Jun 6, 2016
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The 15th Annual Point Richmond Music free summer concert season begins this Friday, with performances by Namorados Da Lua (Brazilian) and Johnny Rawls (Blues).

The full 2016 line-up is available here.

Concerts, which occur at the corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue, begin at 5:30 p.m. and feature arts and crafts booths, face-painting, opportunity drawings, and dancing in the streets.

Along with the great food offer by local businesses, this year one or two food trucks will set up shop at concerts.

Point Richmond Music will have a no-host bar, with proceeds directly supporting the free music series.

“And we’re going green this year, serving drinks in reusable and biodegradable cups,”  a Point Richmond Music statement said.

Visit www.pointrichmondmusic.org for more information. Photo above courtesy of the Point Richmond Music Facebook page.

Below is information about the artists scheduled to perform this Friday. All of the following information was provided by Point Richmond Music, aside from the videos, which we found on YouTube:

Friday, June 10, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Namorados Da Lua (Brazilian)

Namorados Da Lua (NDL) – translated from Portuguese as “Moon Lovers” – unites Brazilian and North American musicians with a common love of creating positive music with a message.

NDL showcases a beautiful blend of diverse styles, incorporating musical influences from reggae, jazz, pop, rock and funk as well as Brazilian samba, forró, and Axe carnival music.

Their music brings unstoppable driving rhythms, fiery lyrical grooves, harmonious instrumentation and original funk that makes them irresistibly danceable for any audience.

6:45 – 8:00 PM –
Johnny Rawls (Blues)

Veteran soul and blues performer Johnny Rawls was born in Columbia, Mississippi, in 1951 and raised in Purvis and Gulfport, Mississippi.

He acquired an early interest in music when hearing his grandfather play the blues guitar and began playing professionally while still in high school with such stars as ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex and the Sweet Inspirations. In the mid-70’s, Johnny went to work for OV Wright as Wright’s band director. After Wright’s death in 1980, Johnny led Little Johnny Taylor’s band until 1985, when he began touring as a solo artist and made his first solo recording under the Rainbow label.

In 2009 Johnny won Best Soul Blues Album of the Year from the Blues Foundation. In addition, Johnny was honored with a Blues Trail Marker located at the original site of the Hi Hat Club in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He shares the plaque with soul blues legends Tyrone Davis and Little Milton. (Photo credit: Carl Abernathy).

Point Richmond Music (PRM) is a nonprofit that provides free outdoor summer concerts as a way to build community through the unifying language of music. The all-volunteer committee celebrates diversity and promotes the arts. PRM concerts provide a gathering place for people of all ages, ethnicities, and walks of life by featuring musical talent from Richmond, the Bay Area and beyond. PRM exists thanks to the support of local businesses and the volunteers who make it happen.

2016 sponsors thus far include: City of Richmond, Red Oak Opportunity Foundation, Republic Services, Sims Metal, Auto Warehousing, Bay Marine BoatworksBridge Space, MSH Group, California Delicious,the Knox Family, Nutiva, Richmond Development Company, and Feagley Realtors.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation or volunteering your time to keep the music going! Special thanks to Lawrence McKendall for designing our posters, t-shirts and banner.

For more information, please visit www.pointrichmondmusic.org and www.facebook.com/ptrichmondmusic.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.