Point Richmond Music's 2018 Free Summer Concert Season Kicks Off This Friday, June 8th!
Summer is coming! Maria Muldaur & her Red Hot Bluesiana Band kick off Point Richmond Music's 17th annual free summer concert season this Friday, June 8th, with an evening of high-energy New Orleans blues, rhythm & blues and swamp funk. PRM, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, produces the series in support of its mission to build community through the unifying language of music.
The summer-long street series runs on the second Friday of each month, June through September, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in historic downtown Point Richmond (Park Place between West Richmond and Washington Avenues). In addition to free music, every concert features an opportunity drawing, arts and education booths, and dancing in the streets.
Local restaurants offer a wide array of cuisines, and a rotating selection of food trucks pull up to each concert. Concert-goers can pair fine food with beverages from PRM’s no-host bar, with proceeds directly supporting the music series. Festival-style seating is available with a limited number of chairs provided, and concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own festival/lawn chairs. Please visit www.pointrichmondmusic.org for more information.
PRM concert photo credit: Daud Abdullah
Friday, June 8, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Maria Muldaur & her Red Hot Blueisiana Band
Maria Muldaur is best known worldwide for her 1974 hit Midnight at the Oasis, which received several GRAMMY nominations and enshrined her in the hearts of baby boomers everywhere. But despite her considerable pop music success, her 55-year long career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American roots music.
Friday, July 13
5:30pm - 6:30pm – Consonance
Consonance is a contemporary gospel quartet hailing from Richmond, California, and is a past winner of the Bay Area Blues Society's Best Gospel Group Award.
6:45pm - 8:00pm – Aki Goes to Bollywood
An unprecedented mashup of retro Bollywood music and American blues.
Friday, August 10
5:30pm - 6:30pm – Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, and bandleader. She & the Right Hands latest album, "The Hazel and Alice Sessions” was nominated for the 2017 Best Bluegrass GRAMMY.
6:45pm - 8:00pm – The Mad Maggies
From world rock to ska, Cajun/zydeco to rhythm & blues, klezmer to polka, to the high seas & beyond.
Friday, September 14
5:30pm - 6:30pm – Achilles Wheel
High energy roots and world music/rock and roll band from Northern California.
6:45pm - 8:00pm – Ruckatan Latin Tribe
Rúckatan Latin Tribe is a fusion of Latin and reggae influences, composed of seven players who have contributed to the Latin rock scene in the Bay Area and internationally.
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 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. Seventeen years of this collaborative effort have relied on donations of time and money from volunteers and local businesses and organizations.
The idea to create a concert series in downtown Point Richmond originated from Richmond City Council member and current mayor Tom Butt. He made the suggestion in 2001 to Michele Seville (now the Arts & Culture Manager for the City of Richmond) and several other members of the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission as a way to foster community through music and promote local businesses. A small group began to meet and formed Point Richmond Music. Today the PRM Board is: Andrew Butt, Bryan Delaney, Pam deWitt Delaney, Duane Fitzgerald, Bruce Kaplan, Kimberly Paternoster, Michele Seville, Amy Ukena and Christina Zirker.
Thank you to our 2018 sponsors to date: City of Richmond, ECIA Community Grant Program, Republic Services, Gateway Foundation, Sims Metal Management, Svendsen's Bay Marine, MSH Group, Point Richmond Tech Centers 1 & 2, M.A. Hays Co., Mechanics Bank, the Point Richmond Neighborhood Council, and the Richmond Development Company. A special thank you to sponsor-in-kind Kim Paternoster of WickedCode for designing and maintaining our website. And a huge shout out to our volunteers, we couldn't do it without YOU!
For more information, please visit www.pointrichmondmusic.org and www.facebook.com/ptrichmondmusic.