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  Point Richmond Music's Free Summer Series Kicks Off Friday, 6/9
May 31, 2017

From Americana to Zydeco:
Point Richmond Music’s
16th Annual Summer Concert Season
Kicks Off Friday, 6/9

Mark your calendars for the kick off of Point Richmond Music's 16th annual FREE summer concert season! On Friday, June 9th, the summer-long street series begins with two great musical acts with Richmond roots: Tia Carroll & Her Awesome Blues Band (Blues) and Andre Thierry (Zydeco/Accordion Soul). Concerts are held at the corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue in downtown Point Richmond. Our full 2017 line-up is available at

Named Best Outdoor Music Series and an "Absolute Must Do in the East Bay this Summer" by the East Bay Express, the grassroots series has become a favorite Bay Area summer tradition. Concerts feature arts and crafts booths, face-painting for children, opportunity drawings, and dancing in the streets.

Local restaurants offer a wide array of cuisines, and a rotating selection of food trucks will pull up to each concert. Pair fine food with beverages served in reusable and biodegradable cups from PRM’s no host bar, featuring Richmond-made craft beer from sponsors-in-kind East Brother Beer Co. and Benoit Casper Brewing, with proceeds directly supporting the music series.

Friday, June 9, 5:30 - 6:30 PM 
Tia Carroll & Her Awesome Blues Band (Blues)

Famed Biscuits and Blues Club says: "Over the last ten years, Carroll has quietly accumulated one of the most impressive entertainment resumes in the Bay Area and has become one of the most sought-after female singers on the West Coast. Carroll has headlined venues and festivals all over the world with her band and has shared stages with legends Ray Charles, Jimmy McCracklin and Sugar Pie DeSanto. She’s earned a reputation for her sizzling stage show, and always generates a buzz whenever she brings her band to town."


6:45 - 8:00 PM –
Andre Thierry (Zydeco)

Andre is a virtuoso on all the accordion types, single row, double row, triple row and piano key. He effortlessly moves across types to deliver an energetic two-step, hard-driving blues or a blend that is his own alternative Creole sound. Andre also displays talent on bass, guitar and keys, and, thanks to his parents and grandparents, he sings traditional songs in original Creole French. There is widespread agreement that Andre Thierry is an exceptional multi-dimensional musician who has a finely-honed ability to merge his Accordion Soul sounds with blues, r&b, jazz, latin and rock. His musical mastery enables him to create a unique sound for his and future generations while staying true to the past.

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. 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. In addition to producing a free summer concert series, the group is proud to help support year-round music through its sponsorship of the Point Richmond Acoustic and 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. Sixteen years of this collaborative effort have relied on donations of time and money from volunteers and local businesses and organizations.

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors to-date: City of Richmond, Gateway Foundation, Red Oak Opportunity FoundationBridge Storage and ArtspaceSims MetalPoint Richmond Tech Centers 1 & 2Republic Services, Richmond Development Company, Point Richmond Neighborhood Council, Mechanics BankBay Marine BoatworksMSH GroupCalifornia DeliciousM.A. Hays Co.BayView Realty, Atchison Village Credit Union, and Curbside Kitchen. Featuring Richmond-made craft beer from sponsors-in-kind East Brother Beer Co. and Benoit Casper Brewing. A special thank you to sponsor-in-kind Kim Paternoster of WickedCode for designing and maintaining our website, and to Kelly Nicolaisen and Jacinto Castillo of the Mom and Pop Art Shop for designing our poster, t-shirts and banner.

For more information, please visit and

Coming up on July 14th:

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Triple threat talent Joshua Howell (slide guitars, harmonica, voice) and percussion savant Pete Devine (drums, washboard) plus snappy doghouse bassist Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix sinuous Delta/country blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present day sound from the past. HowellDevine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist.  The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago. 

Second Line
6:45 - 8:00 PM

Second Line brings a taste of the bayou to Sonoma County through their blend of Swamp Funk influenced by the Funk, Soul, Blues and Jazz of New Orleans and Southwestern Louisiana. The band has quickly developed a loyal following that thrive on the energy and party vibe that emanates from the stage during every show. Their musical vocabulary spans funk, jazz, blues, and rock from the Crescent City. On any given night, you’ll hear Mardi Gras and New Orleans Funk Classics by The Meters, Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Jon Cleary, Earl King, The Radiators, The Iguanas, Galactic and the inimitable Professor Longhair – plus original music with a spicy Big Easy flair.
Stay tuned for more Point Richmond Music Summer Concerts news.
Thanks for reading!

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