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  Paper Birds & Howell Devine take the stage this Friday, August 11th!
August 10, 2023

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Paper Birds & Howell Devine take the stage this Friday, August 11th!

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Barrio Manouche performing in July, photo credit: James Whittlesey

Point Richmond Music (PRM's)
 free summer concert series continues this Friday, August 11th with Paper Birds and Howell Devine! PRM, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, produces the series in support of its mission to build community through the unifying language of music. 

Concerts are held on the second Friday of each month, June through September, from 5:30pm to 7:45pm in historic downtown Point Richmond (Park Place between West Richmond and Washington Avenues). 

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 guests are encouraged to bring their own festival/lawn chairs. Please visit for more information.

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Paper Birds

5:30pm - 6:30pm – Paper Birds is a cross-country pop-up band fronted by songwriters Claudia Russell and Katie Dahl. Russell is a veteran of California’s Americana Music scene who has won songwriting honors from Boston to Austin. Two thousand miles inland from Russell’s Bay Area home, Dahl has gained a reputation as one of the Midwest’s best young songwriters, writing keenly literate songs planted deep in the ground of her Wisconsin home. Fold in Dahl’s husband Rich Higdon on bass and percussion and Russell’s husband Bruce Kaplan (on mandolin and guitar), and you have a musical outfit adept in creating music that is at once reflective, quirky, and poignant—and an onstage dynamic that is genuinely warm and lively.

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Howell Devine

6:45pm - 7:45pm – Howell Devine: triple threat talent, Joshua Howell (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and percussion savant, Pete Devine (drums, washboard), plus veteran upright bassist, Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix Delta/Country Blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present-day sound rooted in early blues.

Season Finale on Friday, September 8th:

5:30pm - 6:30pm – Lady Bianca is a gospel and R&B vocalist/pianist, artist, and producer who has evolved into an icon in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is widely known as the “Queen of the Blues and Gospel.” She has performed, recorded and toured the world with Frank Zappa, Sly Stone, Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker as a featured vocalist and background vocal arranger.

6:45pm - 7:45pm – Soji Sai Afrobeat: Original Afrobeat from the San Francisco Bay Area. Adesoji "Soji" Odukogbe hails from Nigeria, and has the distinction of being a member of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's Africa 80 Band in the 1980's as Fela Kuti's Lead Guitarist. Soji & The Afro-Beat 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.” Soji & The Afrobeat Band provides a pure Nigerian dance party.

About Point Richmond Music:
Founded in 2001, 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 foster the development of the next generation of musicians through contributions to local school music programs. This collaborative effort relies on donations of time and money from volunteers and local businesses and organizations. Thank you to our 2023 sponsors to date: Republic ServicesMechanics BankEast Brother BeerInteractive ResourcesPoint Richmond Neighborhood CouncilMSH GroupM.A. Hays and Wicked Code. We also thank Bruce Kaplan and his AI robots for this year's poster design.
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