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  Point Richmond Music's Free Summer Series Kicks Off Friday, 6/10
June 2, 2016

Point Richmond Music’s
15th Annual Summer Concert Season
Kicks Off Friday, 6/10

Mark your calendars for the kick off of Point Richmond Music's 15th annual FREE summer concert season! On Friday, June 10th, the summer-long street series begins with Namorados Da Lua (Brazilian) and Johnny Rawls (Blues). Our full 2016 line-up is available at 

Named Best Outdoor Music Series in 2014 and as an "Absolute Must Do in the East Bay this Summer" by the East Bay Express, the grassroots series has become a Bay Area favorite, with every concert drawing hundreds of people to the historic neighborhood of Point Richmond. Concerts begin at 5:30 pm and feature arts and crafts booths, face-painting for children, opportunity drawings, and dancing in the streets. Point Richmond Music's outdoor concerts are held at the corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue.

Local restaurants offer a wide array of cuisines, and, new this year, one or two food trucks will set up shop at each concert. Concert-goers can pair food with beverages from Point Richmond Music's no host bar, with proceeds directly supporting the music series. And we're going green this year, serving drinks in reusable and biodegradable cups. Please visit for more information.

Friday, June 10, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Namorados Da Lua (Brazilian)
Namorados Da Lua (NDL) - translated from Portuguese as "Moon Lovers" - unites Brazilian and North American musicians with a common love of creating positive music with a message.

NDL showcases a beautiful blend of diverse styles, incorporating musical influences from reggae, jazz, pop, rock and funk as well as Brazilian samba, forró, and Axe carnival music.

Their music brings unstoppable driving rhythms, fiery lyrical grooves, harmonious instrumentation and original funk that makes them irresistibly danceable for any audience.

6:45 - 8:00 PM –
Johnny Rawls (Blues)
Veteran soul and blues performer Johnny Rawls was born in Columbia, Mississippi, in 1951 and raised in Purvis and Gulfport, Mississippi.  

He acquired an early interest in music when hearing his grandfather play the blues guitar and began playing professionally while still in high school with such stars as ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex and the Sweet Inspirations. In the mid-70's, Johnny went to work for OV Wright as Wright's band director. After Wright's death in 1980, Johnny led Little Johnny Taylor's band until 1985, when he began touring as a solo artist and made his first solo recording under the Rainbow label.

In 2009 Johnny won Best Soul Blues Album of the Year from the Blues Foundation. In addition, Johnny was honored with a Blues Trail Marker located at the original site of the Hi Hat Club in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He shares the plaque with soul blues legends Tyrone Davis and Little Milton. (Photo credit: Carl Abernathy).

About Point Richmond Music:
Point Richmond Music (PRM) is a 501c3 nonprofit public benefit organization that 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. 

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors to-date: City of Richmond, Red Oak Opportunity Foundation, Republic Services, Sims Metal, Auto Warehousing, Bay Marine Boatworks, Bridge Space, MSH Group, California Delicious, the Knox Family, Nutiva, Richmond Development Company, and Feagley Realtors. A special thanks to Lawrence McKendall for designing our banner, posters and T-shirts.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation or volunteering your time to keep the music going! 

For more information, please visit and

Coming up on July 8th:

MJ's Brass Boppers
5:30 - 6:30 PM

The Bay Area’s only New Orleans style brass band with musicians born and raised in NOLA, San Francisco based MJ’s Brass Boppers is a singing and swinging brass-line ready to party at a drop of a dime. Within seconds of hearing MJ’s Brass Boppers you can tell that this is not a group that happens to play a few New Orleans tunes, but rather a band that lives the music, with the second-line beat pulsing through their veins.

Zydeco Flames
6:45 - 8:30 PM

The Zydeco Flames have gained a reputation as the West Coast's premier Zydeco band. The Flames consistently pack the house in venues ranging from contemporary clubs to major festivals and traditional dancehalls. Their sizzling roots rhythms are timeless and the execution of them relentless, with a stunningly powerful groove. The Flames' provide fans with hot Zydeco in the tradition of masters like Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco and Queen Ida.

Stay tuned for more Point RIchmond Music Summer Concerts news.
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