by Robert Bell
Good news for Lucero fans: the annual Lucero Family Picnic is back. Most years it took place in Batesville, but it'll be moving on down the road a bit to Little Rock on Aug. 10 at First Security Amphitheatre (formerly Riverfest Amphitheatre).
The first thing to come to mind with this announcement: Beer? Will there be beer available? As in, not guzzled quickly and surreptitiously in your car, but served to you in a proper cup, fully on the legal. I've got a call in about this and will update when I know more.
Now that we've got that out of the way, on other matters. Here's what we know so far: The great Wanda Jackson will be performing. Lucero will play "Tennessee" in its entirety. Jeff Nichols, brother to Lucero frontman Ben Nichols and director of "Mud" and "Take Shelter," will be doing his part to put the "family" in Lucero Family Picninc with a Q&A, which should be interesting.
Tickets are going to be $35-$57 and they go on sale Friday here.