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River Lynch and The Spiritmakers

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Performing Thursday, May 13, 2020

On The  Sahlen's Free Center Stage

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River Lynch and the Spiritmakers



River Lynch and the Spirit Makers

“Every night, we set out to wake the spirits of the past, create music for the future and remind people of the power of rock & roll music” states River.

After deciding to leave college, singer-songwriter River Lynch began pursuing his passion for writing songs, recording, and performing. Playing solo shows in and around upstate New York for several years.  “Songwriting is a sacred thing to me” states River, “You must be blessed with the ability to write and disciplined enough to see it through”.  After years of performing solo, River decided it was finally time to go electric.  In 2015, he joined together with some local friends that shared the same energetic love for Rock & Roll.

Introducing…River Lynch & The Spiritmakers.  Tim Leverett, drums, and Schuyler Skuse, bass, brought the rhythm section that drives River’s songs to their explosive potential.  The name Spiritmaker comes from River’s song of the same name, meaning ‘someone who lifts the human spirit through the power of rock ‘n’ roll music’.  The band has a vintage quality to their sound while remaining fresh and new.  They are an original rock and roll band with a strong sixties influence in the wheelhouse of artists like Tom Petty and The Doors.  Wonderfully rich, bluesy, hook-filled rock & roll.

Following the release of River Lynch’s first official EP, There Goes The Heart (2016), the band has been performing all across New York, the East Coast, and Canada.  River’s original song “All This Time” was named “Best Song Of The Month” by (Oct. 2016).  They have since released three additional singles including their most requested song, “Straight Through”.  River Lynch and The Spiritmakers have had the pleasure to open for multiple national touring acts including Three Dog Night, Rusted Root, Legendary Shack Shakers, The Blue Stones, Carbon Leaf, and Jesse Dayton.  The band has hit the festival scene with performances at Musik Fest(PA), Rochester Lilac Festival(NY), Indie Week(Toronto), International Pop Festival(NYC), and the Fairport Music Fest(NY).  Buffalo music blog,, described the band as “a call to arms to fellow rock revivalists ready to reassert the primacy of rock music”.

“Rock & Roll music became a large part of my identity at a very young age” River states.  “The radio volume went up, the school grades went down.  I feel that new Rock & Roll does not currently receive the attention it deserves.  We aim to remind those that forgot and introduce those that have not yet experienced, just how powerful this music can be.  So I grab my guitar, rally the band and we head for the stage”.
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