HAMILTON —Hamilton’s signature music festival — David Shaw’s Big River Get Down — will return to RiversEdge Amphitheater on Saturday, Sept. 8.
David Shaw, lead singer of The Revivalists, will serve as Hamilton’s mayor for a day on Sept. 8. On that day, the city also will be nicknamed JAM!LTON.
VIP, presale and after party tickets are on sale now. All tickets go on sale Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m.
This marks the fourth year for the annual Big River Get Down Presented by Miller Lite and the seventh consecutive year that The Revivalists have performed at RiversEdge. Shaw graduated from Hamilton High School in 2001. He currently resides in New Orleans.
“It’s a great way for the City of Hamilton to showcase itself. Every year, it’s just the hometown connection that David Shaw has with Hamilton, and there’s an excitement in the whole community,” said Adam Helms, director of resident services, City of Hamilton.
The festival will kick off with a solo acoustic performance by Shaw on Friday night, Sept. 7 at the Fitton Center at 8 p.m. VIP tickets for the acoustic performance went on sale at the same time RiversEdge made the announcement about the festival.
The one-day Big River Get Down music festival will begin when the doors open at noon. The festival will be headlined by The Revivalists. The festival will also feature performances by Samantha Fish, Andy Frasco & the U.N., Naughty Professor, Jennifer Hartswick and Nick Cassarino Duo, Brandon “Taz” Niederaur and Doc Robinson. General admission tickets for the festival are $35 in advance and $42 day of the festival (if still available). VIP ticket packages will also be available.
Shaw came up with the idea for the festival because he wanted to give something back to the City of Hamilton. Proceeds from the festival will be donated to the City of Hamilton’s 4th of July fireworks and the RiversEdge concert series. Since the inception of David Shaw’s Big River Get Down, more than $75,000 has been given back to the community to support RiversEdge and the fireworks.
“David Shaw makes it a point to make sure that he and his band come back here and play every summer. He really does like coming home, playing for friends and family, and for all the other Rev Heads, who come here from across the country. David is involved in every aspect of planning this festival,” Helms said.
“The popularity of the event has grown right in step with The Revivalists. Last year, in 2017 was the first year we ever sold out the festival. We sold 3,200 tickets,” Helms said.
Shaw and his band The Revivalists have garnered national attention, appearing on television shows, including the “Today Show,” “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and “Conan O’ Brien” to perform their No. 1 radio hit “Wish I Knew You.” The band has also been named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists You Need to Know.”
The Hamilton Flea will partner with RiversEdge again this year on Sept. 8. For more, go to (http://www.hamiltonflea.org).