Ready… Set… BLOG! River City Music Festival 2012

Posted: October 25, 2011 in Uncategorized
Red Lion On The River
Contact: Christine Palmer, RiverCity Music Festival (a 501(3)(c)
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Tommy Emmanuel headlines RiverCity Music Festival, Jan. 6-8
Portland — The popular RiverCity Music Festival, born the RiverCity Bluegrass Festival, has evolved, matured – and gotten even better. The festival, scheduled Jan. 6 – 8, 2012, at The Red Lion at Jantzen Beach, offers one of the most exciting and eclectic collection of musicians ever to perform in a single Portland weekend.
Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. The legendary guitarist has a professional career that spans five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy’s unique style – he calls it simply “finger style” – is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays all that – and more – on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try this “fingerpicker” style as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel’s biggest fans.
Now in its seventh year, the RiverCity Music Festival has developed into an eagerly anticipated weekend filled with national bands of so many genres that if you were to give it a theme, it would probably be just exceptionally good live music.
In addition to acclaimed bluegrass performers (The Boxcars, Steep Canyon Rangers, young prodigy Sierra Hull and Hwy. 111, Jim Lauderdale, The Peter Rowan Band), the festival has musicians from the top of other musical genres.

These include: Hot Club of Cowtown, one of the hottest swing bands today from the Austin area, David Lindley, a combination of American folk, blues and bluegrass, who before forming his own band El Rayo-X, was the featured accompanist for Jackson Browne. Plus Geoff Muldaur and the Texas Sheiks, featuring Jim Kweskin and including premier steel player Cindy Cashdollar. See a complete list of musicians below.

Dates: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, January 6, 7 & 8, 2012

Location: Red Lion On The River (Jantzen Beach), Portland, OR

Hours: Friday, Doors at 4 pm, Music starts at 5 pm. Saturday: Doors at 10 am, Music begins at 11a m and goes ‘til midnight. On Sunday, doors open at 10 am, music starts at 11 am and ends at 6 pm.

Tickets: Weekend Pass: $130. Friday night passes are $35.00. All-day Saturday passes are $55. All day Sunday passes are $45. Children under 12 are free, 12 through 17 are $12 per day. Available on or

  1. Looks like a great lineup again for this year. I am really anxious to hear what some of those great names are doing now.
    The Red Lion is a wonderful venue for this great festival. We had so much fun last year.
    Like your theme for this year- Exceptionally Good Live Music!

  2. Hey Michael, great to hear from you. Welcome to River City Blogging 2012. Looking forward to your feedback and contributions on “all things River City”. Let’s get some great discussions started.

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