Rollin’ on the river

The G.E.D. Records soul showcase takes the stage as the third installment of this year’s RiverMusic series, created by environmental nonprofit RiverLink. This is the second year for the event, held one Friday a month from May through September, and already it’s grown from 2012.

“Last year we had rain on three out of five Fridays,” says Dave Russell, RiverLink’s director of volunteer services. The weather has cooperated for this year’s first two concerts (headlined by stephaniesid in May and The David Mayfield Parade in June). Local event management and concert booking company Heira Productions has been lining up the performers.

Russell also points out that RiverMusic is a family event where “a lot of people bring children to hang out by the river.” There’s live music, of course, but also food trucks and drinks vendors. And, to make the whole deal more accessible, RiverLink has teamed up with Gray Line Trolley to provide free shuttles between downtown, Glen Rock Depot and the RiverMusic site.

Part of RiverLink’s mission is to create stewardship of the French Broad River, starting with attracting the local community to its banks. Looking for more riparian entertainment? RiverLink holds its 14th annual RiverFest on Saturday, Aug. 10 (The Swayback Sisters headline). RiverMusic returns on Friday, Aug. 23 (with Town Mountain, The 23 String Band and The Flowers) and on Friday, Sept. 13 (with The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown and Bubonik Funk).

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— A.M.

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