RAM Hoppin' Fun!-April 7

The Riverside Arts Market has had a successful first month in 2012 and continues to “RAMp” things up throughout the year! This Saturday, the Market offers an array of great art and music, and a special RAM Egg game! Everyone who purchases from a RAM visual or food artist will be allowed to pick a RAM egg and have a chance to win prizes including $100 in RAMBucks which can be spent at any RAM vendor!
In addition to the fun and games, every Saturday Riverside Arts Market (RAM) schedules live entertainment for their main stage. This week’s line-up includes the following performers:

10:30 – 11:30: Whetherman (Singer/Songwriter)

11:45 – 2:05: Mark Williams and Blue Horse (Indie Americana)

2:30 – 3:30: Jerry Maniscalco (Acoustic Folk & Rock)

Whetherman is the solo music project of Nicholas Williams, a 27 year-old singer/songwriter out of the Midwest now living in Jacksonville. Influenced by folk musicians such as Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Nick Drake and Neil Young, this emerging performer is becoming recognized for his distinct voice. His songs are comforting and gentle on the ears, with astute lyrics and beautiful texture supporting instrumentals. Whetherman has released four full length albums, most recently “Wind in the Trees” (2011); all available for download on iTunes, Facebook, YouLicense.com, MySpace and Amazon. CD’s of “Wind in the Trees” can be acquired at any live show. http://www.reverbnation.com/whetherman

Mark Williams and Blue Horse is an eclectic band that can rock hard, with an improvisational feel while mingling in a bit of Latin or classical. Employing guitars, harmonica, cellos, violins and steel guitar to create a variety of moods, haunting melodies and poetic lyrics are Mark’s signature. Blue Horse’s members share wide-ranging experience, from recording and touring bands and symphony orchestras. Along with his work with Blue Horse, Mark composed music for nationally recognized spoken-word artist and playwright Al Letson’s “Essential Personnel,” which ran Off-Broadway, at the DC Arts Center (Washington) and Baltimore’s Theatre Project. Mark was the first musical artist to get a grant from the Community Foundation of Jacksonville and the J. Shepard, Jr. and Mary Ann Bryan Arts Endowment. http://www.myspace.com/markwilliamsandbluehorse

Jerry Maniscalco’s musical experience ranges from musical theater, to classical opera, to rock acapela. Playing guitar since the age of 16 and Jerry has recorded original two CD’s. Drawing inspiration from classic rock greats such as Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, his vocals are reminiscent of more contemporary artists such as John Mayer and Dave Matthews. Jerry’s acoustic/electric setup combines intriguing lyrics, traditional sounds of an acoustic guitar with the fullness of an electric. The result is a fresh sound and performance. http://jmrocks.com/index