Wednesday, September 12, 2012

RiverLink's RiverMUSIC continues Friday, Sept. 14 with the Booty Band

The first four of RiverLink's RiverMUSIC concerts have drawn thousands of music-lovers to the banks of the French Broad River, and RiverLink is excited to announce that the fifth show will be the biggest yet - an evening of funk with local favorite Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band. Another local band, The Fritz, will kick off the evening's music, all happening on Friday, Sept. 14 at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza (144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District). Parking lots will open at 4:30 p.m. and the venue opens at 5:00. The Fritz start the music at 6:00, The Booty Band comes on at 8.

Get there early to watch The Booty Band arrive via watercraft provided by our friends at Asheville Adventure Rentals.   

The Booty Band is deeply rooted in funk and fully committed to the
Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band near a familiar River Arts District landmark    
ongoing evolution of the genre, with a sound that is unique yet has the power and soul to create lasting melodies and seismic rhythms. The group has been together for a full decade, performing well over 150 shows and completing three to four national tours each year.

The Fritz promise to bring infectious grooves, intoxicating guitar lines and a relentless drive of soul and passion. As schooled musicians, the members of The Fritz draw inspiration from a variety of musical traditions and techniques. This fusion of styles is rooted within improvised Funk and Rock, but also builds in elements of jazz, Classical, World, and electronic music.

In addition to the great lineup of music, New Belgium Brewing and Skyland Distributing will bring beer, and there will be foodtrucks to feed the crowd. Power for the stage will be provided by Sundance Power Systems, Inc., and Asheville on Bikes will provide a bike corral.

The concert is the grand finale of five shows RiverLink is hosting beside the river this summer. Inspired by a grant from the Chaddick Foundation, RiverMUSIC is also sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, Pisgah Investments, Sundance Power Systems, Asheville on Bikes, Ed Holmes Survey, 98.1 The River, Blue Ridge Bio Fuels and Phil Mechanic Artist Studios.

Attendees are encouraged to leave their cars at home and get to the concerts via alternative modes of transportation. Asheville on Bikes will provide a bike corral for stowing bicycles. There is also a paddle-up option. Paddlers can easily float to the concerts or to nearby Jean Webb Park, a takeout point beneath the RiverLink Bridge, where they can lock their boats and walk to the concerts.

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