Tuesday, July 8, 2014

RiverMusic continues July 11 with The Billy Sea

RiverLink's RiverMusic series continues on Friday, July 11, featuring progressive Bluegrass and rythmic beats with headliners The Billy Sea and opening act Grammy Award winning artist River Guerguerian appearing with the Jeff Sipe Global Percussion Ensemble, Robert Mangum and Parrish Ellis. Former Washington Post music critic Joe Safsy says of the evening, "Call night three (July 11) an evening of cosmic musical exploration as The Billy Sea present their virtuosic expansion of Appalachian tradition into the territory called 'world music.'"

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the music goes until 10 at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, 144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District (map). RiverMusic offers local beer, food trucks, and the waters of the beautiful French Broad flowing right by the stage.

There will be beer service from two local breweries -- New Belgium Brewing and Sierra Nevada.

These events have always been solar powered by long-time partner Sundance Power Systems, Inc. None of this would be possible without the support of sponsors, including The Chaddick Foundation, Prestige Subaru, Pisgah Investments, Heira Productions, Oskar Blues, New Belgium Brewing, Sierra Nevada and Catawba Brewing, along with media sponsors Mountain Xpress and WNCW.

RiverMusic is WNC's most multi-modal event offering a bike corral, a new boat access allows attendees to arrive by boat and three non-stop  trollies operating from 5 to 10 for each concert. 

Trolley service is available for this concert with pickups in three locations: 
  • In West Asheville, there will be service at Grace Baptist Church, 718 Haywood Road (map). The Grace parking area is towards the rear of the building. Parking is not allowed in the bank lot. 
  • On the other side of the river, the trolley stop will be the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave (map). 
  • And further south, there will be a trolley stop at 63 Brook St, the new home of Catawba Brewing (map). 

Each RiverMusic event will feature different breweries and foodtrucks. The July 11 food selections include The Lowdown, Pho Ya Belly, Melt Your Heart, Smashbox, Gypsy Queen, non-alcoholic beverages from Ursa Minor and Buchi Kombucha, and ice cream from The Hop. New this year is food pairings -- matching foodtruck offerings with selected brews. Ask at the foodtruck what's special for this event, and look out for posts on our web site and blog the River Whisperer for more information about special food-beer offerings for each concert. 

Dogs, outside food and beverages are not allowed on the festival grounds, but attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and lawnchairs. There will be an ATM onsite, and credit card capability as well.
The Billy Sea headlines RiverMusic on July 11

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