RiverLink’s RiverMUSIC continues on Friday, July 13

Here’s the press release from RiverLink:

ASHEVILLE, NC – With the first installment of the RiverMUSIC series of concerts by the French Broad River a rousing success, RiverLink is excited to announce that the second event – an evening of bluegrass — will take place on Friday, July 13 at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza (144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District). Parking lots will open at 4:30 p.m. and the venue opens at 5:00. Bobby Miller and the Virginia Daredevils start the music at 6:00, followed by headliner Sanctum Sully at 8:00.

Sanctum Sully’s music has been described as “traditionally untraditional.” Featuring a lineup of Matt Blue (bass/vocals), Jay Franck (mandolin/vocals), Win Webster (guitar/vocals), Matt Mommsen (guitar/vocals) and Bill Turner on banjo, the band recently released their first album, “Trade Winds.” More information, including samples of their music, can be found at their Web site: http://www.sanctumsully.com.

In addition to the great lineup of music, New Belgium Brewing and Skyland Distributing will bring beer, and there will be foodtrucks to feed the crowd. Power for the stage will be provided by Sundance Power Systems, Inc., and Asheville on Bikes will provide a bike corral.

The concert is the second of five RiverLink is hosting beside the river this summer. Inspired by a grant from the Chaddick Foundation, RiverMUSIC is also sponsored by Pisgah Investments, Sundance Power Systems, Asheville on Bikes, Ed Holmes Survey, 98.1 The River, Blue Ridge Bio Fuels and Phil Mechanic Artist Studios.

Future RiverMUSIC events includes an evening with The 42nd Street Jazz Band on Friday, August 3; Sirius B. with special guests The Blood Gyspies on Friday, August 24; and local favorites Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band with special guests The Fritz on Friday, Sept. 14.

Attendees are encouraged to leave their cars at home and get to the concerts via alternative modes of transportation. Asheville on Bikes will provide a bike corral for stowing bicycles. There is also a paddle-up option. Paddlers can easily float to the concerts or to nearby Jean Webb Park, a takeout point beneath the RiverLink Bridge, where they can lock their boats and walk to the concerts.

RiverLink is the regional non-profit working to revitalize the French Broad River and its tributaries as a place for everyone to live, work and play. This spring, New Belgium Brewing announced the opening of a new $175 million brewing operation in the River District of Asheville – from Craven Street to Haywood Road — located right across the river from the concert venue.

RiverLink will be recruiting volunteers to do everything from sorting recycling to parking cars to pouring beer. Contact RiverLink’s Dave Russell for more information — 252-8474, ext. 11 or dave@riverlink.org — about the series or about volunteering. For more information, including a map,
go to www.riverlink.org.

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