POMEROY — Each summer, the Pomeroy Blues and Jazz Society hosts the Rhythm on the River Summer Music Series which leads up to the Big Bend Blues Bash.
All Rhythm on the River shows start at 8 p.m. at the Riverside Amphitheater in Pomeroy and are free.
This year’s performers are:
Kelly Pardekooper on June 23. Iowa City native Kelly Pardekooper is an Americana/Rock Singer-Songwriter. He put down roots in Indianapolis in 2012 after stints in Nashville, Madison and Los Angeles. He has released eight albums and toured all over the US and Europe, showcasing his songs everywhere from SXSW in Austin to the Take Root Festival in Holland. Television song credits include True Blood, Justified, Blue Bloods, Sons of Anarchy, Cold Case, Chicago Fire, Longmire etc. Film credits include Vengeance (Nicolas Cage), April Moon and Sex in the USA. Kelly Pardekooper writes songs and tries to treat people well!
Dwight & Nicole on June 30. Nicole Nelson and Dwight Ritcher make up the critically acclaimed, American indie-soul/blues band Dwight and Nicole. Recipients of the 2016 Band of The Year award from the New England Music Awards, and the Boston Music Award’s Female Vocalist of the Year. Their single “I Need Love” was named one of the Songs of the Year by the Boston Herald and Nicole, coined “The Voice of Vermont” in a cover story printed in the Burlington Free Press. These accolades followed the release of Nelson’s haunting version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which became a nationwide hit at #24 on the iTunes pop charts. Last year ended on a high note with a string of sold-out concerts up and down the East Coast, and more nominations: Vocalist of the Year and Best in State.
Bill Dutcher on July 7. When Bill Dutcher picks up an acoustic guitar, the music that fills the room cannot be branded with a simple sentence. When you see him play live you’re experiencing an event that shatters the pre-conceived notion of what a solo acoustic artist is capable of. You’re witnessing the fusion of six strings, ten fingers, unorthodox instruments and various electronics blend a unique cocktail of rock, blues, classical, middle-eastern and Celtic flavors into an acoustic symphony. When he walks on stage, all rules are thrown out the window and an improvisational circus explodes before your eyes. Every part of the guitar is fair game as he makes it growl, whine and sing to the pounding percussive pops, slaps and pings that emanate from the guitar.
Felix y los Gatos on July 14. Felix y los Gatos is a New Mexico based band with 15+ years of stage experience and an improvisational style that is uniquely their own. Their sound is crafted through the cultural influences of Zydeco, Tex-Mex, Blues, and Gypsy/Jazz (Think Django Reinhardt), Swing, and a dash of Outlaw country. Their musical diversity, which is custom tailored to their audience, is culturally steeped in an emotionally driven stage performance and sound that is nothing short of power driven authenticity. The Gatos have been featured at the Telluride Blues Festival, Thirsty Ear Festival, Long Beach Crawdaddy Fest, BlissFest, Blast Furnace Blues Festival, Zion Canyon Music Festival, the Hatch Green Chile Festival, and countless other large events. Their undying passion to play music has allowed them the privilege of sharing the stage with acts such as Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Tab Benoit, BeauSoleil, Ozomatli, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, FishBone, Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe, as well as featuring John Popper of Blues Traveler on the track “Hot Damn” from their Album, “OCHO.” One thing is certain, Felix y los Gatos is sure to get you out of your seat and dancing the night away.
Sean Chambers Band on July 21. Florida born, Sean Chambers, toured with the legendary Blues man Hubert Sumlin as his guitarist and band leader from 1998-2003. Britain’s Guitarist magazine named Chambers as “One of the top 50 blues guitarists of the last century.” Guitar Player Magazine did a full page feature story on Sean in February, 2012, and the same month Vintage Guitar Magazine ran a two page feature story. Sean is currently touring in support of his newest CD release, “Trouble & Whiskey.”