Thursday night River Jam series at US National Whitewater Center

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

For those looking to escape daily routine, live music shows and outdoor festivities create a unique atmosphere of relaxation and fun. Join us for the Thursday night River Jam series, there is always something exciting going on at the USNWC.

Play With more than 24 activities, the USNWC creates an outdoor playground for all ages. Activities that include whitewater rafting and kayaking, flatwater kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, zip lines and ropes courses are available to all ages and skill levels. Come during the day and enjoy any of these activities then stay for the evening River Jam.

Thursday Night River Jam: The Thursday night River Jam series runs through September. Listed below is the schedule for June. The River Jam concert starts at 7pm and ends at 10pm. We have several selections for food and beverage. Bring your outdoor chairs and blankets, pull up a spot on the lawn and enjoy the evening.

Earphunk Thursday, June 12

Hailing from the Crescent City, EARPHUNK has emerged as one of the premier jam acts in the Southeast. The quintet has been steadily building a rabid fan base across the United States with their brand of high-energy funk, inspired improvisation, and dynamic stage production.

EARPHUNK has performed in more than 140 cities over the past 12 months, including performances at Wakarusa Music Festival, Bear Creek Music Festival, and The Purple Hatters Ball, and sharing the stage with Galactic, Big Gigantic, Toubab Krewe, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Zoogma, Perpetual Groove, Break Science & Chali 2NA, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and Rubblebucket.

Big Daddy Love Thursday, June 19

Having only been together since the Summer of 2009, Big Daddy Love– founded by high school friends from the rural mountains of Sparta, NC– was just playing a handful of North Carolina markets when they made their first trip to Floyd in 2010, where they won the prestigious “Under The Radar” contest for the best new artist at the large, Virginia festival. The fresh, vital sound and energized performance of this new band simply blew people away, and with the fan-voted award under their belts, Big Daddy Love returned home and began to build their grass roots following in earnest.

Big Daddy Love is a five-piece band with a unique and natural blend of rock, roots and grass that they call ‘Appalachian Rock’. Above the mix, the lead vocals and acoustic guitar accompaniment of their principal songwriter, Scott Moss, command the listener’s attention and call for the harmonies that arise in response. Twin leads of Stratocaster riffs and soaring Allman-esque slide guitar on the one hand, and 5-string Scruggs / Fleck style banjo on the other– like a typical Southern rock line-up, just replacing the second guitar with the banjo– punctuate and emphasize what Moss delivers. These contrasting voices are anchored by a rhythm section that is equally at home in a groove or driving the bus with country, swing, funk or straight ahead rock. Big Daddy Love’s high-energy performances, fueled by this combination of fiery vocals, striking instrumental dynamics that range from bombastic assaults to soothing grooves, have garnered them a strong, passionate following throughout their home region.

L Shape Lot Saturday, June 21

Mixing a healthy amount of musical chops, honest, and creative songwriting, powerful stage presence and well sung four-part harmonies, L Shape Lot creates an original and dynamic Americana sound based in country, rock, bluegrass, and roots/folk music. Their lively sound explores new ground, while still paying homage to their predecessors. L Shape Lot is from Wilmington, NC and consists of four members: Eric Miller (Acoustic guitar, vocals), Alex Lanier (electric, acoustic guitar, vocals) Rick Williams ( 6 string electric bass, upright bass, vocals) and John Kovalski (drums, vocals).

Their high-energy live shows have become a hot ticket at both night clubs and music festivals of all types. This group of veteran musicians has been perfecting their sound for over 10 years. Its genesis was the steady train-like acoustic guitar layered over a sturdy country/bluegrass rhythm section with Eric Miller’s booming baritone roots vocals. But it came into full bloom when Alex Lanier brought his blistering proficiency on both acoustic guitar and a Fender Telecaster to the mix. In 2009, the band completed their second full-length studio release, Looks Like Snow, and earned excellent press and numerous honors including Encore Magazine’s Best Band and The Beat Magazine’s Best Country Band. In 2011, L Shape Lot was invited to perform in the prestigious Under the Radar Series at Virginia’s Floydfest. They were voted winners of the competition and will be returning for a performance on the Dreaming Creek Main Stage at Floydfest XI in July 2012.

So what can you expect at a live L Shape Lot performance? Expect to hear music ranging from solid originals to classic country, to traditional bluegrass, to unique blends of all genres. Expect to dance even if you aren’t good at it. Expect knowledge of and respect for multiple musical genres and a passion for weaving them together. Expect to see four gentlemen with the utmost dedication to professionalism and showmanship having the time of their lives and doing their best to make sure that their audience does the same.

River’s Edge Bar & Grill The River’s Edge Bar & Grill offers a wide selection of food, beer and wine while the patio overlooks our man-made whitewater river, giving restaurant visitors a view of both rafters and kayakers paddling down the Competition Channel while being the ideal way to relax after a day of playing outside.

The Market Featuring several quick-grab options for guests on the go, The Market is the ideal spot to grab refreshments between activities including sandwiches, salads, craft beer, smoothies and more. The outdoor bar is open during special events and concerts and highlights a new featured brewery for draft beer options every other week throughout the summer.

Pump House Biergarten Located on Belmont Abbey Island, the Pump House Biergarten offers twenty craft beers on tap and a variety of made-to-order food options from the USNWC Food Truck with seating overlooking the Competition Channel. The Pump House Pavilion (coming late summer 2014) will add even more craft beer options and a new outdoor grill for River Jam concerts and special events

10 views0 comments