July 24, 2008

Hamburg to Host Free Music Festival

By Maria Herne, Republican & Herald, Pottsville, Pa.

Jul. 24--HAMBURG -- This weekend, Hamburg will host the Riverside Rhythms festival, an original, all-day, free community music festival that will feature eight local and regional bands.

The concert, which will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Hamburg Community Park, is being sponsored by the Our Town Foundation and local businesses.

Mary Domsicz, events coordinator for the Hamburg Our Town Foundation, said the original idea was to provide local musicians a venue to perform and music lovers a relaxing and free opportunity to enjoy good music.

Riverside Rhythms resulted from multiple requests from Hamburg's students and residents for a "music in the park" festival, she said.

"The Hamburg Area Arts Alliance took on this endeavor with the help of Kevin Shire, a local photographer and regional band promoter," Domsicz said. "This festival may not have fancy vendor stands, crafter booths, or elaborate decorations ... but it does offer good, free rock music -- and lots of classics as well as original tunes.

The bands are donating their time to play at the concert, she added.

"For their love of music, and as a thanks to their local supporting fans," she said.

Bands that will appear include Road to Nowhere, At Our Worst, Bye Polar, Butternut Mungus, Mercy Nation, Mike Narvaez, The Suns of Ivy and possible others to be announced later.

Light food will be available for purchase at the concession stands and some bands may sell their own merchandise.

Several local businesses helped sponsor the sound system including Freedom Toyota, Port Clinton Hotel, Cross Keys Insurance, Ridge Line Tree Service and Muller's Rare Coins & Fine Jewelry.

"Thanks to their financial contributions and the time donated by the participating bands, this event is able to be admission-free," Domsicz said.


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