Winston's free outdoor concert series and youth theater at Riverbend Park, Friday's 7-9pm.
If you believe Maceo Parker's biography, he is either the "Field Marshal of Funk," the "Architect of Groove" or the "Pied Piper of Positivism," who will "steal the gloom from young people's hearts and replace it (if only for an evening) with joyful music." Or all of the above. Parker is keen on spreading the gospel of groove, a dedicated entertainer who believes in funk’s power to transform and heal. Revered for his impeccable pedigree and leading the world’s tightest funk orchestra, the saxophone titan has played with Funk legends James Brown, George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, among others. Collaborations with Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews and Red Hot Chili Peppers have introduced him to an exuberant, younger fan base.
Maceo Parker brings his super powered band to Winston to kick off Riverbend Live’s 20th anniversary!
Gospel, soul, and R&B infused artist Liz Vice hails from Portland, Oregon. With a love of story-telling, her dynamic, soulful vocals, coupled with lyrics that are classically influenced enough to feel timeless, help reference her deep-rooted spirituality. At the young age of 19 years old Vice’s health declined and for three and a half years she was on dialysis, leaving a fight in her. Receiving a kidney transplant in December 2005 marked the beginning of great healing and perspective.
She has gained recognition as a performing artist, being named one to keep an ear out for in such publications such as OPB’s One Song, NPR’s Live Wire, Noise Trade, Relevant Magazine, and Willamette Week. No matter how large the venue, her genuine approach to her artistry and playful interaction with the audience makes everyone feel like they’re sitting at home on the couch watching a friend sing their heart out. There is indeed a light shining over Liz Vice. It saved her all those years ago just when she thought her life was ending, and it shone down upon a new calling, one in which she gets up onstage every night and shares that light with the world. Come what may, Liz Vice is going to let it shine.
The California Honeydrops don’t just play music—they throw parties. Led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. They have certainly come a long way since their formation in 2007, busking in Oakland BART stations for rush hour commuters. Listening to Lech sing, it can be a surprise that he was born in Warsaw, Poland, and raised by Polish political refugees. He learned his vocal stylings from contraband American recordings of Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Louis Armstrong, and later at Oberlin College and on the club circuit in Oakland, California. Bringing all those influences together with the rest of the band’s diverse experiences into a unified musical vision, the California Honeydrops expect to play parties for a long time.View Artist
Join the cast and crew of 30 to 40 talented youth as they take you inside this fairy tale world. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
The play runs both Friday, July 22nd and Saturday, July 23rd. Join us for the fun!
Chris Isaacs is a poet and storyteller who has lived the life that he writes about. He has seen life from a cowboy's point of view for all of his 60-plus years, and his poems and stories are alive with the heart and humor of life from a cowboy's point of view. He can usually find the funny side of any situation, and is considered by many to be one of the finest humorists in the country.
Chris's view of the cowboy life can be seen from so many different angles because he has lived so many aspects of it. Chris can ride the bull, drive the bull, pack the bull, and he can shoot the bull with the best of them. The jovial teasing and tormenting of their friendships comes through often in Isaacs' comfortably warm introductions to his poems. His equally strong respect and talent is ever-present as he captures and shares so much humor and insight.
Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him “the Charley Russell of Western Music.” Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He has been twice voted Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. He’s delighted audiences in fourteen states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.View Artist
Where would we be without the continued support of our sponsors year after year? Listed are our major sponsors for this years Riverbend live concert. They are the ones that have gone above and beyond to show thier support and we want to honor them.