It's Music Down by the River Side This Summer; Concertgoers Can Arrive by Land, "Sea" and Bicycle Trail as Freeport Hosts Another Summer of Monthly Musical Performances at Riverside Drive Park. [Derived Headline]

By Rutkoski, Rex | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 4, 2017 | Go to article overview

It's Music Down by the River Side This Summer; Concertgoers Can Arrive by Land, "Sea" and Bicycle Trail as Freeport Hosts Another Summer of Monthly Musical Performances at Riverside Drive Park. [Derived Headline]


Rutkoski, Rex, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Concertgoers can arrive by land, "sea" and bicycle trail as Freeport hosts another summer of monthly musical performances at Riverside Drive Park.

Soul Raydio kicks it off at 7 p.m. June 9. Murphy's Music Center Big Band, an Alle-Kiski Valley institution, follows July 14, and Makin' Changes bookends the series Aug. 11.

"To me, it is the most amazing experience to relax along the Allegheny River and listen to great musicians performing in our vintage gazebo," says Mary Bowlin, secretary of the organizing Freeport Renaissance Association. "There is plenty of room. It is not crowded or congested. The Freeport Community Boat Dock has been placed in the river so it is ready to welcome recreational watercraft of all sizes to enjoy the entertainment. Free docking and free entertainment in Freeport ... it doesn't get any better!"

Cyclists on the Butler-Freeport Trail can just make the ride across the Freeport Veterans Bridge and head to the river to enjoy the concerts.

"The atmosphere is relaxing. It is a wonderful place to wind down at the end of the week," Bowlin says. "The gazebo was built in 1999 to house entertainment and so we are very proud to be continuing in line with that mission."

Soul Raydio drummer Coley Ward says his New Kensington-Pittsburgh group enjoyed playing Freeport's September by the River festival last fall and is looking forward to performing by the river again this summer.

Music lovers are in for a treat, says Lou Downard, who books the bands for the annual Rockin' Roosevelt and Band Blast concerts in Arnold and New Kensington, respectively.

"They're a very high energy funk/soul band," he says. "They have played at several blues competitions in Memphis the past several years. …

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