By Kathy Chouteau
With two concerts already under its wings, the Point Richmond Summer Music Festival will set a flight with its August offerings on Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, when musicians Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora take the stage from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by Pellejo Seco from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Winner of the Best of the East Bay’s bragging rights for “Best Outdoor Music Festival,” the free Summer Music Festival sets up shop at the corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue in historic downtown Point Richmond on the second Friday of each month from June through September.
Musical group Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora specializes in a blend of Americana, country and folk music, while Pellejo Seco’s musical repertoire brings a mix of world, Latin & Cuban elements to the festival.
According to concert organizer Point Richmond Music, aside from music and dancing in the streets, the family friendly festival also features food trucks, beverages, face painting and more fun activities. The location of the festival at Point Richmond’s downtown nexus allows easy access to the district’s wide variety of restaurants, coffee shops and shopping options.
Point Richmond Music Board Secretary Christina Zirker shared with the Richmond Standard that this year marks the festival’s 18th season. The original idea was the brainchild of Mayor Tom Butt, who collaborated with Michele Seville, now the City of Richmond’s Arts & Culture manager, and several Richmond Arts & Culture Commission members to organize the festival “as a way to foster community through music and promote local businesses.”
Zirker added, “Our hard-working volunteers and generous sponsors come together year after year to produce an annual music series that celebrates diversity and promotes the arts. We’re proud that our free summer concert season has become a cultural tradition for Richmond residents, who can enjoy live music together as we celebrate our community.”