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Riverfest Concerts 2018

2018 Riverfest Concert Lineup

Now that the music lineup for the 2018 Riverfest has been announced, you might be unfamiliar with one or more of the names on the list. It’s another awesome lineup this year, so here’s your chance to get to know the artists playing this year’s festival in our Riverfest Headliners Guide.

This Year's Headliners include: The Revolution, Matisyahu, Stephen Marley, Liz Phair, ZZ Ward, Cypress Hill, Randy Houser, Trampled By Turtles, Hawthorne Heights and more!

Headliner Schedule:
Friday, June 1:Twilight Pops, Hawthorne Heights
Saturday, June 2:
Matisyahu and Stephen Marley, La Raza Fest
Sunday, June 3: Randy Houser, Trampled by Turtles 
Monday, June 4: Gospelfest, Lukas Nelson
Tuesday, June 5: Festival of Broadway, Military Salute
Wednesday, June 6: Cypress Hill, Ringer Star
Thursday, June 7: ZZ Ward
Friday, June 8: Liz Phair, Chroma Paint Party
Saturday, June 9: 
The Revolution, Fiesta Del Rio

For all Riverfest 2018 concerts, dates, showtimes and locations check out our Riverfest Event Calendar

Headliner Playlist

Check out this YouTube Playlist we put together of this year's headliners!

The Revolution

Who - Prince’s former band in the 1980s is back on the road with the original lineup.
Hometown - Minneapolis, MN
Genre - Funk/R&B/Pop
Best Known Songs - “Purple Rain” “When Doves Cry” “Kiss”
Bio Excerpt - “Aside from three sold-out shows at the famous Minneapolis venue, First Avenue, the birthplace of Purple Rain, The Revolution has been quietly pondering its next steps.

"The concerns were how many dates, what would the fans want, and what do we do as a band to heal?" said Wendy. "Soon the answer became crystal clear -- bring everyone together in the spirit of love and music.” -facebook.com

Morris Day & The Time

Who - R&B band best known as the foil to Prince in “Purple Rain” and known for the flamboyant style of singer Morris Day with valet Jerome in tow.
Hometown - Minneapolis, MN
Genre - R&B
Best Known Songs - “Jungle Love” “The Bird” “Jerk Out”
Bio Excerpt - "What time is it?" Ain't nobody bad like me.... Yeeeees!!!” -facebook.com

Cypress Hill

Who - Hip Hop group best known for their string of of 90s hits and being the first Latino rap superstars.
Hometown - Los Angeles, CA
Genre - Hip Hop
Best Known Songs “Insane in the Brain” “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That” “How I Could Just Kill a Man”
Bio Excerpt - “Cypress Hill were notable for being the first Latino hip-hop superstars… their slow, rolling bass-and-drum loops pioneered a new, stoned funk that became extraordinary influential in ’90s hip-hop — it could be heard in everything from Dr. Dre’s G-funk to the chilly layers of English trip-hop.” -cypresshill.com

Stephen Marley

Who - Son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Stephen Marley grew up performing in Jamaica and has become an international reggae star in his own right.
Hometown - Wilmington, DE - Kingston, Jamaica
Genre - Reggae
Best Known Songs “Rock Stone” “Tight Ship” “So Strong”
Bio Excerpt - “After spending many years in the background as a producer, and backing big brother Ziggy as a Melody Maker, Stephen finally became a solo artist, releasing the albums Mind Control (2007), "Mind Control Acoustic" (2008), "Revelation Part I: The Root of Life" (2011), and "Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life" (2016). His first three solo albums won Grammy awards for Best Reggae Album, adding to the three Grammy awards he had already won as a member of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers and the two other Grammy awards he earned for producing younger brother Damian's albums Halfway Tree and Welcome to Jamrock." -wikipedia.org


Who - Style-blending rapper fusing Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock, and beatboxing.
Hometown - Brooklyn, NY
Genre - Reggae/Hip-Hop/Rock
Best Known Songs - “One Day” “King Without a Crown” “Live Like a Warrior”
Bio Excerpt  - “Matisyahu fuses the contemporary styles of reggae, rap, beatboxing, and hip-hop in general, with the more traditional vocal disciplines of jazz's scat singing and Judaism's hazzan style of songful prayer.” -wikipedia.org

Liz Phair

Who - Grammy-award winning 90s alt-rocker best known for her album Exile in Guyville.
Hometown - New Haven, CT
Genre - Alternative Rock
Best Known Songs - “Why Can’t I?” “Supernova” “Polyester Bride”
Bio Excerpt - “Her 1993 debut studio album Exile in Guyville was released to acclaim; it has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Phair has sold nearly three million records worldwide and had two Grammy nominations. More than two decades after the release of her debut, Phair's influence over female voices in alternative music can still be felt today.” -facebook.com

Randy Houser

Who - Nashville singer/songwriter with a string of hits to his credit both for himself and other artists as well.
Hometown - Lake, MS
Genre - Country
Best Known Songs - “Goodnight Kiss” “How Country Feels” “Runnin’ Outta Moonlinght”
Bio Excerpt - “And since the release of How Country Feels, critics have echoed those claims in reviews, with MSN writing “Houser is hands down one of the best male vocalists in Nashville,” and quoting Dierks Bentley as saying, “It’s kind of ridiculous how good of a singer he is.”  -facebook.com

ZZ Ward

Who - Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist bringing blues-rock into the 21st century.
Hometown -  Roseburg, OR
Genre - Blues/Rock/R&B
Best Known Songs - “Put the Gun Down” “Last Love Song” “Ride”
Bio Excerpt - “The Fedora-rocking, guitar-shredding, harmonica-wielding blues siren peppered an old back porch musical recipe with hip-hop urgency and hashtaggable wisdom…” -zzward.com

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Who - Lukas, the son of Willie Nelson, and his band Promise of the Real have a soulful rock energy.
Hometown - Venice, CA
Genre - Rock/Country Rock
Best Known Songs - “Find Yourself” “Georgia” “Sit Me Down on a Cloud”
Bio Excerpt - “Coming of age in a celebrated musical family, Lukas Nelson learned early on that true originality is hard won, never given. Doubtlessly blessed with a measure of musical ability, it’s clear that his natural gifts have been honed by a singular devotion to craft and a deep appreciation for the sacrifice a creative life requires.” -lukasnelson.com

Save Ferris

Who - Orange County 90s ska-punkers led by the powerful vocals of Monique Powell.
Hometown - Los Angeles, CA
Genre - Ska/Punk/Pop/Swing
Best Known Songs - “Come on Eileen” “The World is New” “ Sorry My Friend”
Bio Excerpt - “Lead by the inimitable front-woman Monique Powell, the band enjoyed mainstream success in the late 1990s with radio hits, constant touring and appearances on a variety of television shows and movies.” -wikipedia.org

Trampled by Turtles

Who - Modern Bluegrass combined with folk elements featuring guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo and fiddle.
Hometown - Deluth, MN
Genre - Indie Folk/Bluegrass
Best Known Songs - “You Wait So Long” “Midnight on the Interstate” “Alone”
Bio Excerpt - “There is something generous about the way they play. They make room for each other, they serve the song, yet at times seem to ride the chaotic edge of stringed oblivion. It is the sound of joy; the kind of joy that the truth gives you, even when it's a hard thing to hear.” - Alan Sparhawk, Producer” -facebook.com


Who - Alt-rockers from the 90s with roots in the 80s band Camper Van Beethoven wrote a string of rock-radio hits.
Hometown - Richmond, VA
Genre - Rock/Country Rock
Best Known Songs - “Low” “Euro Trash Girl” “Teen Angst”
Bio Excerpt - “Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Cofounders Lowery and Hickman have been at it for almost a quarter of a century – amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe” -facebook.com

Hawthorne Heights

Who - 2000s screamo rockers bring high-energy rock with introspective lyrics and vocals.
Hometown - Dayton, OH
Genre - Rock/Emo/Post-Hardcore
Best Known Songs - “Ohio is for Lovers” “ Saying Sorry” “Niki FM”
Bio Excerpt - “The band found success with both of their first two albums, their 2004 release, The Silence in Black and White, and their 2006 album, If Only You Were Lonely, both achieving Gold certification.Their second album additionally peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard's Independent Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 charts.” -wikipedia.org

John P Kee

Who - Charlotte-based pastor and renown gospel singer who started recording in the late 1980s.
Hometown - Durham, NC
Genre - Gospel
Best Known Songs - “Oh How Wondrous” “Level Next” “Standing in the Need”
Bio Blurb - “Kee says that it was during a trip to Michigan with his choir that he received a calling from God to be a preacher. Kee was in his mid-twenties when he became an ordained minister. In 1995, while ministering in Ohio, he received a prophetic vision and went forward with the building of a Fellowship Center in Charlotte which could minister to the people in the community. He officially founded the New Life Fellowship Center where he became and remains the senior pastor. The church is located in the same area where he had once led a life of crime and drugs.” -wikipedia.org

Ringer Starr

Who - Ringo Starr tribute singer Mike Callahan performs hits from the Beatles drummer’s catalog.
Hometown - Detroit, MI
Genre - Tribute/Classic Rock
Best Known Songs - “It’ Don’t Come Easy” With a Little Help from My Friends” “Octopus’s Garden”
Bio Excerpt - “I felt like my musical career, as small as it is, has been preparing me for this time in my life, to join the ranks and be a part of the many great people and Beatle tribute artists who are doing their part to keep the Ringo and Beatles legacy alive for generations to come.” -tributeartistringo.com


Who - KC-based “talk rock” trio has toured the world and is self-described as “a near perfect balance of what words and music are supposed to be.”
Hometown - Kansas City, MO
Genre - Spoken Word Rock
Best Known Songs - “Wooden Heart” “Falling in Love with Glaciers” “Seabelt Hands”
Bio Excerpt - “No one knows you like they do and no other band can describe how you feel like they can.  They have captured just the right words and just the right sounds and pinned on them all of our deepest emotions, our greatest fears, our toughest challenges, and our unbridled hopes.  This is a group that sticks close to your heart no matter where you go, who you’re with, or how you feel. “ -iamlistener.com

Ashley McBryde

Who - Nashville-based country singer/songwriter brings “timeless tone” and an “eye for the truth.”
Hometown - Mammoth Spring, AR
Genre - Country
Best Known Songs - “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” “Bible and a .44” “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”
Bio Excerpt - “Dubbed as one of Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need To Know," citing she's "an Arkansas red-clay badass, with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert," McBryde fearlessly lays it all on the line, and it's that honest all-in approach that has led to NPR critic Ann Powers to ask if McBryde could be "among the first post-Stapleton country stars?" -facebook.com


Who - Hawaii-based Pop-Reggae singer leading a talented seven-piece band with the mission to “share a positive message.”
Hometown - Kaneohe, HI
Genre - Reggae/Pop-Reggae
Best Known Songs - “You Won’t Be Alone” “Sensi Boy” “Don’t Take My Ganja”
Bio Excerpt - “Hirie is a lifestyle choice, it’s about healing the body, the mind, and the spirit. Our fans and our band are always saying ‘let’s get HIRIE,’ it’s a way to detach from the painful complexities of the world, and bask in joyous energy,” says the band’s lead singer and sage who has taken the band’s namesake for her own.” -facebook.com


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