The weather will sometimes trick you into thinking the day will remain grey, but just then the sun comes out to play. It wasn’t any different at RiverScene June 1-3 Featuring over 60+ bands, local art, eats, and brews in 2018 at Wenonah park in Bay City, Mi.
The inspiration that is conjured at events in the area is IMPERATIVE to the growth of the scene. I attended as a fam, an artist, journalist, and a contributor.
Why? Showing up for the scene is number one, and contributing is number 2, together they create a natural flow of networking and relativity. People support such events for the opportunities to experience their local culture, with one another, in the open air.
RiverScene did an amazing job being prepared to entertain, include, and benefit the local community. The efforts of humans to bring out the culture of a local area do not go un noticed. If you walked around in the crowds you heard murmurs about “how awesome this is to have in Bay City” and I hope this happens every year.
WE NEED THESE MANIFESTATIONS OF OUR LOCAL CULTURE.
As an attendee to the show, my favorite set was Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers, by far.
Not only was the set passionately, and with expertise presented to the crowd, the intimacy was emotional. Joe Hertler took it to himself to answer to seemingly serendipitous roar for an encore, or more specifically “ONE MORE SONG!” Joe then approached the front of the stage and said “ there is a noise ordinance issue, but I’m going to play one for you.” and with his unplugged acoustic, he asked us to gather in, and performed a gut-wrenching, and soul clenching song, in which the lyrics at one point resonated through the air “i just want to make something beautiful”.
And the was that, that was the moment, the defining moment of the power of gathering for music and arts for me, at RiverScene 2018.
Support your Scene, its magic.
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