Riverfest is not just 80s nostalgia, rock bands you don't care about and Willie Nelson and Buddy Guy... | Rock Candy

Riverfest is not just 80s nostalgia, rock bands you don't care about and Willie Nelson and Buddy Guy...

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joshua of Velvet Kente.
...it's, once again, a concentrated dose of all that's great about local music. Sure, for the main stages, you've got to roll out a little early, but to see some of these guys with huge sound, it's well worth it.

Or, all afternoon and night, you can hit up the more intimate Arkansas Tent (which, the Times is sponsoring again) on the north side of the river. Tent organizer Rob Bell is still putting the finishing touches on his line-up, but so far, as I've previously reported, he's got Friday finalized:  R&B diva Gina Gee, backed by a live band, groove-oriented, mostly instrumental act Eclipse Glasses and a special Riverfest edition of Cool Shoes. Saturday's more roots oriented with Montgomery Trucking (the folk side of Bonnie Montgomery, who's penning the Clinton opera), the Good Time Ramblers, the Amy Garland Band and rock legend Dale Hawkins.

Below's what local promoter Ben Jones has booked leading up to the headliners. I'm pretty sure Times Showcase winner Velvet Kente will play in NLR before Patrick Sweany, who'll play before Buddy Guy.


Friday

The Moving Front
American Princes
The Salty Dogs

Saturday

Nik & Sam
Epiphany and One Night Stand
Velvet Kente
Patrick Sweany
Kevin Gordon
Shannon Boshears
Jonathan Wilkins
Magic Hassle
The See

Sunday

Whale Fire
The Boondogs
The Hippie Holler Band
Ramona Smith and the Soul Rhythms

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