A torrent of lesser-known bands from Arkansas and beyond round out this year's Riverfest line-up.

Sure, acts like Widespread Panic and Nelly are bringing the bulk of this weekend's crowd, but Riverfest is rounded out by a flood of other acts from Arkansas and beyond. So many, in fact, that we've got to just jump right in and start introducing them.

Let's boogie.



Jerry Joseph, front man for Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons and long-time member of Widespread Panic offshoot act Stockholm Syndrome, hops on the Bud Light Stage at 6:15 p.m. to open for his jam-heavy buddies. He's a long-time associate of the band, and Widespread Panic covers several Jerry Joseph originals — notably "Climb to Safety," "Chainsaw City" and "North" — regularly. Expect to hear highlights from his 2010 album with the Jackmormons, "Badlandia." (Think Dinosaur Jr. in hemp shorts.)


Four on the Floor have spent the last few years gathering up a dedicated following around these parts thanks to the group's high-octane bar-metal sound and its latest album, "Forbidden Fruit." Expect the local four-piece to offer up wailing guitar solos, epic '80s drums and a liberal dose of "aww yeaaaaahs" at 6 p.m. Energetic rockers Kingsdown keep the music coming at 8 p.m., offering up a high-energy (as in running around and getting hype as shit) twist on heavy pop-rock that should sate the crowd before Poison arrives.


At 6:30 p.m., long-time local performer Elise Davis takes to the tent for a set of Dixie-tinged pop that, surely, will include "Trouble," the single we named the best local song of 2010. Following suit at 8 p.m.: The Romany Rye, Californian Luke MacMaster's musical project, rounded out by the group of Arkansans formerly known as The Natives. The melodic folk act has been the source of much blog buzz over the last few months, making a reputation at SXSW and, most recently, earning a spot as a finalist to appear on the cover of "Rolling Stone." Will Hoge, a Nashville singer/songwriter, headlines the night at 9:30 p.m. with his gritty, backwoods folk-pop.



Modern rockers Prosevere bring their tight, melodic pop-metal from Memphis to the opening day afternoon at 1:30 p.m. A local crew of Times favorites, Sea Nanners follow the act at 3 p.m. The buzz-heavy act offers up wiry, jittery Americana, re-imagined for the indie set. The band released its debut 7-inch single, "Queen of the Brodeo," earlier this week. Fayetteville's Randall Shreve and The Sideshow hit the stage at 4:30 p.m., offering up boisterous burlesque-pop that recalls Rufus Wainwright, The Cure and The Decemberists.


The Trey Hawkins Band from the southeastern chunk of the state mixes radio-ready country twang with a rootsy sound from the Red Dirt songbook. It kicks off Saturday's music offerings at noon. Texarkana's Greg Garner & VooDoo Cowboy hoist the hard-drinking, woman-chasing torch set by the Outlaws. Over the past few years, the band has provided support for country luminaries like Dwight Yoakam and David Allan Coe. This marks the second time it's played before Pat Green. The Cowboys saddle up at 1:30 p.m. The three sisters of Carter's Chord, an up-and-coming group from Nashville, have a single on the Hot Country Songs charts and a bona fide pedigree, with the girls' parents as members of Waylon Jennings' road band in the 1970s. The vocal group does its thing at 3 p.m. Rounding out the cast of area openers at 4:30 p.m.: Zach Williams and the Reformation. Locals may remember the group from this year's Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase. The world-traveled act has taken its swaggering, Southern soul to Spain, France and Japan, spreading the sound popularized by the Black Crowes and the Stones at their twang-iest.



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