David Shaw and The Revivalists will return to RiversEdge Amphitheater for “David Shaw’s Big River Get Down Presented by Miller Lite,” on Saturday.
The festival will kick off with a sold-out VIP-only, solo acoustic performance from Shaw at the Fitton Center on Friday, Sept. 6, and conclude on Sunday, Sept. 8, with “Sunday Fore Heck’s Sake,” which will feature more live music and a celebrity golf scramble at Twin Run Golf Course.
“As someone born and raised in Hamilton, the recent revitalization of the city has been awe-inspiring to witness. Getting the opportunity the last few summers to perform with my band at RiversEdge has always been a highlight of my year and it’s a great opportunity to reconnect with family and old friends,” said Shaw.
Shaw will also serve as Hamilton’s mayor on Sept. 7, and the city will be nicknamed Jam!lton that day.
In 2015, Shaw worked with city officials to establish the Big River Get Down as an annual event to help give back to his hometown. Since the inception of the festival, David Shaw’s Big River Get Down has donated more than $110,000 to the community. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Hamilton’s 4th of July fireworks and the RiversEdge Amphitheater to provide free concerts at the venue each summer.
“The music lineup is stacked. … It’s a major music festival lineup, and for a music festival, RiversEdge is an intimate venue. It’s a casual, fun environment. The music is a big reason people keep coming back, but the environment of the festival, and the interaction between the bands and the fans, it doesn’t happen everywhere,” said Adam Helms, director of resident services, City of Hamilton.
Headlined by The Revivalists, the festival will begin when the doors open at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The 2019 Big River Get Down lineup will also feature Chris Gelbuda (3 p.m.), Neal Francis (4 p.m.), Southern Avenue (5:15 p.m.), Brent Cobb (6:30 p.m.) and The War And Treaty (8 p.m.). The Revivalists will go on at 9:30 p.m.
“If guests have been there before for past Big River Get Down’s, they know it’s a great time. Basically, all of Hamilton shows up. It’s a great way to reconnect with people from Hamilton, and it’s a fantastic way to meet new people from around the country, and the music is outstanding. Come out and enjoy the experience. If they haven’t been there before, concertgoers are in for a pleasant surprise. It’s rare to see bands of this stature on the same stage, in a relatively intimate venue,” Helms said.
This is the fifth year for the annual Big River Get Down and the eighth consecutive year that The Revivalists have performed at RiversEdge. Shaw. who graduated from Hamilton High School in 2001, now lives New Orleans. Tickets are $38 in advance and $50 the day of the show. (VIP packages are sold out.)
Although the festival doesn’t fall on the same day as Hamilton Flea this year, festival-goers can still enjoy an arts and crafts fair/exhibit at Marcum Park from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday that will feature many of the Artspace artists and local crafters. Several food trucks will be on site.
Also, new this year, on Sunday, Sept. 8, Sunday Fore Heck’s Sake presented by Wyoming Automotive will feature more live music and a celebrity golf scramble at Twin Run Golf Course. Golf starts at noon. Cost is $75 per golfer and includes the music after golf, one food ticket, one drink ticket and one celebrity raffle ticket. Golfers should arrive at 11 a.m. Twin Run Golf Course is located at 2505 Eaton Road in Hamilton. Tickets for the Celebrity Golf Raffle are $10 and proceeds from the golf raffle will be donated to testicular cancer research.
Tickets for the Sunday concert (without golf) are $20 and doors will open at 1:30 p.m. The lineup will include Chris Gelbuda (2:45-3:30 p.m.,) Joseph Huber (3:45-4:30 p.m.) Brent James & The Vintage Youth (4:45-5:30 p.m.), The Trogone Band (6-7 p.m.) and 90 Proof Twang (7:30-8:30 p.m.) Tickets may be purchased at www.bigrivergetdown.com.