“The Revivalists are doing a lot of big things. They’ve been on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live! and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ ‘Today Show,’ and ‘Conan O’ Brien,’ so they’ve gained a lot of popularity, and with David Shaw being from Hamilton, and the event becoming more popular, the excitement for this year has exceeded past years,” said Adam Helms, director of resident services, City of Hamilton.
David Shaw, frontman for The Revivalists, graduated from Hamilton High School in 2001. He currently lives in New Orleans.
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In addition to their live and television performances, The Revivalists have been named as one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists You Need to Know.”
This is the sixth consecutive year that The Revivalists have performed at RiversEdge.
The festival will kick off with a solo acoustic performance by Shaw on Friday night at the Fitton Center. The acoustic performance on Friday is sold out. In fact, tickets for the acoustic performance sold out in just a few hours.
David Shaw (center), lead singer of The Revivalists, will be Hamilton’s mayor for a day Sept. 9, when he and the band play the David Shaw Big River Get Down festival at Hamilton’s RiversEdge amphitheater. On that day, the city also will be nicknamed Jam!lton. CONTRIBUTED/BRANTLEY GUTIERREZ
ABOUT THE MUSIC FEST
This will be the third year for the festival, which was started in 2015.
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The festival also will feature performances by The Record Company, The Marcus King Band, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Atlas Road Crew, Smooth Hound Smith and Naughty Professor.
General admission tickets for the festival are $28 in advance and $35 day of the festival and are still available.
A new VIP ticket package option was introduced this year. However, the 116 available VIP tickets sold out in 30 seconds the day they went on sale, organizers say.
The festival will conclude on Saturday night with an after-party from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Fitton Center ballroom. The after party will include performances by Space & Harmony (11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.) and Rumplesteelskin (1 a.m.-2 a.m.). These bands feature band members from The Revivalists and Naughty Professor. Tickets for the after party are $20.
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Helms said Shaw came up with the idea for the festival, because he wanted to give something back to his hometown. Proceeds from the festival will be donated toward the City of Hamilton’s 4th of July fireworks and the RiversEdge concert series.
“This year, we should be close to a sell-out, if not a sell-out. That would be the first time we’ve ever sold-out an event at RiversEdge Amphitheater,” Helms said.
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The Butler County seat will officially become “Jam!ilton” when Hamilton native David Shaw and his band, The Revivalists, return to host and headline a one-day music festival, David Shaw’s Big River Get Down. Shaw will be mayor for the day. CONTRIBUTED
Want to go?
WHAT: David Shaw’s Big River Get Down Presented by Miller Lite
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 9. Gates open at noon. The first concert will begin at 1 p.m. The festival ends at 10:30 p.m.
WHERE: RiversEdge Amphitheater, 116 Dayton St., downtown Hamilton
ADMISSION: General admission tickets are $28 in advance; $35 day of the show. (Plus, ticketing fees.)
MORE INFO: www.bigrivergetdown.com. The Big River Get Down after-party will follow at the Fitton Center on Saturday night, starting at 11:30 p.m. Additionally, The Hamilton Flea will partner with RiversEdge again this year on Sept. 9. Visit
David Shaw’s Big River Get Down Set Times
- The Revivalists (9 p.m-10:30 p.m.)
- The Record Company (7:15 p.m-8:30 p.m.)
- The Marcus King Band (6 p.m.-6: 45 p.m.)
- Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band (4:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
- Atlas Road Crew (3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.)
- Smooth Hound Smith (2:15 p.m.-3 p.m.)
- Naughty Professor (1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.)
David Shaw, 2001 Hamilton High School graduate and vocalist for alternative rock group the Revivalists, returns to his hometown for tonight’s free concert at the RiversEdge Amphitheater.
Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO
Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO
Hamilton native David Shaw, center stage, and his band, The Revivalists, perform during a 2012 concert.