Former Black Crowes front man headlining July 4 memorial show at Hamilton’s RiversEdge

A former front man for the Black Crowes will bring his current band into Hamilton this week for a special July 4 show at Hamilton’s RiversEdge amphitheater.

The band he’ll lead in Hamilton for the free concert will be the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, but he’s more famous as the former lead singer and lyricist for The Black Crowes.

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The show will be known as “Jared’s Jam” because it is sponsored by Hamilton residents Jack and Karen Whalen as a memorial to their son, Jared, a 1993 Hamilton High School graduate.

Jared Whalen was a highly regarded chef at such restaurants as The Maisonette in Cincinnati and the Coach House Tavern & Grille in Hamilton. He died in August of heart failure.

The free show also will feature Dumpstaphunk, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

When Hamilton announced its summer lineup for concerts at the RiversEdge amphitheater in late May, officials weren’t able to announce what band would be playing on Independence Day because contractual terms still were being worked out.

But Adam Helms, the city official who put together the concert series predicted, “I think when we announce who it is, people are going to be really excited by the fact this band is coming to RiversEdge on July 4.”

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Some of The Black Crowes biggest hits included "Remedy" (1992), "Hard to Handle" (1990), and "She Talks to Angels" (1990). The group was named Rolling Stone magazine's critics' and readers' polls as Best New American Band in 1991, and a Grammy award that year for Best New Artist.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood was one of Jared Whalen’s favorite bands, even more so than The Black Crowes, said Brandon Saurber, Hamilton’s director of Strategy & Information.

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