HAMILTON — Cincinnati’s American Idol Season XIV contestant Jess Lamb and The Magic Lightnin’ Boys will kick-off Hamilton’s popular RiversEdge concert series when they perform at the RiversEdge Amphitheater Saturday, May 30 at 6 p.m.
“I am excited about the whole series. We always try to identify up and coming artists, and we try to book them before they get too expensive to bring to Hamilton. They are the headliners and we try to supplement that with some local bands to showcase some of our local talent,” said Adam Helms, director of resident Services, city of Hamilton.
Last year, concerts were held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. This year, they will be held on the second, third and fourth Thursdays.
“For the first show on May 30, the headliner is going to be Jess Lamb, and she was a contestant on American Idol earlier this year. She’s from Cincinnati, so we are looking forward to that,” Helms said.
Additionally, several of the acts that are part of this season’s line-up were recommended by RiversEdge Facebook fans.
“The Magic Lightnin’ Boys, the band that will be opening for her, we asked our RiversEdge Facebook fans, ‘Who would you like to see?’ And, the overwhelming favorites where The Magic Lightnin’ Boys and Elementree Livity Project. The Magic Lightnin’ Boys will be playing on May 30, and Elementree Livity Project will be a part of the music festival on June 20. We try to involve our Facebook followers as much as we can. We want to get their input,” Helms continued.
Helms said the RiversEdge concert series continues to grow in a number of ways.
“This is really becoming a community event. We have gotten a lot of corporate sponsorship and involvement, so our corporate partners have been great,” Helms said. “That has grown. And, our attendance has grown over the past several years, and I think we are getting to the point where people know there is going to be music at RiversEdge on Thursdays and they know if they come down, they are going to see a good band. We bring in nationally touring acts. When we first started out, it was more local bands.”
This is the fourth year for the concert series, and the third year it has been held at RiversEdge Amphitheater. The capacity of the amphitheater is about 3,300. Although there wasn’t an official count, Helms said, most of the shows last year averaged around 1,200 attendees. Some shows attracted close to 2,000 or more.
“RiversEdge is truly a spectacular venue, and a spectacular park. It’s really the crown jewel of the park system, that and Joyce Park,” Helms said. “We’ve have had visitors come from out of town to see a particular band, and when they get to Hamilton, they have said they can’t believe how beautiful the venue is, how nice downtown is, and that’s what we are going for.”