Friday evenings, the Big Bend Farmer and Artisan Market starts at 5 p.m., and the music begins at 8 p.m. at the Riverside Amphitheater in downtown Pomeroy, Ohio (See map). All Rhythm on the River concerts are FREE!

Friday, June 25

This St. Lucian Reggae band combines heavenly harmonies with a tight crisp performance. A powerhouse of talent that captures their audiences with their very first note. The Ark Band believes that reggae music is a powerful force that will unite people of all ages, races, abilities and walks of life.

Friday, July 2

Boise-born and Boston-based, Jewell has quickly distinguished herself as one of the rising stars of a new generation of roots musicians. Her albums are astonishingly assured efforts, which match Jewell’s understated yet insightful songs with a rugged blend of Americana styles.

Friday, July 9

The Coal Men’s music is rich, full of melody and hooks, and incredibly entertaining. Songs that tell stories, that convey pain, love, longing, hope and hopelessness. Behind those lyrics, music that is lush and beautiful.

Friday, July 16

From Bop to Cool to Latin, a Jazztet performance evokes the classic two-horn quintets of Miles Davis and Horace Silver while embracing the most durable, standard tunes in the jazz canon alongside more contemporary works by composers such as Wynton Marsalis and Pat Metheny.

Friday, July 23

Given the nickname “The Kid” by his late boss, Chicago Blues Legend, Junior Wells, Castiglia is a blistering Blues guitarist who proves a worthy band leader himself. Gritty vocals and scorching slide guitar punctuate his critically acclaimed performances. In 2009, Castigila’s original tune, Bad Year Blues, was nominated for “Song of the Year” by the Blues Foundation.

Friday, Aug. 6

Known as the “Braille Blues Daddy” and heralded as a “New Orleans Institution,” Lee was once told by Muddy Waters, “Bryan, stay with this. One day you’re going to be a living legend.” Now, more than a quarter-century later, Bryan Lee is one of the most recognizable blues players to call New Orleans home.

Friday, August 13

Davina and the Vagabonds are known in The Twin Cities, Minnesota as being the busiest band in town because of their hard-working professionalism, high energy stage performance, and original sound.

Big Bend Farmer and Artisan Market

Gaining steam into it’s second full season, The Big Bend Farmer and Artisan Market (BBFAM) is a wonderful addition to the Rhythm on the River music series. Founded by Kim Thompson and the Food For Thought Community Market, the BBFAM was created to promote and encourage sustainable agriculture and artisan work in Meigs County and the surrounding Mid-Ohio Valley.