Red Hot and Blues Weekend at Rhythm on the River

Mark May

POMEROY — The 16th annual Rhythm on the River Summer Music Series continues in Pomeroy at 8 p.m. Friday at the Riverside Amphitheater (101 Main St.) in historic, downtown Pomeroy.

The Rhythm on the River series runs consecutive Fridays through July 17 and culminates with the Big Bend Blues Bash on July 24-25. Admission is free.

This event features Ohio’s own Mark May Band. As a former guitarist and vocalist for Dickey Betts and Great Southern, Mark May crafts songs of traditional blues, blues-rock and soulful ballads. Perfecting his craft playing biker bars and blues clubs in Houston for more than 20 years, Mark recently returned to his hometown of Columbus. His live shows feature twin leads and dual harmony guitar work that accompany May’s vocals.

The Mark May Band has performed at Telluride Blues and Brews, Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, King Biscuit, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Dallas International Guitar Show, Chenango Blues Festival, Lone Star Rally, Dogs on Hawgs, Houston International Festival, House Of Blues-Houston, and was the opening act for Allman Brothers Amphitheater Tour in 1997 and 1998.

May currently gets heavy rotation on Sirius/XM and Sonic Tap radio. He has been featured in Blues Review, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Vintage Guitar, Tone Quest and other major publications.