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Riverrock musical lineup announced

February 6, 2013 11:38am

The Sports Backers announced yesterday the musical lineup for the fifth annual Dominion Riverrock to be held May 17-19.

On Friday, May 17th Soulive will kick off the weekend at 7:30 p.m. followed by Lettuce at 9 p.m. On Saturday, May 18th, the two headliners will be Anders Osborne at 7 p.m. and Grammy-nominee Toots & The Maytals at 9 p.m.  All concerts are free and open to the public.

Credit: Sonya Iverson

Soulive, a soul-jazz organ trio of guitarist Eric Krasno, drummer Alan Evans and keyboardist Neal Evans, will bring blistering solos and grooves that don’t quit to the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17 to kick off the festival weekend. In their 13 years together, Soulive has followed the muse in the direction of hip-hop, R&B, blues and rock.  Immediately following Soulive, the seven-piece Brooklyn-based juggernaut Lettuce will take over the stage. These modern day rulers of old school funk will bring a decidedly raging slab of relentless groove, hyper-charged syncopation and psychedelicized soul anthems to Dominion Riverrock.  New Orleans’ Anders Osborne will be the first headliner to perform on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Osborne’s music ranges from muddy backwater blues to upbeat country rock, and fills in many of the gaps in between.

Five-time Grammy nominee Toots & The Maytals will take the stage at 9 p.m. on Saturday evening. Toots Hibbert is one of the great voices of Jamaica; a legend whose career spans every development in Jamaican music, from ska through rock-steady to reggae. Toots and the Maytals have helped to chart the course of Jamaican music . The combination of great reggae rhythms, heartfelt vocals, and soulful gospel influence remains potent and powerful.

 In addition to four major headliners, the Dominion Riverrock music schedule features local and regional talent. For more go to www.dominionriverrock.com

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?