By Kathy Chouteau
Friday, Sept. 9th will be the last opportunity to catch a free concert as part of Point Richmond Music’s 2022 summer music series. Taking the stage for the series finale will be Laurie Lewis with Hills to Hollers and Andre Thierry from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in downtown Point Richmond at Park Place between West Richmond and Washington Avenues.
Hills to Hollers, featuring two-time bluegrass female vocalist of the year Laurie Lewis, will perform from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday. Described by organizers as a “supergroup” that “explores the rich history and intertwined roots of the African-American and white musical traditions of the American south,” Hills to Hollers also includes accomplished performer Vicki Randle and the Grammy-nominated Barbara Higbie.
From 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Andre Thierry will fill the air with his accordion soul music. While the musician was “born and raised in Richmond, California, [Thierry’s] French-[Creole] heritage is deeply rooted in Louisiana,” according to organizers. That Rich City plus Louisiana vibe driven by his accordions creates “magnetic, sonic landscapes,” said organizers.
Concertgoers who arrive early by 5:15 p.m. can get in on a contest for the oldest Point Richmond Music concert T-shirt, said organizers, with local business The Grape Nest donating a bottle of wine for the winner. Face-painting will also be on hand for the littles to enjoy.
Lots of food options will be available during the concerts as well, spanning from Point Richmond’s eclectic mix of restaurants to a variety of food trucks serving up their offerings. As always, Point Richmond Music’s no-host bar will offer its “famous” margaritas, local beer and wine; proceeds benefit the music series.
Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs as only limited seating will be provided at the event.
Learn more about Point Richmond Music, the volunteer-powered nonprofit that produces the annual summer music series, here.