You know that summer is just around the corner when the dates and lineups of the popular Point Richmond Music (PRM) free concert series are released.
That’s what happened Wednesday, when PRM announced the first date of outdoor concerts in Point Richmond’s historic square will be June 8. The free concerts that invite dancing in the streets and delicious foods and activities will occur on the second Friday of each month, June through September, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Park Place between West Richmond and Washington Avenues.
This is just how popular the 17th annual concert series has become: Over 100 bands submitted applications to perform at PRM this summer, according to Christina Zirker, a PRM board member.
“It was tough to choose amongst all of the great music, but we think this will be one of our best summers yet,” Zirker said.
Maria Muldaur & her Red Hot Bluesiana Band are set to kick off the season on June 8, bringing high-energy New Orleans blues, rhythm & blues and swamp funk to Point Richmond.
See the full lineup of summer concerts below.
Along with free music, every concert features an opportunity drawing, arts and education booths, face-painting for children and dancing in the streets. Attendees can grab a bite at local restaurants as well as a rotating selection of food trucks.
Also, concertgoers are encouraged to purchase beverages from biodegradable cups at PRM’s no-host bar, with proceeds directly supporting the music series. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own festival and lawn chairs, although limited festival-style seating will be available.
“Our annual grassroots series has grown into a favorite Bay Area summer tradition since we started out in 2001,” said Michele Seville, Arts and Culture Manager for the City of Richmond and a PRM board member. “Concerts bring folks to downtown Point Richmond each summer to listen to music and experience the rich range of musical diversity that Richmond has to offer. What makes us most proud is bringing the community together in celebration of the arts.”
Visit www.pointrichmondmusic.org for more information.
Friday, June 8
Maria Muldaur & her Red Hot Blueisiana Band
Maria Muldaur is best known worldwide for her 1974 hit Midnight at the Oasis, which received several GRAMMY nominations and enshrined her in the hearts of baby boomers everywhere. But in addition to her considerable pop music success, her 55-year long career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American roots music.
Friday, July 13
5:30pm – 6:30pm – Consonance
Consonance is a contemporary gospel quartet hailing from Richmond, California.
6:45pm – 8:00pm – Aki Goes to Bollywood
An unprecedented mashup of retro Bollywood music and American blues.
Friday, Aug. 10
5:30pm – 6:30pm – Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, and bandleader. She & the Right Hands latest album, “The Hazel and Alice Sessions” was nominated for the 2017 Best Bluegrass GRAMMY.
6:45pm – 8 p.m. – The Mad Maggies
From world rock to ska, Cajun/zydeco to rhythm & blues, klezmer to polka, to the high seas & beyond.
Friday, Sept. 14th
5:30pm – 6:30pm – Achilles Wheel
High energy roots and world music/rock and roll band from Northern California.
6:45pm – 8:00pm – Ruckatan Latin Tribe
Rúckatan Latin Tribe is a fusion of Latin and reggae influences, composed of seven players who have contributed to the Latin rock scene in the Bay Area and internationally.