Winston's free outdoor concert series and youth theater at Riverbend Park, Friday's 7-9pm.
Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. "If Memphis music is a genre, this is it!" proclaims American Blues Scene, and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue, "The most-talked-about band in Memphis."
Roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a musical tour-de-force partnership planted on the Canadian Prairies. Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories could almost make you believe in fate.
With a stage banter striking a unique balance between slapstick and sermon, these veteran singer-songwriters have a way of making time disappear, rooms shrink, and audiences feel as they are right there on the stage with the band — writing the songs, living the songs, performing the songs. It’s not uncommon for listeners to find themselves laughing, dancing, crying, or caught up in a good ol’ fashioned sing-along.
Red Molly combines the forces of three songwriters with unique character and style, creating a show that is larger than the sum of its parts. Known for their 3-part harmony, their songs and arrangements lay bare a love of vocal blend. The band weaves together threads of American music—from country & blues to folk & bluegrass. Their innovative instrumentation is suited for roots-rock and heartful ballads alike, and the alchemy of their personalities onstage draws even back row listeners into a sense of intimacy. Red Molly is simply a joy to experience.View Artist
Brenn Hill is a singer/songwriter who doesn’t just sing about the West, he reveals its heart to anyone who will take the time to listen. He is not just an observer or narrator of western lore, but one of its strongest interpreters. The cowboy’s trials and tribulations are his raw material. Brenn’s career spans fourteen recordings of mostly self-penned music and over two decades on the road.
Andy Nelson is an energetic and high-spirited cowboy poet and humorist offering history, heritage and hilarity of the cowboy culture through traditional poetry and storytelling. Western Horseman Magazine writes, "One of the most dynamic cowboy entertainers today, Nelson's vivid descriptions, voice inflections and fluid recitation bring his stories to life in listeners' imaginations."
Together they bring the Western way of life to the stage with authenticity and enthusiasm. As one producer put it, “Their unique performance which combines great original western music by Brenn along with moving story telling by Andy in concert with each other is a huge hit. Together they have created a synergistic performance which keeps the audience totally engaged for the duration of the time they are on stage. The combination of deep emotional and moving lyrics along with the humorous and light hearted side of life experiences they share in song and poetry will always be remembered.”
Annie Get Your Gun follows the rough-and-tumble Annie Oakley, who is the best shot around. A backwoods gal, Annie uses her skill to support her family by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Buffalo Bill and persuaded to join his Wild West Show, Annie is plucked from obscurity and becomes the toast of Europe. Annie meets her match in Frank Butler, Buffalo Bill’s leading man and star marksman. She falls head over heels for Frank, but soon eclipses him as the main attraction in the show. Her success with a gun makes trouble for Annie’s chance at romance. Annie Get Your Gun follows the journey of Annie and Frank, revealing their competitive natures as they vie for best shot - and each other’s hearts. This fictionalized version of the life of real-life sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her romance with Frank Butler boasts a score of Irving Berlin gems including “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do.”View Artist
A prolific songwriter for nearly twenty years, Laura Veirs proves the depth of her musical skill on her tenth solo album, The Lookout. Here is a batch of inimitable, churning, exquisite folk-pop songs; a concept album about the fragility of precious things. Produced by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine, Veirs’ longtime collaborator, The Lookout is a soundtrack for turbulent times, full of allusions to protectors: the camper stoking a watch fire, a mother tending her children, a sailor in a crows nest and a lightning rod channeling energy.View Artist
RIVERBEND LIVE IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION ENTIRELY FUNDED BY COMMUNITY DONATIONS. THESE SPONSORSHIPS, ALONG WITH THE "PASSING OF THE BASKETS" DURING CONCERT INTERMISSIONS, CONCESSIONS AND MERCHANDISE SALES, PROVIDE WORLD-CLASS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT. Click on the link below to see more details on how you can help keep this amazing community event going every year.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 their support and we want to honor them.