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Don't Miss These Magical, Musical Storytellers! 

Saturday October 19, 2019, the River Park Concert returns to historic downtown Hillsborough. The concert is an annual free concert series hosted by the Hillsborough Arts Council, and features bands from all over the country, an eclectic brew of musical styles you’re unlikely to hear anywhere else. 

This year there’s an amazing show, featuring the Eno Mountain Boys, Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Samantha Fish, and headliner/Grammy Award Winner Anders Osborne.

​The River Park Concert brings this North Carolina community closer together. The music is free, the background is stunning, and the musicians true storytellers.

The River Park Concert began in 2015 spearheaded by Eric Steidinger whose dream was to bring a free music concert to downtown Hillsborough’s River Park for the sake of the community and a celebration of music itself.

In 2016, Eric and Pleasant Meadow produced the 2nd River Park Concert, and in 2017, The Hillsborough Arts Council took over as hosts, and the concert evolved into an event combining local, regional, and national musicians.

With the collaboration of Hillsborough’s citizens as volunteers, as well as local and regional businesses supporting the free, nonprofit event, the River Park Concert continues to bring people and organizations of all types together for a remarkable day of great music, community fun and infectious celebration.


Here's Who's Coming:

Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics

Deep, raw funk. Stax-style Southern soul. Positively uplifting & Original Motown-channeling anthems. 

Atlanta’s Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics are heirs to the throne of the old-school masters of Southern soul. But they’re much more than just a group of revivalists trying to create a period piece. Powerhouse singer Velle and her band will settle for nothing less than bringing these classic sounds glimmering into the now with a fresh, new contemporary sheen.

In addition to their critical success, at a time when record sales are at an all-time industry low, the completely independent, DIY-minded Velle and the Soulphonics sold a quarter-million downloads of their single “My Dear” on iTunes, landing them in the top 30 on Billboard’s Heatseeker charts and at a stunning #4 on the iTunes R&B charts when their debut album “It’s About Time” was released in 2012.


Samantha Fish

Anyone who has ever heard the music of Samantha Fish knows that she’s earned a place in the top rank of contemporary blues guitarists and that her voice can wring the soul out of a ballad and belt out a rocker with roof-shaking force. Her ballads tell captivating stories, set up by verses that deftly set the scene, choruses that lift with real feeling, and hooks that won’t let you go. It’s the kind of songwriting that emerges when raw talent is leavened by experience and aspiration, and when a committed artist genuinely has something to say. See her at River Park Concert.


Anders Osborne

New Orleans' Anders Osborne is a true musical gem, a jewel, a treasure. He’s among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” Gambit Weekly has honored Osborne as the Entertainer of the Year. OffBeat named him the Crescent City’s Best Guitarist for three years running, and the Best Songwriter for the second straight year. Osborne also won Song of the Year for his composition, “Louisiana Gold.” A once-in-a-lifetime talent, playing right in your backyard.


Eno Mountain Boys

Eno mountain boys were formed by Dillon Shambley and Sean Garrett, who met and became friends in elementary school in Hillsborough, NC in 1996. Later, joined by long-time friends Matthew Smith, Christopher Jones, Bryan Leon Phelps, Adam Staley, and Drew Ely, their sound rose to new levels of creativity and significance. Influenced by an array of styles, including punk, metal, and hardcore, as well as traditional country and bluegrass, Eno Mountain Boys has a sound all their own. They are not to be missed.



River Park Concert Schedule
October 19, 2019
12:00 PM
Eno Mountain Boys
1:30 PM
Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics
3:00 PM
Samantha Fish
5:00 PM
Anders Osborne


Though outside food, drinks and coolers are not permitted at the event, there will be plenty of tasty dining options, with four food trucks set up featuring American food, Mexican food, Soul food and dessert options. The proceeds from the food trucks help make the event non-ticketed and free. The Village Diner will also be cooking free food for attendees. For those who are 21 years or older and have a form of identification, there will also be a beer garden available, as well as wine options and a truck serving Foothills Brewery draft beers.