RiversEdge announces 2017 lineup

Wild Adriatic will be at RiversEdge on July 20 as part of the 2017 RiversEdge Concert Series. CONTRIBUTED
Wild Adriatic will be at RiversEdge on July 20 as part of the 2017 RiversEdge Concert Series. CONTRIBUTED

Season starts June 2 and features national and local acts.

Headliner Scotty Bratcher will return to Hamilton on June 2 to kick-off the 2017 RiversEdge Concert Series.

“As far as fan favorites, we have Scotty Bratcher coming back again this year. That’s always a popular show, and that’s the first show of the year, which will be held on a Friday. We are kicking off the series on a Friday this year,” said Adam Helms, director of resident Services, City of Hamilton.

Other highlights will include the Magic Lightnin’ Boys with 500 Miles to Memphis on Thursday, June 29. The Magic Lightnin’ Boys are from the Hamilton/Fairfield area and 500 Miles to Memphis are from Cincinnati. Dallas Moore will also make his RiversEdge debut on Thursday, July 13.

“The Magic Lightnin’ Boys always bring a good crowd, and Dallas Moore will play RiversEdge for the first time. Dallas Moore just won an Ameripolitan Music Award, which is a big deal, and Jim Burns Band is opening up for him,” Helms said.

He said August is tribute month again this year. RiversEdge is bringing back the AC/DC tribute band Back in Black on Thursday, Aug. 10.

“A lot of people will remember that it was packed last year, and we had a power outage throughout the entire city, so the power got knocked out 40 minutes into their set. They didn’t even play a full set, so we’re really excited they’re coming back. They are coming all the way from Texas,” Helms said.

The award for furthest distance traveled to play RiversEdge goes to Dirty Revival on Thursday, July 27. Dirty Revival is coming from Portland, Ore., to play the concert series.

“This is our sixth year of concerts. … We tried to develop this year’s line-up based on what has drawn guests in the past, while still maintaining as much musical diversity as we can. What we found works well in Hamilton are the rock, blues and country genres, so you’ll see a lot of that in our lineup,” Helms said.

There’s also a good mix of popular, local bands on the lineup, he said.

“One thing that is new this year is we added a VIP section. There are 75 tickets available for every show, and for $25 you’ll receive three beverage vouchers — beer, soda or water — from the VIP bar. The VIP package includes a food voucher, valid at any of the food vendors on-site. VIP ticket holders also get access to the VIP Deck with preferred grass seating. The VIP Deck sits behind the stage, and provides a pretty cool behind the scene’s view. It puts you right next to the stage,” Helms said.

A combination of music, sound, lighting and production continue to set the RiversEdge Concert Series apart, he said. RiversEdge can accommodate up to about 3,000 concertgoers.

Contact this contributing writer at gmwriteon@aol.com.

How to go

What: RiversEdge 2017 Concert Series

When: Doors 5:30 p.m.; first set 6:30 and second set 8:30

Where: RiversEdge Amphitheater, 116 Dayton St., downtown Hamilton

Admission: Free

More info: www.riversedgelive.com/lineup2017 and www.facebook.com/HamiltonRiversEdge

RiversEdge lineup

Friday, June 2: Scotty Bratcher with Danny Frazier Band opening

Thursday, June 8: The Record Company with AJ Ghent Band

Thursday, June 15: The Congress with Dead 27's

Friday and Saturday, June 23-24: Whimmydiddle presented by IBEW Local 648 (starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday) Whimmydiddle is a free, two-night country music festival.

Thursday, June 29: Magic Lightnin' Boys with 500 Miles to Memphis

Tuesday, July 4: Noah Wotherspoon with Outta Here

Thursday, July 13: Dallas Moore with Jim Burns Band

Thursday, July 20: Wild Adriatic with Blackfoot Gypsies

Thursday, July 27: Dirty Revival with People Brothers Band

Thursday, Aug. 10: Back in Black (AC/DC tribute) with Hollywood

Thursday, Aug. 17: Rumours (Fleetwood Mac tribute) with Strum n' Honey

Thursday, Aug. 24: Natural Wonder (Stevie Wonder tribute) with Lieutenant Dan's New Legs

Thursday, Aug. 31: Bostyx (featuring David Victor formerly of Boston) with The Baked Potatoes

Note: Although Signs of Life (Pink Floyd tribute) is not scheduled to play RiversEdge Concert Series this year, Hamilton Parks Conservancy plans to feature the band in September. Stay tuned for details.