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RiverFeast ft. The Strumbellas

w/ Jason Spooner
Presented by 92.5 the River

Benefiting the Greater Boston Food Bank
Saturday, November 9 | 6PM

Reserved Seating: $100
VIP Seating: $135
+ $3 Additional Day of Show

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About RiverFeast

It's the 16th Annual RiverFeast benefit concert, presented by 92.5 the River and their sponsors. Located at the Blue Ocean Music Hall and Event Center, this event features a cocktail reception, silent auction, harvest-themed buffet dinner, and great music from a headlining artist! All net proceeds benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank, whose mission is to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts.


About The Strumbellas

As the front man of The Strumbellas, Simon Ward can attest that balancing work and family life ain't easy. Over the past few years, the musician spent a great deal of time touring with the indie rock sextet, traversing the globe and delivering standout performances at festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. The other side of the coin, for Ward, is a bustling home in small town Canada with his wife and three young children. His constantly juxtaposed life is the thread that weaves its way through the fourth studio album, with Rattlesnake, a collection of sleek, bright songs that elevate their sound to frenzied new heights. 

Rattlesnake, released March 29, 2019 via Glassnote, is a testament to Ward's personal growth and evolution as told through nine emboldened tracks. The album, recorded on the band's home turf in Kingston and Toronto, Ontario, is a musical step forward from the to-the-rafters scrappy folk aesthetic of their earlier work. For the album, The Strumbellas, made up of Ward (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), David Ritter (keys), Jeremy Drury (drums/percussion), Isabel Ritchie (strings), Jon Hembrey (electric guitar) and Darryl James (bass), teamed up with producer Tim Pagnotta (Walk the Moon, Elle King) and co-producer Brian Phillips, with the goal to capture the electricity of their live show with a decidedly more stylistic upbeat bent.

Lead single "Salvation" crackles with an aerobic gallop, and is already gaining traction on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. Elsewhere on Rattlesnake, they keep the energy sustained with the breezy dust up "Running Scared (Desert Song)," which Ritter describes as "desert folk," while the chugging "We Were Young" is a love letter from Ward to his wife. But The Strumbellas also have a more melancholy meditative side, too, scaling back the swelling theatrics for the wistful acoustic guitar-strummed "The Party" and heart-eyed closer jam "All My Life."

The Strumbellas, coming off of a banner few years, show no sign of their stride shortening. The group released Hope in 2016, which spawned the massive hit "Spirits,". The single hit No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and made sizable dents in Germany, Canada, Italy and France. Amid touring the world, they won the iHeartRadio Music award for Best New Alternative Rock Artist of the Year in 2017, and collected the JUNO Award for Single of the Year ahead of Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes.



Special Guest: Jason Spooner


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