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Dust off your lawn chairs and your picnic gear and come to Historic Downtown Mount Vernon for some memorable summer evenings! Imagine an informal crowd relaxing along the riverfront, listening and dancing to live music set against the backdrop of the Skagit River in the foreground, and a beautiful sunset in the background.
The City of Mount Vernon and the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the 2017 Riverwalk Summer Concert Series. The concerts will be held every Thursday night beginning July 13 through August 31 on the Mount Vernon Riverwalk Plaza. The two hour concerts will begin at 6pm and feature a mix of family-friendly local and regional artists.
The Riverwalk Summer Concert Series is free thanks to sponsors Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. – Tyee Capital Management, Shell Puget Sound Refinery, the Mount Vernon Downtown Association, and the Mount Vernon Marketing Consortium. From foot-tapping blues, to old-time rock and roll music, the Riverwalk Concerts will be a great way to start to wind down your week or jump -start a fun-filled weekend. Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket, a picnic, and the whole family.
“Public access to the waterfront is an important goal of our city,” notes Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau. “We recognized that family friendly free concerts are a great opportunity to connect the community to the waterfront and our historic downtown!” Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Andy Mayer noted “This signature event for the Chamber of Commerce will be an opportunity for the business and arts community to join together to celebrate the fantastic community that is Mount Vernon.”
This event highlights an expansive venue, the Mount Vernon Riverwalk, a $12 million flood control and economic development project that has been almost 10 years in the making.
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July 13: Chris Eger Band and the Powerhouse Horns
Very few musicians are said to be extraordinary examples of excellence in any one genre of music. Even fewer can be called exceptional across multiple. When considering Chris Eger fits into the latter category as both a guitarist AND vocalist, it is no doubt an especially rare gift. From Rock and Blues, to Country, Funk and Soul, The Chris Eger Band is: REAL. AMERICAN. MUSIC.
July 20: Mojo Cannon & The 13th Street Horns
Mojo Cannon (formerly known as the Curtis Hammond Band) is a high energy 10 member R&B band from the Seattle area and was a Washington Blues Society “best band” nominee in 2008 and 2013. The band features Bob Virkelyst and Jana Swenson on lead vocals, Steve Raible on lead guitar, a talented and soulful rhythm section consisting of Jim Brandt on bass, rhythm guitarist Mark Strom, drummer Steve Thompson, and Roberrt Barbarus on keyboards, along with a stellar three piece horn section (affectionately called the 13 St. Horns) including David Bernhardt on trumpet, John Coffey on tenor and baritone saxes, and Craig “T-Bone” Daly on trombone.
July 27: Stacy Jones Band
“Seattle-based country-folk-Americana singer-songwriter Stacy Jones is a vocal powerhouse and talented musician who plays acoustic guitar, ukulele, harmonica, piano, organ, and electric slide. She has performed at South by Southwest, the Chicago Blues Festival and other national and regional festivals, and has been nominated for “Best of the Blues” awards in songwriting, performance, harmonica, guitar, and winning vocalist of the year. Sue Menhart, Sound Waves (Apr 02, 2015)
August 3: The Walrus
The band’s vocally rich and intricate arrangements include songs by the Beatles, Queen, the Jackson 5, the B-52s, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, The Police, Roy Orbison, Jefferson Airplane, Heart, The Trammps, CSNY, Talking Heads, Aretha Franklin, and many others
The Walrus is made up of five seasoned professionals who care about making every event and performance fun, smooth and enjoyable for all. All band members sing, enabling the band to perform songs most cover bands would never think of even trying, such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
August 10: The Naughty Blokes
Thea Hart of “What’s Up” Magazine says in her review “The Naughty Blokes boldly rocked through fun toe-tapping tunes, sweet riffs and smooth progressions galore in their energetic and well arranged set. The group easily caught the ear and the interest of every one present. They brought well balanced brit rock featuring confident and clear guitar work and ear catching vocals. This is the kind of music you turn up when you hear it on the radio.”
The Blokes’ blend of catchy tunes, soulful vocals, soaring guitar hooks and a strong rhythm section, along with a fun stage presence.
August 17: Whiskey Fever
About 15 years ago in a sleepy, backwater town tucked into the foothills of the Pacific Northwest, 11 year-old Jack Mattingly had an epiphany… he would be a musician. Inspired by the members of a rock band brought in as part of “career day” at Jack’s school, he began his journey.
Today, Whiskey Fever is the realization of that goal. A Rock/Acoustic/Hillbilly quartet that include, not only the former fourth grader who found is calling in music, but in a unique twist of fate, one of the original members of the band that inspired him to follow his dream.
Jack’s songwriting and story-telling is the perfect blend of heart, smarts, and humor. His musicianship, whether on guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica or even washboard is confident and clean. Combined with the mellow undertones of the bluegrass, rock, and folk that inspired him along the way, the music is compelling, honest, and most of all, engaging.
August 24: Polecat
Formed in Bellingham, Washington in Spring 2010, Polecat has traveled all over Northwest U.S., performing over 400 shows in four years. Their unique instrumentation enables them to seamlessly blend genres including bluegrass, country, celtic, rock, reggae, and world music into their sound. The general appeal of Polecat comes from their unique take on roots music and their interactive and high energy live shows.
August 31: Johnny Bulldog
Johnny Bulldog is comprised of four seasoned musicians that perform as an acoustic act featuring the music of The Beatles. In the second set, when dancing is called for, they plug in and rock with tunes from Creedence, Wilson Picket and other legends. They draw crowds wherever they go.
Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mount Vernon
Andy Mayer, MVCOC, email@example.com, (360) 428-8547