HANK WILLIAMS JR.
All Hank breaks loose on the riverfront tonight!
Since Hank Williams Jr. made his Opry debut at age 11, he?s had more than 15 albums go gold or platinum. He is one of country music?s most popular ? and controversial ? performers. The Southern rocker has a partying string of hits to perform tonight, including ?Family Tradition,? ?All My Rowdy Friends? and ?Born To Boogie.? His newest: ?That?s How They Do It in Dixie.?
Her dad sang in two gospel quartets, and she recorded ?Miracle of Love? with Bebe Winans for ?The Passion of the Christ? in 2004. But Saturday night, expect to hear the autobiographical style she?s known for: ?No More Rain in the Cloud,? ?U-Haul,? ?I Wanna Thank Ya.? Expect Stone to answer that age-old question: ?Why Good Girls Like Bad Boyz.?
Identical twins Brian and Brandon Casey along with Kyle Norman and Richard Wingo compose this male quartet known for tight, rich harmony. With a new CD, ?Jagged Edge,? released May 9, expect cuts such as its first single, ?So Amazing,? or the sexy ?Good Luck Charm.? These, along with old favorites such as ?He Can?t Love U? and ?Let?s Get Married,? should leave fans happy.
With four decades of hits, fans just ?can?t unlove? this country icon. When Rogers sings with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera on Sunday, expect his newest hit, ?I Can?t Unlove You,? along with ?The Gambler,? ?When I Fall in Love? and ?Buy Me a Rose.?
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WOLFMAN WASHINGTON AT THE BESSIE SMITH STRUT
Chattanooga?s biggest block party brings all ages out ?to see and be seen.? Popular show band Dr. Vibe kicks things off at 5:15 p.m. Don?t miss Wolfman Washington, the New Orleans musician who was the first to return to The Big Easy to play after Hurricane Katrina, or DuWayne Burnside, formerly with North Mississippi Allstars and now a solo act.
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This is one of your last chances to hear the two-time Grammy winners, as AudioA has announced that 2006 is its last year together. Mark Stuart, Will McGinniss, Ben Cissell and Tyler Burkum will wrap up their 15 years in contemporary Christian music with the release of ?Adios,? a greatest-hits collection due out Aug. 1.
Riverbend will become AudioA?s ?Big House? when that hit and others of its18 No. 1 singles are performed.
LOS LONELY BOYS
Brothers Ringo, Jojo and Henry Garza have a new album hitting the stores July 18, ?Sacred.? Its first single, ?Diamonds,? was chosen this week as the Billboard Spotlight Single of the Week.
Expect the Garza brothers to take fans to ?Heaven? with a preview of their coming CD.
After 83 weeks on Billboard?s Top Country Albums chart, Sugarland?s ?Twice the Speed of Life? is still holding at a respectable No. 16 and shows no signs of slowing in its success.
Jennifer Nettles will be singing the album?s fourth ? and its newest ? single, ?Down in Mississippi,? at Riverbend. After Nettles and Kristian Bush performed on the Academy of Country Music awards show, sales of the CD doubled.
The Georgia girl launches her tour today at Nashville?s CMA Music Festival, with Riverbend as her second stop.
Her music spans a 15-year career from her first No. 1, ?She?s In Love with the Boy,? to ?Georgia Rain.? The big question is who will be singing ?backup?? Will she and hubby Garth Brooks sing their new duet, ?Love Will Always Win,? live or on video?
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
Three generations of fans have rocked to ABB?s innovative rock and blues since these Southern rockers gained fame in the 1970s. Expect to hear hits ?Midnight Rider,? ?Ramblin? Man,? ?Statesboro Blues? and ?Whipping Post.?
Trivia question: Which band member played Lolo in the 1979 Peter Sellers movie ?Being There?? Answer: Oteil Burbridge.
WHEN AND WHERE
On the eight nights Riverbend is at the riverfront, all of the main acts are scheduled to take the Coca-Cola Stage at 9:30 p.m. On Monday, headliners at the Bessie Smith Strut along M.L. King Boulevard will start at 6:45 p.m. Star Seating tickets, which offer premium views of the Coke Stage acts for an additional cost, are still available for Angie Stone and Jagged Edge ($10), Kenny Rogers ($20), Audio Adrenaline ($5) and Los Lonely Boys ($20). Call 756-2211 for purchase information.
Staff writer Susan Pierce contributed to this listing