Friday, July 18th:
5:00 – 6:00 – Kari Lynch Band
With incredible enthusiasm, impressive lead vocal and an exceptional band, Kari Lynch knows how to command a stage with her dynamic presence and exciting, unforgettable performances.
Since establishing her band in 2010, Kari Lynch has been captivating crowds and has become the Midwest’s most talked about and sought after country artist–touring extensively and balancing time between her Michigan home base and music city. “It’s a blur sometimes, but I love it more than anything. I play a string of shows, load out and get right back on the road to Nashville to drive all day or night to make my next songwriting appointment or gig. I’m booking new shows on the way to shows. I live for it. Every moment is spent chasing this dream.”
Her most recent project, “Kari Lynch Band EP” was released in December 2012. The singles, “Sapphire Blues” and “Sincerely, Gone” co-written with lead guitarist, Ryder Jones, quickly gained radio play in regular rotation on many stations. In November 2013, Kari Lynch and her band worked with Michigan based film company, Such Video, to create her first music video for an original song, “Nowhere Now.” The video gathered attention from many media outlets and continues to further Kari Lynch’s establishment as one of Michigan’s most promising acts on the country scene.
6:30 – 8:00 pm – Brinley Addington
Born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee, Brinley Addington’s passion for Country music began well before the small town singer can even remember. At age three, Brinley began climbing on top of his parent’s coffee table pretending he was performing on the Grand Ole Opry. Brinley was influenced early on by the hymns he heard on Sunday morning and the traditional country voices of Randy Travis, Vince Gill, and Alan Jackson. As time went by, Brinley gained inspiration from modern country artists like Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw as well as his parents’ love of bluegrass music. In the fourth grade, a reluctant Brinley was encouraged to enter the school talent show where he performed in front of a crowd for the very first time. At age 12, Brinley began singing at Church where he realized, what he feels to be, God’s plan for his life: making music. One of Brinley’s greatest musical influences came in the form of Josh Turner’s “Your Man” album.
8:30 – 10:00 pm – Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys
There is no experience as true to homegrown American country music as a Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys show. Their electrifying sound hits you like your favorite shot; the words shine through like your best friend recalling a favorite memory. The sheer energy brought by the Grizzlies live show explodes into the audience like a dose of adrenalin.
Combining country and rock, Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys provide a dose of Michigan country built on good times and wanderlust. They transform from an outlaw telling the tale of his horseback journey across America to a genuine patriot giving thanks to our troops. These six young men may be finding their way in the world, but they have truly mastered the formula of simply entertaining their fans in a way that they let loose and dirty up their boots!
9:00 pm – AfterParty on Main Street with Bullhonky Deluxe
After Riverdays closes for the night; the fun continues on Main Street with LIVE MUSIC ON MAIN (9 pm – midnight). Bullhonky Deluxe will preform their “flawless blend of outlaw country, Southern rock and honky-tonk classics”.
Saturday, July 19th:
4:30 – 6:00 pm – Shelagh Brown
Singer/songwriter/performer from good ol’ Kalamazoo, MI, USA. Shelagh has walked hand-in-hand with music since her early childhood and has never been without a performing outlet. She is a lover of country music and takes advantage of her vocal training in classical, jazz, and music theatre styles to create a truly unique and one-of-a-kind country sound!
While Shelagh performs consistently throughout southwest Michigan (with detours to Nashville), she’s also recently had the great opportunity to record with Average Joe’s Nashville artist Josh Gracin! Looking to find a fresh face and new voice, Gracin held a nationwide contest to find a duet partner for his song “Only When It Rains” on his latest album “Redemption”. So, whether it be a summer festival, a rocking’ venue with a great stage, or that favorite hole-in-the-wall, you can count on Shelagh to deliver her music with complete body and soul!
6:30 – 8:00 pm – Kris Hitchcock & Small Town Son
Midwest artist Kris Hitchcock is a blend of rock’n’roll roots and country radio polish. The live show is a movement of energy and passion set to a rust belt rock soundtrack. Working man anthem “American Fire” is climbing from station to station across the midwest, while the American Fire EP is selling on iTunes, Amazon, and out of the box at concerts. On the road with over 200 dates a year across eight states. 2013 ASCAP recipient of Leon Brettler Songwriter Award, ASCAP plus Award, and member of ASCAP’s GPS program for promising writers. Kris has already been a part of some of the biggest festivals in the midwest: B93 Birthday Bash, Detroit Downtown Hoedown and Faster Horses Festival. Also, a part of tours with acts like Kip Moore, Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore and others. Signed with Ryan Beuschel’s “Ol Boy Booking” in 2014.
8:30 – 10:15 pm – Brandon Chase
Country music artist Brandon Chase is nothing shy of a miracle. Only a few days old, Brandon quit breathing 64 times in 12 hours and was told by doctors he could be deaf, blind, mentally impaired, or possibly all three. Not only did the Arlington, TX native not suffer any complications from his childhood, he instead went on to graduate high school at the age of 15. He then completed his masters certificate in songwriting from Berklee College of Music at the age of 17. Brandon taught himself how to play the piano and guitar and has been writing his own original music since the age of 14. Brandon was featured on iTunes “New and Noteworthy” and also “Rising Stars of Country”, following the release of his latest EP “Country Enough”. His most recent achievement was appearing multiple times on season 5 of NBC’s The Voice as a member of Blake Shelton’s team. His debut single “One” hit country radio and all digital outlets on March 4th. It was included in iTunes’ “New and Noteworthy” the day it was released. Brandon is currently recording new music set to release in summer 2014.