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Richmond Fringe Fest: Holy River

Written by: Rian L. Moses

Get ready to immerse yourself in the soul-stirring melodies and thought-provoking lyrics of indie folk band Holy River as they grace the stage at Richmond Fringe's MONDAY After Hours & Awards event at The Basement on Monday, April 15, from 8 - 9:30pm. This is an evening you won't want to miss!

The folk band Holy River performing while sitting

For Holy River, the essence of Fringe Fest runs deep. As a genre-bending band, they've found their niche in places the underground art scene, evolving in non-traditional venues where they can co-create unique listening experiences. Reflecting on their journey, they share, "In places that celebrate underground art has been where we have thrived and grown for years."

But why should you make Holy River's performance a priority on your Fringe itinerary? According to the band, this will be their first public performance in Richmond since January, following a five-week tour through the Southeastern USA. With more shows outside of Richmond than in town, this is your chance to catch them live and experience their mesmerizing music up close and personal.

Who exactly are Holy River, and what drives their musical mission? Comprised of Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price, Holy River uses their music as a vehicle to explore the human relationship with the natural world. Through their introspective lyrics and captivating melodies, they prompt listeners to contemplate how we can live more harmoniously with the Earth and heal the damage caused by greed and misuse of resources. As they aptly put it, "The music of Holy River reminds us that we are made of the same water and matter as the rivers and mountains."

But how can you support Holy River's noble endeavors? It's simple—listen to their music, attend their shows, and engage with their message of environmental stewardship. Additionally, take the time to learn about where your water comes from and join the effort to protect wild spaces everywhere.

women blindfolded with broken mirror shards reflecting trees

While Holy River is deeply rooted in their local community of Greater Richmond, VA, their impact extends far beyond geographical borders. Laney and Jameson are champions of environmental activism, having founded the Fonticello Food Forest—a community garden that not only provides fresh produce to those in need but also serves as a hub for environmental education and healing workshops. And on a global scale, the band tours extensively in Europe, supporting the environmental movement across the continent in places like Germany, Switzerland, Norway, and Poland.

Looking ahead to 2024, Holy River has exciting plans in the pipeline. Brace yourself for more captivating performances, new music releases, and perhaps even a children's book based on their poignant lyrics. With Holy River, the journey is just beginning, and the possibilities are endless.

So mark your calendars, spread the word, and join Holy River at Richmond Fringe for an evening of musical enchantment and environmental enlightenment. Embark on a journey of harmony and healing, one heartfelt melody at a time.

See Holy River during Richmond Fringe Fest

The Basement, on Monday, April 15th, at 8pm

Learn more about the Richmond Fringe Fest and all the festivities, HERE.

Blog Author - Rian L. Moses: What's Up?! I'm one of the founders of HearRVA. Richmond, Virginia has been my home since 2006 and I'm still discovering new things. I'm a visual artist at heart and graduated from VCU in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art (major in video & animation/ minor in painting & printmaking). It feels great to use these skills on all the visuals you see coming out of HearRVA.

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