Typically, a Rivertown evening begins around three in the afternoon when members and newcomers begin to show up with their instruments for some informal jamming. At five, a local band will take the stage for a period of open microphone performance. Sometimes two or three bands perform during this hour. Around six, the first hired bands begin to perform. There may be one or two local bands that perform for money and then a better known regional or sometimes national band will perform. Each band will perform two sets of about forty minutes, and the evening often ends with a 50/50 raffle to help defray expenses and a drawing for chances taken on goodies as well as a few door prizes. Admission at Rivertown is $8.00 for members and $10.00 for visitors, although sometimes the rates are higher if there’s a big name national band performing. This week, about 225 paying people showed up for the performance, about half filling the comfortable auditorium which features fine sight lines and good sound.
The Morris Brothers
The Bluegrass Brothers are not noted for their finesse or the subtlety of their play. They feature rough, raw, old time traditional bluegrass. Their repertoire contains standards and songs that have become standards with lots of Country Gentlemen and Seldom Scene covers. Their renditions of “Sharecroppers Son” and “Country Poor, Country Proud” perhaps best express the well from which their repertoire is drawn. The addition of Billy Hurt has enabled them to add a good variety of fiddle tunes to their show, and their “Orange Blossom Special” was rousing, allowing all members of the band to shine. In an interesting show piece, Donald, Steve, and Victor all played bass solos (Donald from the southpaw side) on "Grandfather's Clock" with energy and skill. This band has extended its repertoire in the past couple of years and modulated its tone a bit, but they are a make no apologies, in your face traditional bluegrass band. They know their audience, and their audiences respond appropriately to them.
Will the Circle Be Unbroken?