Series Shows

The 2017 Live at the Rives Concert Series will total at least six shows.



Fri., May 12, 2017Jarekus Singleton. At just 30 years old, Jarekus Singleton is a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Singleton’s cutting-edge sound—equally rooted in rap, rock and blues traditions—is all his own. He melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice effortlessly moving from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a fresh, electrifying bluesman bursting at the seams with talent.

Born into a family of church musicians and vocalists on July 11, 1984 in Clinton, Mississippi, Jarekus Singleton was immersed in gospel music as a child. Taught by his uncle, Jarekus began playing bass guitar at age nine in his grandfather’s church band. He later switched to lead guitar and began to sharpen his instrumental and vocal skills, falling in love with the music of all three Kings (B.B., Albert and Freddie) as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan, rappers Twista and Jay-Z, and even country artist Brad Paisley. In his late teens, Jarekus pursued a career in basketball, becoming a top-seeded national player in college until an injury took him back to his music full time. For a short period he performed as a rap artist, writing his own lyrics. Before long though, he began combining his rap wordsmithing with the music of his Mississippi heritage, creating a thoroughly modern, masterfully updated take on the blues. In 2009, he formed The Jarekus Singleton Blues Band, quickly building a reputation as a tremendously gifted musician and performer. Jarekus self-released his first CD, Heartfelt, in 2011, and fans and media quickly took notice of these brand new original songs. Three tracks from that CD continue to play in regular rotation on B.B. King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM Radio, the most-listened-to blues radio station in the world.

Originally started as a trio, Turkey Feather Get Together was originally named by an escapee from a retirement home who whilst hoofing it swatted at front man Griffin Haley’s feathered hat and exclaimed “he knows he’s a turkey.” Playing an array of music from funk, rockabilly, blues, roots music, as well as their own originals, TFGT was formed by former Left Hip Pocket members Austin Janey on keys and Griffin Haley on guitar and vocals. After a degree of lineup changes the band formed the rest of its rhythm section from members of other local groups, Willie “Lil Bill” Greene being the drummer for The Les Moore Trio, and Jeff Scearce on bass from The Fatz Band and Natural Ingredients.

Tickets $10 adv // $15 day of show. Available online HERE and at Daily Grind and Rising Sun Breads. Doors 8 pm, opener 8:30 pm.


Previous Series Shows:

Jan. 14 – Dave Jordan & The NIA

Jan. 28 – The Big Payback

– 2016 – 

Jan. 30 – Love Canon

March 18 – The Futurebirds

April 22 – Major & the Monbacks w/ The Southern Belles

May 13 – Bob Margolin & The Nighthawks

June 23 – Stop Light Observations

Sept. 9 – Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes at Shining Star Farm

Oct. 29 – People’s Blues of Richmond + Atlas Road Crew

Nov. 18 – Mipso

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