Rhythms on the Rio announces rockin’ lineup for 2023 festival

DEL NORTE — For the second year in a row, Rhythms on the Rio is coming back to Del Norte and with it comes a lineup that is sure to please the music loving masses. The South Fork Music Association recently announced this year’s lineup that features some top names coming to rock the socks off the music scene and jam for a wonderful cause.

For the past several years, Rhythms on the Rio graced the South Fork community with a festival in August, bringing crowds of music lovers from near and far to raise money for local musical programs in schools around the Valley and though the festival had to change locations, the tune still plays the same and helps to keep musical programs in school.

The festival kicks off on Thursday with a special concert in the Del Norte Town Park to close out the summer music program. The Town of Del Norte in partnership with Rhythms on the Rio brought one of the bands from the concert to play for the residents for free and to celebrate the beginning of the weekend-long festival which runs Aug. 4-6.

Friday night gets funky with a touch of good jiving soul with headliners The Motet. According to their bio, “Forming over two decades ago, the funk five-piece The Motet have learned to work as an interlocking unit, with each member bolstering one another towards the best creative output. This symbiosis has led to a unique style and cohesive musical chemistry, as seen in the band’s immaculate live performances and seamless blend of funk, soul, jazz, and rock.”

The festival grounds located just north of Del Norte will be packed with food vendors, craft vendors and even the tie-dye tent will be back. South Fork Music Association coordinator Scott Stecken also confirmed that the morning yoga classes, and other activities will be available throughout the weekend. Stecken is also looking for volunteers to help with the festival which would come with admission to the concerts after a two-to-three-hour shift. Those interested can sign up on the website at https://rhythmsontherio.com.

Saturday night is all about bluegrass and folk music! Headliners for Saturday night are The Kitchen Dwellers and according to their bio, they are full of colorful tunes that will please crowds of all ages. “Kitchen Dwellers twist bluegrass, folk, and rock through a kaleidoscope of homegrown stories, rich mythology, American west wanderlust, and psychedelic hues.”

Sunday closes out with the award-winning Infamous String Dusters. “The Grammy Award-winning quintet — Andy Falco [guitar], Chris Pandolfi [banjo], Andy Hall [dobro], Jeremy Garrett [fiddle], and Travis Book [double bass] — have musical influences that truly run the gamut, but their common denominator is certainly bluegrass — the sound that has in essence defined the course of their career. The Infamous Stringdusters stand out as the rare group who can team up with contemporary artists on late night television one night and headline the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre or perform alongside The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh the next, and have recently emerged as proprietors behind their newly found independent record label, Americana Vibes.”

Other bands that will play throughout the weekend and bring flare and good vibes wherever they go include Cabinet with Larry Keel, The Brothers Comatose, Lindsay Lou, Shinyribs, The Hip Abduction, T-K and the Holy-Know-Nothings and so much more.

For the full lineup and schedule of events, visit https://rhythmsontherio.com.