Glowing balloons, classic rock music and country sounds are an early autumn attraction at this year’s Legends Balloon Rally at the Hot Springs Memorial Field Airport.
And it’s all free.
Chicago Southside classic rock band Styx will perform Friday night. Country singer Travis Tritt does the honors Saturday.
The balloon rally will feature 25 of the country’s top hot-air balloon pilots in two post-sunset balloon glows.
“The balloon glows are spectacular,” says Steve Arrison, chief executive officer of the Spa City’s tourism and convention bureau. “All 25 balloons will be gathered behind the music stage and the sight of them glowing from the inside is really something to see.”
Arrison says there will be no public balloon rides; take lawn chairs, but leave the coolers, pets and food at home.
Styx’s current lineup consists of James “J.Y.” Young on guitar and keyboards; Tommy Shaw on guitar, mandolin, autoharp and talk box; Todd Sucherman on drums; Lawrence Gowan on lead vocals, keyboards and guitars; and Ricky Phillips on bass and guitar. All five also sing backing vocals.
The band famously has broken up and reunited numerous times, and there have been famous feuds between the group’s lead singers, Shaw and founding member Dennis DeYoung, who left the band in 1999. Shaw, who joined in 1975, left in 1984 to form a harder rock band, Damn Yankees, but returned in 1995.
Styx developed a following in central Arkansas with numerous appearances at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock during the band’s heyday.
Tritt, winner of two Grammys, is best known for his No. 1 hits “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” “Can I Trust You With My Heart,” “Foolish Pride” and “Best of Intentions,” as well as other hits “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.”
A Georgia native, Tritt, 50, has recorded a dozen albums since 1989. The most recent, The Calm After …, is a remake of his 2007 album, The Storm, released on a short-lived label.
According to his publicity firm, his 15-year-old daughter, Tyler Reese Tritt, will join him on vocals this weekend in “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough.”
Legends Balloon Rally
Friday: Gates open at 4:30 p.m., competition balloon flight at 5:30, balloon glow at 7, Styx concert at 8
Saturday: Competition balloon flight at 7:15 a.m., car show registration at 9. Gates open at 11, car show at noon, competition balloon flight at 5:30 p.m., balloon glow at 7 and Travis Tritt concert at 8
Hot Springs Memorial Airport, 525 Airport Road (U.S. 70 West), Hot Springs. Free
Weekend, Pages 35 on 09/26/2013
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