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Friday, September 4, 2009

Sunday To-Do: Boot Fest

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BOOT FEST
2 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheatre. $20-$25.

Kick up your boots, country music fans, there's a big party down by the river. Boot Fest, a benefit for the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial, a bronze sculpture destined for the state Capitol grounds, brings together Luke Bryan and a host of other emerging country stars. Bryan, a farm-raised Georgian with a new traditionalist bent, comes to town a month before he releases his sophomore album, “Doin' My Thing.” In addition to bona fide hits like “All My Friends” and “Country Man” (both from his debut), look for the crowd to sing along to the new single “Do I,” a slow burner that's bound to have folks squeezing a hand in their partner's back jeans' pocket. Riverbilly (7:15 p.m.) is a local five-piece that specializes in slick, rock-influenced country. Iraq war vet and Arkansas native Cliff Hudson (6 p.m.) writes straightforward songs of love and roots that range in tone from traditional country to Southern rock. Sixteen-year-old performer Meagan White (5:15), from Northwest Arkansas, has played everywhere from county fairs to nursing homes. Chad Van Rys (4:30 p.m.), Gwendlyn Bradley (3:45 p.m.) and Kyla Horton (3 p.m.) also perform. Kids under 10 get in for free.

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