Our 2019 Free Summer Concert Season
Kicks Off June 14th!
Our annual summer-long series begins next Friday, June 14th with Gator Nation (Cajun/zydeco/New Orleans R&B) and Pascal Bokar’s Afro Blue Grazz (blending West African rhythms, melodies and percussion with bluegrass, jazz, R&B and gospel). The 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 food trucks, face-painting, an opportunity drawing, Friends of the Richmond Public Library book sale, and dancing in the streets.
Local restaurants offer a wide array of cuisines, and 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. PRM, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, produces the series in support of its mission to build community through the unifying language of music. Please visit www.pointrichmondmusic.org for more information.
Friday, June 14, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Gator Nation, formerly known as Gator Beat, the West Coast’s premiere Cajun, zydeco, and New Orleans R&B band, is a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, high energy concert and dance band
6:45pm - 8:00pm – Pascal Bokar's Afro Blue Grazz Band
Afro Blue Grazz is the brainchild of composer, guitarist and vocalist Pascal Bokar. His music is an innovative fusion drawing from multiple traditional musical styles: West African rhythms, melodies and percussion fused with bluegrass, jazz, R&B and gospel.
Friday, July 12
5:30pm - 6:30pm – Dirty Cello
Dirty Cello delivers a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before, from down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass
6:45pm - 8:00pm – Deep Blue Jam
Mandolin based Americana/rock/roots Jam Band, featuring songwriters Lorin Rowan (lead vocals, mandolin, guitar) and guitarist/producer/arranger, Kirk Casey (lead guitar, keyboards, sound design and vocals). Lorin’s recording and performances include a long history with his brothers Peter & Chris as well as with such iconic and diverse musicians as Vince Herman & Leftover Salmon, Steve Miller, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Levon Helm, David Grisman, Bill Kreutzman, Jim Keltner, and Steve Cropper
Friday, August 9
5:30pm - 6:30pm – Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora
Known for his wry/rye-to-romantic songwriting, agile guitar style and expressive singing, Little Village recording artist Maurice Tani uses the term “Supercalifornographic” to describe his particular flavor of Americana. While rooted in country music, his writing is centered on an urban-western perspective.
6:45pm - 8:00pm – Pellejo Seco
One of the most inventive Cuban bands in the Bay Area, Pellejo Seco draws on Afro-Cuban folklore and the latest Havana dance music. The name Pellejo Seco is partly a tribute to the hard lives of farmworkers and their sun-scorched skin, and it’s also Havana street slang.
Friday, September 13
5:30pm - 6:30pm – Matt Jaffee
Matt Jaffee is a singer/songwriter from San Francisco. Cutting his teeth on open mics around the Bay Area, Matt started pursuing music more seriously when Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads offered to produce his first record. Matt has opened for Mavis Staples, Wilco, and Blues Traveler, and co-written with the likes of Chuck Prophet and Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T's.
6:45pm - 8:00pm – Extra Large
Voted Best Local Band in Santa Cruz County nine times running, Extra Large splices together funk, Latin, reggae, and classic California rock. This veteran six-piece ensemble has become a California coast staple adept at heating up dance floors, concert stages, and festivals with their original dance music.
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 Jazz series, which runs 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. Eighteen 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 2019 sponsors to date: City of Richmond ECIA Grant Program, Gateway Foundation, Wareham Development, Republic Services, Svendsen's Bay Marine, MSH Group, Mechanics Bank, Point Richmond Neighborhood Council, Richmond Development Company, Feagley Realtors, Sims Metal Management, M.A Hays & Co., Golden Gate Meat Company, and Atchison Village Credit Union. We are grateful to our beer sponsors Lagunitas Brewing Company and East Brother Beer Co., and to 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.