Rock, blues, country acts coming to Hamilton’s RiversEdge this summer

The RiversEdge Amphitheater in Hamilton.

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The RiversEdge Amphitheater in Hamilton.

Scotty Bratcher will open the 2017 RiversEdge concert series on Friday, June 2 with special guest the Danny Frazier Band.

“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 Friday, June 2,” said Adam Helms, director of resident services, City of Hamilton.

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Bratcher, a Middletown native, has played alongside of notable artists such as Ted Nugent, Little Texas, Blue Oyster Cult, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Lonnie Mack, 38 Special, Styx, Peter Frampton, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band, Delbert McClinton and Lee Roy Parnell, among others. His latest project, “That Album,” was released in late fall of 2016.

Other highlights on the RiversEdge schedule will include Samantha Fish on June 8, the Magic Lightnin’ Boys with 500 Miles to Memphis on June 29 and Dallas Moore with Jim Burns Band on July 13, to name a few.

Noah Wotherspoon will headline a Tuesday, July 4 show along with Outta Here.

August is tribute month again this year, and Back in Black (AC/DC tribute band) will return on Thursday, Aug. 10.

Dirty Revival will travel from Portland, Ore., to take the stage on Thursday, July 27, at RiversEdge.

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“We take into account a lot of comments and feedback we receive on our RiversEdge Facebook page. We just surpassed 9,000 likes on our Facebook page. So, every year, before we go into booking bands, we always ask our Facebook fans who they want to see. It’s amazing how many people we’ll reach…This year, we had more than 300 suggestions, just from our Facebook page alone,” Helms said.

This year’s RiversEdge series will showcase a combination of rock, blues and country acts. Local/regional bands will round out the diverse line-up. This is the sixth year for the popular Hamilton concert series. On average about 1,500 attendees come out for each show. The RiversEdge Amphitheater has the capacity to accommodate up to about 3,000 concertgoers.

A new ticketed feature in 2017 is the VIP Section. There are 75 VIP tickets available for every show, and for $25, guests will receive 3 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.

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WHAT:RiversEdge 2017

WHEN: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; first set 6:30 and second set 8:30

WHERE: RiversEdge Amphitheater, 116 Dayton St., Hamilton


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June 2: Scotty Bratcher with Danny Frazier Band

June 8: Samantha Fish

June 15: The Congress with Dead 27's

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.

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

July 4: Noah Wotherspoon with Outta Here

July 13: Dallas Moore with Jim Burns Band

July 20: Wild Adriatic with Blackfoot Gypsies

July 27: Dirty Revival with People Brothers Band

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

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

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

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

Of note: Although Signs of Life (Pink Floyd tribute) is not scheduled to play the RiversEdge concert series this year, Hamilton Parks Conservancy will feature the band in concert on Saturday, Sept. 16.

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Scotty Bratcher is a Middletown native who plays a mean guitar.

Scotty Bratcher is a Middletown native who plays a mean guitar.

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Scotty Bratcher is a Middletown native who plays a mean guitar.

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