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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 2018 Riverwalk Summer Concert Series. The concerts will be held every Thursday night beginning July 12 through August 30 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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Riverwalk Summer Concert Series 2018
July 12: The Fabulous Roof Shakers
The Fabulous Roof Shakers are composed of veteran musicians from Seattle, Queens, Detroit, and San Francisco. FRS has been performing Vintage East Coast Rhythm and Blues to enthusiastic crowds in and around the Puget Sound area and beyond since 2006. FRS features a solid rhythm section, gritty vocals, wailing blues harmonica, soulful sax and smokin’ guitar.
July 19: Janie Cribbs and the T.Rust Band
Powerhouse vocals laced with gorgeous gritty guitar featuring original soulful songs, combining stories and blues-drenched licks all laid down with irresistible rhythms and melodies, with threads from Janie’s Irish Folk and Celtic past.
July 26: 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.
August 2: Knut Bell and The 360’s
Knut Bell and The 360’s preserve the authenticity of Americana Music with originals and ‘not-so well-known’ traditional covers. The 360’s are composed of home-grown local ‘talenteers’ Dean Patrick Luce (Lead Guitar), Peter Bridgman (Doghouse Bass) and Bellinghamite Tom Forster (Drums). Always a FUN time for All Ages.
August 9: The Atlantics
The Atlantics are a group of experienced musicians who enjoy what they do but take their music seriously. They know just what to do to make a good thing happen. Carrying on the tradition of great Northwest dance bands, they offer some of the best, most infectious popular dance music of the last 50 years.
August 16: Soulfunktion
Soulfunktion specializes in getting people entertained and in a dancing mood, providing a memorable live music experience that will have you buzzing for days. They offer a mix of tunes from classic to contemporary that cover many different genres allowing them to appeal to a wide audience.
August 23: Bobby Holland and the Breadline
Bobby Holland and the Breadline bring their trademark “rockin’ blues with a side of twang” featuring 4 part harmonies and first rate original material from the songwriting team of guitarist, Bobby Holland, bassist, Rick Star, and drummer, Gary Porter. The band also features the talents of 2 time World Harmonica champion, Washington Blues Society Hall of Famer and multiple BB Award winner, Jim McLaughlin.
August 30: The Sky Colony
Born in 2012 of two guitar players and a drummer meandering about the earth, but raised in the Pacific Northwest. After their separate adventures, they found each other based on their love for Fleet Foxes and Iron and Wine, the Allman Brothers and Neil Young. Spread down the west coast at the beginning, the first original recordings were made in 2011. Immediately the homeward journey ensued to establish something steadfast and capable of progress.
Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mount Vernon
Andy Mayer, MVCOC, firstname.lastname@example.org, (360) 428-8547