The seventh annual American River Music Festival presents a talented line-up for fans to enjoy during the three-day celebration of music and moving water.
The festival is Sept. 13, 14 and 15 on the banks of the picturesque South Fork of the American River in the heart of Gold Country in the Coloma-Lotus Valley.
The main stage is located at the beautiful 18 acre, riverfront Henningsen-Lotus Park, 950 Lotus Road in Lotus.
Main stage live music is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (see schedule), with free parking within easy walking distance. There will be freshly prepared food along with local wines and brews, great kids activities, an art market, live art, surprise tweeners, drum circles and a merchandise store.
For more information e-mail [email protected] or call (530) 622-6044.
American River Music Festival performing artists
David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience is one of the best-kept secrets of the Bay Area music scene and includes Keith Little on banjo, Jim Nunally on guitar, Chad Manning on fiddle and Samson Grisman on bass.
For nearly 40 years, mandolinist/composer David Grisman has been busy creating “dawg” music, a blend of many stylistic influences (including swing, bluegrass, Latin, jazz and gypsy) so unique he gave it its own name. In doing so, Grisman has inspired a whole new genre of acoustic string instrumental music with style and virtuosity while creating a unique niche for himself in the world of contemporary music.
Dubbed “The Paganini of the Mandolin” by the New York Times, Grisman has been praised for his mastery of the instrument as well as his varied talents as a composer, bandleader, teacher and record producer.
Paul Thorn has been wowing crowds for years with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern, yet also speaking universal truths. The Mississippi native worked in a furniture factory, jumped out of airplanes, and was a professional boxer before sharing his experiences to the world as a singer-songwriter. “Pimps & Preachers,” his ninth record topped the Americana charts for three weeks and broke into the Billboard Top 100. His 2012 release, “What the Hell’s Goin’ On,” came in at No. 2 on the top 100 roots rock records by the Roots Music Report.
His hometown SF Weekly has raved, “Take him anywhere, play him for anyone, and the response is always the same: People want more. They’ll write down the name if they don’t know it already … an impressive treat in your pocket. Hayes’ music succeeds on the tension between warm, resonant soul and dirt-road folk, all laced with a wandering troubadour’s coo … the danceable folk singer … Hayes gets his groove on, laying his buttery, quavering voice over swinging drum patterns, mellifluous piano, and funky horn parts … what sets him apart is his voice — a wounded, wavering tone that sounds like a fragile creature, very crushable.”
Hot Buttered Rum
“Stunning instrumental and vocal virtuosity.” — Relix Magazine
Hot Buttered Rum lives for a good time. The group’s onstage chemistry fuels the lovefest that is a live HBR show. A mindful recklessness settles in whenever these five guys step out of their front doors in northern California to entertain crowds from Anchorage to Miami.
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard’s amazing new album, “The Grifter’s Hymnal,” landed at No. 6 on the Top 100 Roots Country Albums of 2012 by Roots Music Report.
Whether you’re short on time due to an impending apocalypse or simply need a tidy introduction to bring you up to speed, the opening track on “The Grifter’s Hymnal,” “Coricidin Bottle,” tells you everything you need to know in just under two minutes. And what it tells you about Ray Wylie Hubbard is, he’s the kind scrapper poet with the devil-may-care wherewithal to “lay down a groove like a monkey gettin’ off” and “shakes the mortal coil round my amaranthine soul” into the same song, and have the lethal charm and chops to pull it off.
New Monsoon represents the best of the San Francisco jam scene. Formed during the El Nino rains of Northern California in the late ’90s, this band has distilled its original sound with top-flight musicianship, tireless live performing and a thoroughly open-minded musical perspective. NM’s unique style blends free-flying rock with acoustic stylings, tight vocal harmonies and lyrical songcraft. With a fearless pioneering spirit, it has become one of the most cutting edge bands on the scene today.
Poor Man’s Poison
From the heartland of California, these four life-long friends and band mates bring their combined passion for music to the stage. With a powerful combination of toe tapping acoustics and smooth, spellbinding harmonies, the group artfully weaves its view of life’s experiences into witty and meaningful lyrical journeys. The members of Poor Man’s Poison discovered early on that just being themselves is best. The result is pure, honest music impossible to forget.
PMP was invited to Nashville for the 2013 finals of the 35th Texaco Country Showdown where it competed with other regional finalists and WON. PMP took the grand prize of $100,000 and the coveted title, “Best New Act in Country Music.” Each year more than 50,000 artists compete throughout the U.S with past winners including Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Neal McCoy, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley and Billy Ray Cyrus.
Dead Winter Carpenters
Dead Winter Carpenters was named Tahoe’s “Band of the Year” and “Best Local Band.” Hailing from North Lake Tahoe, Dead Winter Carpenters represents everything the American west stands for. With an unbridled spirit and an authentic approach to the art of songwriting, the five-piece roots-rock band captures the freedom of the road with the kind of energy that is made of legends.
Fusing world, funk, folk and jam rock into a high-energy performance, Green’s music has a strong universal appeal. This amazing musician makes use of vocals, guitar (6 and 12 string), lap slide, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, didgeridoo, stompbox and harmonica.
“A musical breath of fresh air …” — Richard Wellenreiter, Cole Clark Guitars
Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally
“Robinson’s voice is so pure and her personality and singing is an outpouring of joy that’s infectious. Nunally’s guitar picking validates all the picking awards he has won. He is absolutely one of the best guitar pickers on the planet. He makes the guitar strings dance. Together they were absolutely fantastic.” — Bucky Jackson, Magic Circle Theater
Evie Ladin Band
The polyrhythmic funk of Evie Ladin’s clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance — have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, the Evie Ladin Band (Evie Ladin, Keith Terry, Erik Pearson) throws down a new folk music with an unusually creative and surprising live show.
Willie Ames has independently toured all 50 United States, Canada and Australia as a singer/songwriter/guitar and banjo player performing original songs of acoustic/folk/rock music. He’s now become a four-time award winner/performer in the LA (2), eWorld (1), and Phoenix Music Awards 2010-11. His latest nomination was for Best Folk/Acoustic Artist in the Artists In Music Awards 2013.
Melody Walker with Jacob Groopman
“Walker is Gillian Welch on Prozac. The music is shot through with joyful diversity, fresh original songs and an attitude that is unafraid to try something new on every track. “Gold Rush Goddess” is easily one of the strongest Americana releases of 2012.” — Turnstyled Junkpiled
Gold Rush Goddess was named as one of No Depression’s top 50 Americana records of 2012.
Spark and Whisper
Modern Folk. Original Voices. True Stories. An indie-folk band led by singer-songwriters/muliti-instrumentalists Velvy Appleton and Anita Sandwina, Spark and Whisper explore the rich territory of the modern American experience — daily encounters and travails with technology and tradition, love and money, the natural world and our place within it.
Achilles Wheel Duo
Paul Kamm and Jonny Mojo are the dynamic frontmen to the RokJamBlu Achilles Wheel. As an acoustic duo they bring their same high energy and engaging stage presence to a quieter place combining a bit of country and bluegrass to the band’s famously hard-driving sound. But it’s the infectious quality of their songwriting that really shines in this setting pushing each other to find the most of any song they are playing.
Poor Old Shine
From its handpainted cereal box cd cases to its thoughtful arrangements, Poor Old Shine, a Roots/Americana band from Storrs, Conn. is about honesty and hand crafted creativity. It’s foot stomping, mind racing, dirty, down home Americana. The band travels with an assortment of instruments including guitars, banjos, pump organ, mandolin, string bass, musical saw, washboard and a yard-sale-scrap-metal drum set. It’s old songs with a new feel, banjos with paint peeled, shoes with holes and treadless soles, and music that is real.
McCoy Tyler Band
You can call it alt. country, you can call it modern folk — but no matter what label you put on it, in the current climate of popular music The McCoy Tyler Band’s songs are refreshingly lucid, rootsy, and downright danceable.
The Rayburn Brothers Band, with its rough-hewn folk-rock sound, is comprised of gifted singer songwriter Craig Rayburn, a well-seasoned musician with a powerful voice and lyrics, and brother Keith Rayburn, also a talented singer songwriter, who brings his stellar dobro and slide guitar playing to the mix. The Rayburn Brothers voices blend and intertwine as only brothers can, with graceful harmonies and poignant singing. Deftly combining acoustic and electric instruments, the group plays songs ranging from heart-rending ballads to foot stomping rockers.