POMEROY — The last in the series of the free Rhythm on the River concert series will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Grady Champion, a blues singer and harmonica player born in rural Canton, Miss. will be the performer. His repertoire is said to be on the modern side with songs relying heavily on the social commentary of today’s world.
He was a recent winner of the International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tenn., which is the largest blues event in the world. Champion is heralded as one of the brighter beacons in the future of blues music.
The free concerts are a part of the Pomeroy Blues and Jazz Society’s contribution to the community. They are held every summer for six weeks with performances in the riverfront amphitheater at 8 p.m. on Friday nights. They are all free. The only summer program sponsored by PB&J Society which has an admission charge is the Blues Bash which is held the last weekend in July.
This year’s music series, the 12th annual event, began on June 29. The programming featured such Blues singers as Johnny Rawls, the Gas House Gorillas, Clarence Spady and Gizzae, with each one drawing a large crowd of blues fans. The Athens Jazztet was the one “rained out” concert scheduled was for performance.