2016 Rivers Rock A Huge Success

2016 Rivers Rock A Huge Success

Savannah Came Down With The Winter Blues Last Saturday…

Robert Lee ColemanAnd no one seemed to mind.  Concert-goers danced the night away at the Liberty St. Knights of Columbus to the incredible sounds of local and regional blues acts.

Savannah’s own Missionary Blues kicked off the night featuring our very own board chair, Mike English, on guitar and Sista Rae Rae wailing on the harmonica.  In setting up this event, Macon-native Sista Rae Rae used her hometown contacts to bring aboard the next two acts.

Big Mike & the Booty Papas took the stage next.  This two-time Grammy nominated band from Macon backed up its professional reputation with a performance that may best be described as a soulful romp.  As the band played on, the dance floor became more and more crowded.

Then came Robert Lee Coleman himself backed by the Night Owls.  A legend in his own right, Robert’s mastery of the guitar feels absolutely ageless.  As his notes electrified the very air, it felt like an honor just to be in the same room with such an artist.  And the crowd danced on.

RLC & the Night Owls

While the crowd danced on, the band played on – well past the scheduled 10pm stop time for the show.  The evening truly reached its climax as the instruments on stage transformed into revolving doors that saw musicians wandering into and out of a lengthy, impromptu jam session.  By the end of the evening, the night’s revelers bounced, walked, and stumbled out of the concert hall with goofy grins spread wide across nearly every face.  Who knew the Winter Blues were this much fun?

We have a lot of incredible people to thank

Big Mike & the Booty PapasSo many people helped make this evening a huge success.  First, we must thank a special group of people, without whose support, we could not have thrown such a great party.  A heartfelt thank you to all of our generous table sponsors – Cliff Cannon, M.D./Cannon Plastic & Reconstructive SurgeryCharlie CorteseFrank IezziFred & Harley Krinsky/Lookin Good PropertiesMcCorkle & Johnson, LLP/Mathew McCoyRhett MouchetJacqueline & Ken SirlinQueensborough National Bank & Trust, and Wells Anderson Construction – as well as our half-table sponsors – John HarveyMark Lemcke, and Savannah Rocks in honor of Bill Avila.

Missionary Blues with Sista Rae Rae
Next, a big thank you to all of the bands – Missionary BluesBig Mike & the Booty Papas, and Robert Lee Coleman & the Night Owls – for putting on such an amazing show.  Thanks also to our special guest performers, Roger MossLaVerne Smith, and Rhett Mouchet.  Special thanks to Micah GoodmanMichael Maher, and Sista Rae Rae of Missionary Blues for donating their time for this benefit concert.  And a big thank you to Greg Black of Black Hammond for bringing and playing the Hammond B3 organ which was such a treat.
Crowd1Nearing the end of our list, we want to thank all of our wonderful ORK volunteers – GerryHannahJaclyn, Kelly, Kirsten Parent (who is also an At-Large Board Member), and Russell – for all of the help with set-up, tickets, merchandise, and clean-up.  We especially want to thank Andrew and Ann Hartzell for all of the help and hospitality they offered to make this night happen and Molly Hayden for all of the lovely pictures.   Special thanks are also in order for Stephen George and the Knights of Columbus for giving us a great rate on such a perfect venue.
Lastly, we want to send out an earnest thank you to our Board Chair, Mike English, for pulling nearly all of this together.  Thanks again to all of these remarkable people.  We can’t wait to see what next year has in store!