David Shaw, the leader of New Orleans-based band the Revivalists, wears his Hamilton roots on his sleeve. He is the driving force behind the second incarnation of the Big River Get Down on Saturday, a day-long festival at RiversEdge Amphitheater next to the Great Miami River in downtown Hamilton.
Shaw will play a solo set at 9 p.m. before the Revivalists headline the evening
Other artists include the Wild Feathers, Maggie Koerner, the Temperance Movement, Marcus King Band, Trongone Band and special guest Roosevelt Collier.
“A city like Hamilton has a rich history filled with a lot of interesting characters, twists and turns,” Shaw says in a release for the event. “I can’t wait to see what the future holds for both the city of Hamilton and the Big River Get Down. We’re in this together.”
The Revivalists have built a solid following with their three albums and heavy touring schedule. Last year’s “Men Amongst Mountains” debuted at No. 2 on the Alternative Albums chart and the band has been as one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists to Know.”
The gate opens at noon, music starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 ($20 in advance). Information: 513-785-7915; bigrivergetdown.com.
Broussard adds to weekend’s gumbo
The bayou flavor continues Saturday night when Louisiana singer-songwriter Marc Broussard opens the Cincy Music Series at St. Xavier High School Performance Center in Finneytown. Broussard’s five albums reflect an eclectic roster of influences from Stevie Wonder and John Hiatt to New Orleans royalty such as Dr. John.
The Cincy Music Series is the new name for the long-running presentation of the Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society led by Pete Ellerhorst. Its season runs through May and features artists like Sierra Hull and Mike Farris. Tickets are $0 and $35. Information: 513-570-0652.
New music bonanza arrives Friday
True fans will find something they like in the records that arrive on Friday. Highlights include tributes to the Beatles with a collection culled from three concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and ’65 to new package of the Ramones 1976 self-titled debut includes three CD, an LP and a book.
Here’s what I like the best:
Daniel Lanois, “Goodbye to Language”: The producer of such standout work like Emmylou Harris’ “WreckingBall” is always unorthodox and fascinating on his own albums as well.
St. Paul & the Broken Bones, “Sea of Noise”: Their 2014 debut, “Half the City,” was one of my favorite albums of the year and buzz surrounding this only adds to the anticipation.
Jack White, “Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016”: I admit that I admire his music more than I enjoy it if that makes any sense. But I’m a sucker for these kind of box sets where you can start at the beginning and follow the dots to the finished products.
Wilco, “Schmilco”: Jeff Tweedy has done little wrong in his career, so I can’t imagine he will start now. This is one of those groups where I am a completist.
Elise Davis, “The Token”: The Nashville chanteuse, who played a great show at the Woodward Theater last week, lays bare the thoughts, emotions and experiences that a 27-year-old woman with a vivid imagination and musical talent can conjure.
Matt Butler, “Reckless Son”: A singer-songwriter who cites Jason Isbell’s “Southeastern” as a “revelation” is either setting himself up to fail or trying to cross a high bar. Butler isn’t Isbell, but if he continues to study and learn, he will be something just fine: Matt Butler.