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Bam Powell Brings the “Cincinnati Sound” to Behringer-Crawford Museum’s Music@BCM

Singer-drummer Rick “Bam” Powell has been swinging sticks, singing songs and writing music for nearly a half-century.

Rick “Bam” Powell

His preferred style is “Cincinnati Sound,” a bluesy kind of rock ‘n’ soul which has been with him since high school. “I can’t escape it,” he says.  “It is part of my heritage.”

Over the years, Powell has performed with some of the region’s top rock groups, from The Raisins to the Bluebirds to the country band Stagger Lee. He’s worked and recorded in New York City, Muscle Shoals, Alabama,  and Elvis’ birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi, before returning to his roots in Cincinnati.

On July 25, Bam Powell brings his current group, The Troublemakers, to Music@BCM, along with his blend of musical styles. “I’ve been told that I’m hard to pigeon-hole,” Powell told author Randy McNutt in 2017.  “It’s just natural for me to sound part rock, part R&B, and a little bit country. But then that’s the Cincinnati way, and I grew up on it. I wouldn’t change it.”

Music@BCM concerts are held in Behringer-Crawford Museum’s outdoor amphitheater at 1600 Montague Road – Devou Park, Covington. Doors open at 6 p.m. with refreshments available for sale and the concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m.  Concert-goers are invited to bring folding chairs or blankets for seating. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will move indoors.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children age 12 and under, who can participate in a new Kids’ Music Club offering free children’s activities during the concert.  Reservations are requested for the Kids’ Club: call 491-4003. Concert-goers who ride their bikes to Music@BCM are admitted free, courtesy of the Devou Good Project. Parking is free.  Adult beverages are available for purchase. Attendees can also purchase food by Colonial Cottage of Erlanger, KY, supporting local community organizations.

The Music@BCM series continues on August 1 with Marcos Sastre and The Bluebirds and then each Thursday through August 15.  Guests are encouraged to check the museum’s website, www.bcmuseum.org, or call 859-491-4003 to confirm the schedule.

Behringer-Crawford Museum celebrates the unique arts, heritage and culture of Northern Kentucky as part of the Ohio Valley. 

The museum is located in Covington’s Devou Park, 1600 Montague Rd., Covington, KY 41011. For more information about BCM, call (859) 491-4003, email info@bcmuseum.org or click here. www.bcmuseum.org.

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