Rhythms on the Rio – August 4-6, 2023 Del Norte, CO
The South Fork Music Association is a non-profit entity that uses its funds for staging live music concerts for the entire family and promoting music education for children in our community.
Rhythms on the Rio Music Festival is hosted by the South Fork Music Association (SFMA). Venue Location Del Norte, CO near the town park and Rio Grande River. It’s a beautiful setting!
Camping is available for the event as well as local lodging in the area. See the Rhythms on the Rio website for more information about the venue.
By bringing in the best local and National artists from diverse musical genres to perform at a fun and family-friendly festival, SFMA and Rhythms on the Rio have been able to provide thousands of dollars for musical instruments, materials, and instruction to children in the greater San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado.
Tickets are on sale now.
2023 Line Up
Kitchen Dwellers twist bluegrass, folk, and rock through a kaleidoscope of homegrown stories, rich mythology, American west wanderlust, and psychedelic hues.
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 Brothers Comatose
Whether traveling to gigs on horseback or by tour bus, Americana mavens The Brothers Comatose forge their own path with raucous West Coast renderings of traditional bluegrass, country and rock ‘n’ roll music. The five-piece string band is anything but a traditional acoustic outfit with their fierce musicianship and rowdy, rock concert-like shows.
Lindsay Lou has been making soulful, poignant music for the last decade. An undeniable powerhouse, Lou’s remarkable gifts as a singer, songwriter, musician, and performer demand the listener’s attention. Her singing floats over the masterful playing and deep groove of her band with both a fierce intensity and a tender intimacy.
Shinyribs defies genres as a sonic melting pot of Texas Blues, New Orleans R&B funk, horn- driven Memphis Soul, country twang, border music, big band swing, and roots-rock.
The Austin- based nine-piece (sometimes 10-piece) supergroup is led by Kevin Russell, the charismatic frontman with colorful suits and extravagant shoes who continuously swaps out an electric guitar for a ukulele and never falls short
The Hip Abduction
Evoking the ocean and guided by the spirit of travel, The Hip Abduction pilot a sonic expedition past genre barriers. The band is the moniker for singer/songwriter David New who writes and produces music in between travel excursions and touring. Live shows morph into a versatile musical ensemble consisting of Matt Poynter (drums), Chris Powers (bass), Justino Walker (guitar, vocals, ngoni), and Cody Moore (keys, sax); each of whom have a mutual appreciation for African (Afrobeat/Soukous/Malian Blues), Reggae, and American (jam/electronic/indie) music.
TK & The Holy Know-Nothings
Half-dutifully and half-facetiously self-dubbed “psychedelic doom boogie,” TK & The Holy Know-Nothings was born out of Taylor Kingman’s desire to create a loose, groove-heavy bar band that never sacrifices the importance of good, honest songwriting. Doing so required pulling together a local supergroup of friends, neighbors, and fellow Laurelthirst royalty, including drummer Tyler Thompson and multi-instrumentalists Jay Cobb Anderson (lead guitar, harmonica), Lewi Longmire (bass, guitar, pedal steel, flugelhorn, mellotron, lap steel) and Sydney Nash (keys, bass, slide guitar, cornet).
Arkansauce is Tom Andersen on bass, Zac Archuleta on guitar, Ethan Bush on mandolin, and Adams Collins on banjo.
Their music features improvisational string leads matched with complex melodies, intriguing rhythms, and deep thumping bass grooves. Each member sings lead and harmony parts as well as contributes to the lyrics, which offer authentic, intelligent songwriting with hard-hitting hooks.
For the bicoastal six-piece Mama Magnolia—the process of making their first full-length Dear Irvington was an essential remedy amidst distress. Following a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, Dear Irvington was a comfort for Mama Magnolia to lean into amidst a continually harrowing time, while also turning tumultuous, personal stories into ostensibly groovy jaunts.
The Morningside String Band
The Morningside String Band is based out of Steamboat Springs, CO. The band formed in 2019 originally as an acoustic trio, but they’ve since expanded to a 5 piece, adding percussion and electric guitar. The band tends to have an eclectic mix of songs in their live shows, mixing originals and covers, rooted in blues, reggae, bluegrass, funk, jam and rock. All the members of the band have lived in various parts of Colorado for decades and played in many other music projects over the years. The band is known around Steamboat Springs for playing festive outdoor gigs in the spring and summer.