Sacred steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier will join David Shaw's Big River Get Down as a special guest artist at large when the one-day festival, presented by Miller Lite, commences Saturday, Sept. 10 at RiversEdge Amphitheater in Hamilton, Ohio.
Collier will join friends and festival headliners, The Revivalists, with a guest appearance on pedal steel guitar, as well as several other acts on the day's stacked lineup, which already includes The Wild Feathers, Maggie Koerner, The Temperance Movement, The Marcus King Band, and The Trongone Band.
South Florida's resident master of the steel guitar, Collier is known for his lightning fast slide work on the pedal and lap steel. Raised in the "sacred steel" tradition of the House of God gospel church, he built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys. In recent years, Collier as forged his own name in live music as one of the most sought-after guest performers in the jam scene today. A regular "Artist at Large," he has logged hair-raising festival performances with some of live music's most prestigious acts, from the Allman Brothers to Del McCoury, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident, and his good friends in The Revivalists.
2016 marks the second annual Big River Get Down and the fifth consecutive year The Revivalists have performed at RiversEdge. For Shaw, hosting this festival in his hometown is about more than just a day of phenomenal music; it's an effort to make the City of Hamilton an even better place to live, work and play. To help David accomplish this mission, all proceeds from the festival will be dedicated to the City of Hamilton's 4th of July fireworks and to provide additional free concerts at RiversEdge Amphitheater.
"This event is extraordinarily special to me because I believe that music can be the foundation and catalyst for big change and growth, said Shaw. "Not just for the city, but for the people deep inside at their core. When others from around the tri-state area get wind of what we're doing here, they're going to take notice. A city like Hamilton has a rich history filled with a lot of interesting characters, twists and turns. I believe that the Big River Get Down will serve as a turning point for the city in terms of togetherness, morale and pride. I can't wait to see what the future holds for both the City of Hamilton and the Big River Get Down. We're in this as one, we're in this together."