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Baroque folk masters River Whyless to perform free show in downtown Winston-Salem on Thursday, Sept. 17

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If you had the chance to hear River Whyless perform its unique version of baroque folk rock at this year’s Phuzz Phest or FloydFest, you won’t want to miss this Asheville, North Carolina-based quartet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, in downtown Winston-Salem. The concert is Flow Honda’s third volume of “Sunset Thursdays,” the FREE community concert series at Bailey Park in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

According to its Bandcamp site, “River Whyless puts a hauntingly sweet spin on traditional foundations. The band’s newest EP, its first release since its 2012 debut, marks a notable evolution in their collective voice. The EP is full of lush harmonies, wide sweeping arrangements that are driven by dark percussion, putting them in a category similar to contemporaries Fleet Foxes and Stornaway.”

But don’t take their word for it. Fresh off a performance at Nashville’s AmericanaFest, Paste magazine writes, “River Whyless is a band capable of seamlessly slipping between soft, serene ballads and heart-wrenching, foot-stomping anthems at the drop of a hat.” Read more here.

Opening for River Whyless will be Heather McEntire of the North Carolina-based alt-Americana outfit Mount Moriah. She is set to perform a solo set in anticipation of her band’s upcoming new Calvander 7″ out Oct. 9 on Merge Records.

Flow Honda partners with Phuzz Phest to present the musical programming for Sunset Thursdays, according to Phuzz Phest founder Philip Pledger.

In keeping with past concerts, several food trucks will be on-site serving dinner along with cocktails, beer and wine provided by Single Brothers Bar. This is a free, all-ages event and dogs on leashes are welcome. No glass bottles or outside alcohol are allowed in Bailey Park. Free street parking is available on numerous streets, including on Patterson Avenue, neighboring the park.

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