POMEROY — While the temperature stood in the high nineties and there was no evening breeze to be found, it didn’t seem to bother the large audience that gathered in Pomeroy’s riverfront amphitheater Friday night to hear the Mississippi Soul Blues Man Johnny Rawls.
They brought their folding chairs, their soft cushions and their cold drinks and settled in for the concert.
Rawls, accompanied by the Mudford Blues Band, kicked off the annual free Rhythm on the River concert series sponsored by the Pomeroy Blues and Jazz Society. Concerts will be held at 8 p.m. every Friday night through Aug. 10, with the exception of July 27 when the Big Bend Blues Bash will be holding a rock show.
The concert by Athens Jazztet scheduled for June 29 was cancelled after the major storm struck Meigs County. Jackie Welker, Pomeroy B&J Society president, announced that the group will be rescheduled for a performance sometime later this month.
Since the amphitheater was nearly full for the concert, and most of the seating space on the parking lot stage was taken, spectators perched on the stone wall overlooking the stage to listen to the music. Several boats were docked at the levee while others just pulled in close to enjoy the show.
The Gas House Gorillas will take the stage at 8 p.m. this Friday night. The rhythm and blues band hails from New York City and has been described as providing a “non-stop musical romp.” They are known for involving the audience in their antics. When it comes to styles of music for the Gorillas it’s everything from rock and roll to gypsy swing.
All evening long at every concert there are a few concessionaires on site to provide cold drinks and other refreshments.