponsor or volunteer, please email us at Special thanks to Jim DeWitt for providing artwork and to Jay Daniel of Black Cat Studio for designing our posters and t-shirt.

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Our Season Closers on September 25th:

Soji & The Afrobeats

Friday, September 25, 5:30 - 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.


Friday, September 25, 6:45 - 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.

Visit for a whole new season of acoustic music shows this fall
at the First United Methodist Church of Point Richmond. Thanks for reading!

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