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MUSIC SCENE: Night Ranger, country acts headed for White River

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published August 1, 2008 at 4:07 a.m.

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Night Ranger is Kelly Keagy (from left), Jack Blades, Christian Cullen, Brad Gillis, and Joel Hoekstra.

STUDIO JOE'S Coffeehouse

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— The 65th White River Water Carnival will feature rock groups as well as country and bluegrass acts this weekend at Riverside Park, One Riverbank Road, Batesville.

The event begins this evening, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and the first band, Lost Endd, will play at 6., followed by Mayz End at 7, Dog House at 8 and Night Ranger, the headliner, at 9.

Tickets are $15 for advance general admission, $20 for advanced reserved seating and an additional $5 each for admission at the gate. All concerts will be on the Amphitheatre Stage.

Saturday's musical lineup starts at 6 p.m. with country newcomer Ashton Shepherd, followed by bluegrass stalwarts Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, concluding with veteran country crooner Earl Thomas Conley.

Tickets for Saturday's show are $15 for advance general admission, $25 for advance reserved seating and an additional $5 each for admission at the gate.

Children under age 12 will be admitted free to the concerts.

Advance tickets are available at Been Around Records in Little Rock, Quattlebaum MusicCenter in Searcy, Red River Music in Searcy, George's in Newport, Horton Music in Hardy, Guit Down Music in Jonesboro, Square One Music in Mountain Home, Tommy's Famous Pizza in Mountain View and the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce in Batesville.

To order by phone, call (870) 793-2378; to order online, see the Web site www.whiteriverwa tercarnival.com.

Big Silver will perform a rare public show at 7 p.m. today at Studio Joe, 600 Autumn Road, Little Rock.

Cover charge is $5. Call (501) 224-3400. Big Silver, a central Arkansas-based country rock band, has slowed its performance pace a bit to allow drummer Bart Angel time to adjust to his new role as a father; he and singer-songwriter-guitarist Amy Garland Angel(who leads a band of her own) recently became parents.

The Memphis Soul Revue, a popular dance-oriented outfit, returns this weekend to Cajun's Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, for a show at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Cover charge is $5. Call (501)375-5351.

The six-man band bills itself as "The #1 Party Band in the Mid-South."

Bleu Edmondson, a country rocker from Texas, returns to central Arkansas for a show Saturday night at Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack, 107 Commerce St., Little Rock.

Sunny Sweeney will open the 9 p.m. show.

Admission is $8. Call (501) 372-7707.

Blues guitarist Detroit Johnny will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., Pine Bluff.

Admission to the show, which is part of the center's monthly Live@5 jazz series, is $5, which includes "light refreshments."

Call (870) 536-3375.

Born in Detroit, Detroit Johnny lives part of the year there and part of the year in Pine Bluff, where he spent his college years at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

DJ Irene will make the first stop of her Rockstar Royalty tour at 8 p.m. today at the Revolution Room, 300 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock.

Tickets will be $15 at the door for those age 21 and over; $20 for those between ages 18 and 21. Call (501) 823-0090.

The Irene show will also be the sign-up location for the forthcoming 8-8-8 Lucky 8 Olympics of DJcompetition, to be held Aug. 8.

Eight DJs will be chosen to battle it out, with the winner getting cash, prizes and a slot opening the next major DJ show at the club.

Any aspiring DJ can bring in a demo disc and sign up at tonight's show.

Weekend, Pages 57 on 08/01/2008

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