2012 RiverCity Music Festival


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KBOO is a proud media sponsor for the 2012 RiverCity Music Festival

Tommy Emmanuel/Rodney Crowell headline RiverCity Music Festival,

Jan. 6-8, 2012




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 www.brownpapertickets.com or www.rivercitybluegrass.com.


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, one of Australia’s most respected musicians, is this year’s headliner. The legendary guitarist has a professional career that spans five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world.

Grammy award winning artist Rodney Crowell will be performing on Saturday night.
A very few of Rodney’s favorites include Now and Then There’s a Fool Such as I, Elvira, I Ain’t Living Long Like This, Stars On The Water, Shame On The Moon. He has just released his new CD, Sex and Gasoline to rave reviews.

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.

This year’s festival features: 

-          15 national acts and many regional performers

-          Two large stages: The Grand Ballroom seating 1,600 and the Mt. St. Helens Room seating 600.

-          Performances and dances in the bar, with seating for 250

-          Two full-service restaurants

-          Plenty of room for jamming, listening, visiting – and 320 rooms so visitors can sneak off for a nap between shows 

In addition, the festival offers

-          The Chick Rose School of Bluegrass, a free one-day program for kinds 7 to 17

-          A Friday night dance

-          A Saturday night square dance with favorite caller Bill Martin

-          Workshops taught by the masters, including Tommy Emmanuel

-          Instrument and craft vendors 

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