On May 2, the City of Roswell will kick off the 2015 season of Riverside Sounds, an annual series of six free outdoor concerts held at Riverside Park on the first Saturday of the month from May through October from7:00-9:00 p.m. In July, the concert will be held on the second Saturday due to the 4th of July holiday.
“We are excited to be bringing more original artists back to Riverside Sounds this year,” said Morgan Rodgers, director of Roswell’s Recreation, Parks and Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. “This year we have a great mix of music genres including Latin, blues, folk-rock, pop, rock and funk.”
There will be food trucks at each concert from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and guests are also invited to bring their own picnic. The following are the featured artists for each month:
May 2 – Havana Son – Created by Cuban native Rene Herrera, this world-renowned bandleader brings music to life through his use of piano, vocals, guitar and TRES (Traditional Cuban Stringed Instrument). Llilian Herrera adds her unique vocal style to create an intoxicating cocktail of Latin and American sounds.
June 6 – Royal Southern Brotherhood – An American blues and blues rock band made up of five members that all had impressive careers of their own before joining together to create the Royal Southern Brotherhood.
July 11 – River Whyless – Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, River Whyless puts a hauntingly sweet spin on traditional foundations. English trad-folk sounds are some of the band’s obvious touchstones, putting them in a category similar to contemporaries like Fleet Foxes and Stornoway. River Whyless has been featured on NPR’s World Cafe, Paste Magazine, The Bluegrass Situation, SiriusXM’s The Loft, and more.
August 1 – Adron – Named Best Songwriter of 2012 by the Atlanta-based arts and culture magazine Creative Loafing, Adron has managed to unite audiences from all backgrounds, age groups and subcultures with her universally communicative and infectious music. She playfully blends Brazilian samba, bossa nova and Tropicália with the sincerity and thoughtfulness of singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Harry Nilsson.
September 5 – Monte Montgomery – Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, this talented and charismatic singer started to write and create music in his early years and has since reached the British Charts and toured across Europe. He holds numerous awards, is listed in the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, and was recognized as one of the top reggae artists of all times by Billboard magazine.
October 3 – Get Right Band – The Get Right Band is described as “hip-shaking, earth-quaking pure funk fun” by The Alternate Root magazine and was recognized as Relix Magazine’s “On The Verge” pick. Combining catchy, clever songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, this live show covers everything from funk to rock n’ roll to reggae.
Riverside Sounds concerts are produced by Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. For more information, visit roswellriversidesounds.com or learn more on social media by following #RiversideSounds.