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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Riverfest in (mostly) full

Posted By on Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 4:28 PM


So the line-up for Riverfest, May 23-25, is just about set. Advance, $10 tickets are now onsale at Harvest Foods.

I'm not especially fired up about any of the headliners (after the jump) save the Hag. But aside from line-up being a little nostalgia heavy, I can appreciate that it's sure to pack in the throngs.

While the Jazzercisers are getting down to "Power of Love," I'll be hanging in the Arkansas Music Tent on the North Little Rock side, where some of the best in the state, from all genres, will be showcasing their talents. The open-air tent will be set-up like a club, with chairs and tables and ample room to dance. Plus, it's right next to the specialty beer tent.

Here's the nearly complete line-up. Contracts haven't been signed, so there's a remote chance someone could wig out and not play, but everything has been verbally agreed upon.

6:30-7:30:  Grand Serenade. Shimmering pop-rock.
8-9: The Nobility: Acclaimed power-pop from Nashville, Tenn. by way of White County.
9:30-11: The Moving Front: Visceral post-punk par excellence.
3-4: McClellan High School Drum Line: Rhythmic acrobats.
4:30-5:30: Michael Perkins & the Melody Makers: A gospel group that believes in praising the Lord by getting down.
6-7: Ted Ludwig Trio: Arguably the best jazz combo in the state. Led by Ludwig, a seven-string guitar whiz from New Orleans.
7:30-9: TBD.
9:30-11:  Epiphany & One Night Stand: Smart, catchy hip-hop driven by live instrumentation.
2-3: TBD
3:30-4:30: Sara Thomas Band:  Literate folk-rock.
5-6: The Salty Dogs: Local honky-tonk heroes bringing the Bakersfield sound to Little Rock.
6:30-7:30: Boondogs: Nationally acclaimed low-watt pop.
8-9:30: Jim Dickinson: A famed Little Rock-born producer and session player, who's solo work is a zany and infectious mishmash of Southern roots music—Hill country blues, Memphis soul, swamp rock, and '70s psychedlia.

When I'm not in the Arkansas Tent, I'll be watching dozens of top-notch local talent on the main stages (booked by Rock Candy homie Ben Jones. That's two shout outs in one day!). Check the list after the jump. Again, everything's only verbal.


Huey Lewis & the News - Acxiom/Miller Lite Stage

Paul Thorn - Acxiom/Miller Lite Stage

Shooter Jennings - Budweiser Stage (NLR)

Merle Haggard presented by Bad Boy Mowers - Budweiser Stage (NLR)

Arrested Development - Triple S Alarm Stage


Miranda Lambert - Acxiom/Miller Lite Stage

Jake Owen - Acxiom/Miller Lite Stage

Better Than Ezra - Budweiser Stage (NLR)

One Republic - Budweiser Stage (NLR)

Jonny Lang - Triple S Alarm Stage


Arkansas Symphony Orchestra -AcxiomMiller Lite Stage

Chaka Khan -Acxiom/Miller Lite Stage

.38 Special - Budweiser Stage (NLR)

ZZ Top presented by Allied Technology - Budweiser Stage (NLR)

Robert Earl Keen - Triple S Alarm Stage


Chris Denny & The Old Soles
Sean Rock and the Toltecs
Runaway Planet
Voodoo Village
Greg Spradlin Outfit
Kevin Kerby & Battery
Riverboat Crime
A Typical Affair
Mammoth Orange
Smoke Up Johnny
The Easys
Kyoto Boom
Shannon Wurst & 3 Penny Acre
Ben Coulter
The Rodney Block Jazz Project
Damn Bullets
Brian Martin & The Circulators
Keith Sykes



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