River Jam: Two Awesome Days of Free Music

By on 13 May, 2014 in Food, Fun, Kate and Stephen, Music with 0 Comments

If you aren’t heading down to Gulf Shores this weekend for the Hangout Festival, you can still stay here in town and hear some outstanding live music performed by world-class musicians. Oh, and by the way, it doesn’t cost you anything. We sometimes complain about live music offerings in our town, but if you can’t get up and shake it out when the keyboardist for the Rolling Stones comes to town, there’s something wrong with you.

River Jam, a two-day free music festival co-presented by the always-fun Alabama Roots Music Society, opens Friday at the Montgomery Riverfront with local bands and then expands Saturday night with a show headlined by Chuck Leavell, a former member of the Allman Brothers Band who has played keyboards with the Rolling Stones for more than 30 years.

Chuck Leavell

Chuck Leavell

Music starts at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Train Shed with local bands Wishbone, Souled Out, and Brandon Self and the Outlaw Revival. The festival moves to the Riverfront Amphitheater on Saturday.

We’re as excited for the local talent as we are for the internationally-known headliner. It’s always fun to see top talent and be able to say that you knew them when they were only local or regional draws. Blues artist AJ Ghent hits the stage at 4:30 p.m. as the River Bend Brew Fest is starting to conclude. Ghent will be followed by Rosco Bandana, an Americana band from Gulfport, that was a highlight of the 2013 River Jam. Atlanta jazz artist Reggie Hines performs next and then Leavell concludes the festival with his jazz and blues piano.

You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food and beverages will be available from vendors both nights.


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