The Richmond region’s premiere outdoor sporting event, Dominion Riverrock, is back and better than ever before. The fifth annual sports and river life event is being held on Brown’s Island along Richmond’s James River May 17-19, 2013.
Along with sporting events such as biking, mud runs, kayaking, slacklining and even dog events, Riverrock will be a weekend of rhythm and harmony. Local and regional talent as well as some big name Grammy nominees will take to the Riverrock stage with many genres of music, including hip-hop, blues, country rock, ska, R&B, rock and reggae. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Dominion RiverRock music lineup
Friday, May 17
- DJ Mordecai 6:00-7:00 p.m.
- Soulive 7:30-9:00 p.m.
- Lettuce 9:30-11:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 18
- The Trongone Band 1:00-2:00 p.m.
- The New Belgians 2:30-3:30 p.m.
- The Shack Band 4:00-5:00 p.m.
- The Southern Belles 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Anders Osborne 7:00-8:30 p.m.
- Toots & The Maytals 9:00-10:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 19
- William Walter with Tucker Rogers 1:00-2:00 p.m.
- Barrelhouse 2:30-3:30 p.m.
- Photosynthesizers 4:00-5:00 p.m.
The Riverrock headliners
Soulive is a funky, jazzy, soul-inspired trio made up of guitarist Eric Krasno, drummer Alan Evans and keyboardist Neal Evans. Soulive has come up with a wide repertoire of hip-hop, R&B, blues and rock tunes in their 13 years as a trio. Brooklyn-based Lettuce takes to the stage right after Soulive. Modern-day old school funk will bring a shot of groove and psychedelic soul to the Richmond river front.
Saturday night’s first headliner, New Orleans native Anders Osborne, ranges in sound from backwater blues to upbeat country rock, along with many unique sounds and styles in between. Five-time Grammy nominees Toots & The Maytals take to the Riverrock stage as Saturday night's main headliner. Toots Hibbert is a Jamaican legend whose career spans every major development in Jamaican music, including ska, rock-steady and reggae. They offer a powerful combination of reggae rhythms, heartfelt vocals and soulful gospel influences.
Dominion Riverrock, organized by Venture Richmond and the Sports Backers, is the nation’s premier outdoor lifestyle festival. Athletes, spectators, musicians and even dogs flock to Brown’s Island for this three-day festival. Set against the urban river front of Richmond’s James River, Dominion Riverrock features a variety of outdoor sporting events including biking, bouldering, stand-up paddleboarding, trail running, kayaking and more.
Riverrock was designed to promote Richmond’s unique riverfront, downtown trails and whitewater rapids to outdoor enthusiasts. The creation of Riverrock has given a stronger sense of appreciation for the value of outdoor recreation throughout the entire Richmond region. Last year, the National Association of Sports Commissions awarded Dominion Riverrock the “Outstanding Locally Created Event/Program” award.
Richmond was recently named “Best River Town” by Outside Magazine, due largely in part to the Riverrock event and the city’s focus on its urban river front and outdoor opportunities.