By CASEY CROUCHER
The sixth annual Riverlink Jamboree will kick off at 4 p.m. Saturday at Riverlink Park.
This year's jamboree includes three performances: The Nellies, Locust Honey and Dark Don't Catch Me Here.
Dark Don't Catch Me Here, a Massachusetts-based duo, will be opening the show up with their "rowdy, hip-shaking" tunes, Paul Gavry, president of Amsterdam's Waterfront Foundation board, said.
Locust Honey, a trio of women from North Carolina, will follow with their old-time fiddle tunes, vintage country songs and bluegrass harmonies.
The Nellies, who have been performing at the jamboree every year since its creation, will close the concert with their "rootsy, Americana" songs, Gavry said.
He said the Waterfront Foundation board has been raising funds, booking and promoting the concert series since it started. The jamboree highlights traditional American roots, bluegrass, traditional blues or old country-style music, he said.
The jamboree is part of the Riverlink concert series which runs through July and August on Saturdays, free of charge at the park.
He said the board tries to get a variety of different performances for the community to enjoy every year from salsa to polka to country.
"The concert series in general satisfies a need in the immediate community for entertainment opportunities, I think," he said, "specifically in the musical entertainment field because we have the Amsterdam Mohawks for sports entertainment and there are other summer activities."
Gavry said the concert series brings in a lot of regulars and tourists.
"We have regulars and you see the same faces every Saturday," he said. "But we also like to bring in some tourism, so what we try to do, finances permitting, is bring in performances from the capital region as well as acts from around the country that are touring; that's how we brought Locust Honey here for the jamboree."
He also said people go to the concerts not only for the music but for the atmosphere.
"It's such a nice venue, it's just beautiful; sometimes people don't even come for the music," he said.
Because the concerts are free, Gavry said donations are appreciated.
"We'll pass a hat around during the concerts for some donations," he said. "The foundation is a not-for-profit and we work with the city to prepare and promote the Riverlink summer concert series, so any donations are receive are greatly appreciated."
The Riverlink summer concert series schedule:
* July 12 -- Sixth Annual Riverlink Jamboree starting at 4 p.m., featuring The Nellies, Locust Honey and Dark Don't Catch Me Here
* July 19 -- Almonte at 7 p.m.
* July 26 -- Maryleigh Roohan at 7 p.m.
* Aug. 2 -- Tropic Rhythm at 7 p.m.
* Aug. 9 -- The Searson Sisters at 7 p.m.
* Aug. 16 -- Town Mountain at 7 p.m.
* Aug. 23 -- Skeeter Creek at 7 p.m.
* Aug. 30 -- Joey Thomas Big Band at 7 p.m.