POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta returns this week with free musical entertainment which includes up-and-coming Nashville artists and popular local entertainers.
Over the years, the regatta has welcomed famous acts, from Tim McGraw, to the Bellamy Brothers, to Thompson Square, all hailing from the Nashville music scene. This year, the event will host rising country artists Ryan Kinder and the group Outshyne.
Kinder will take the stage at Riverfront Park at 9 p.m., this Friday. Known for his songs “Tonight” and “Kiss Me When I’m Down,” Kinder was recently named one of “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” by “Rolling Stone Magazine.” Kinder has also toured with country artists Jennifer Nettles and Brandy Clark.
According to a regatta press release, in 2009, Courtney McGukin, who later produced Kinder’s first independent album, recognized Kinder’s musical talent and sent his material to Chuck Offutt, a high school schoolmate of award-winning producer Keith Stegall, who was instrumental in guiding artists such as Randy Travis, Alan Jackson and the Zac Brown Band on their rise to stardom. Stegall was said to readily recognize Kinder’s distinctive sound and impressive guitar savvy, and Kinder, still a college student in Alabama, began making regular trips to Nashville to collaborate with seasoned songwriters Jen Ketner and Luke Sheets.
Taking the Riverfront Park stage on Saturday at 8:30 p.m., will be Outshyne who had a hit with their song, “Moonlight Crush” which went to #1 on Sirius XM’s “The Highway Countdown” and also was the stations #18 song of 2014. The band’s first single “Dirt Road Romance,” written by friends Florida Georgia Line and Arlis Albritton, went to #29 on the Music Row Chart and #46 on the Billboard Indicator Chart. The album titled “Starting Over” was produced by Grammy nominated Chip Matthews and hit song writer Jeffrey Steele, and debuted at #11 on iTunes the day it was released.
The group has opened for country music superstars including, Jake Owen, Eric Church, Lee Brice, Colt Ford, Joe Nichols, Gary Allen, and Justin Moore to name a few.
Joining these Nashville artists will be popular local bands StillWater and Dub-V’s. Stillwater performs at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at Riverfront Park. StillWater’s roots are described as being in classic rock but members have incorporated some contemporary rock and heavy metal into their sets.
The Dub-V’s perform at 7 p.m. on Friday at Riverfront Park. The popular local band is known for mixing its own versions of Top 40 hits. Both Stillwater and the Dub-V’s have become crowd favorites at local festivals, events and bars.
Also, WBYG returns as hosts for the Country Showdown on Saturday at Riverfront Park with the Preliminary Round starting at 4 p.m. and the Final Round at 6:30 p.m. The 35th Annual Country Showdown is America’s largest country music talent show. According to organizers, it’s designed to find the most promising country music talent in the nation and to give these performers a chance to launch their professional music careers. Go to https://www.countryshowdown.com/ to find out how to get entered to perform at the showdown.
A complete regatta itinerary is as follows:
Thursday, June 30: Queen and Teen Pageant starts at 7 p.m. at Riverfront Park; StillWater performs at 8:30 p.m. at Riverfront Park.
Friday, July 1: Maritime, Princess and Pretty Baby Contest held at 5 p.m. at Riverfront Park; Dub-V’s perform at 7 p.m. at Riverfront Park; Ryan Kinder, who sings “Tonight” and “Kiss Me When I’m Down” takes the stage at 9 p.m. at Riverfront Park.
Saturday, July 2: 5K, 10K and Kid’s Run starts at 8 a.m. with registration and start in front of the Point Pleasant River Museum; Regatta Parade starts at 11 a.m. on Main Street with the Car Show immediately following on the USDA parking lot on First Street; Kid’s Day starts at noon at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park; Line Throw Contest starts at 2 p.m. at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park; WBYG Country Showdown Preliminary Round starts at 4 p.m. at Riverfront Park with the Final Round at 6:30 p.m., also at Riverfront Park; Outshyne known for their song, “Moonlight Crush,” performs at 8:30 p.m. at Riverfront Park; fireworks at 10 p.m. at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.
Admission into the regatta is free as are all musical performances.
Some information for this article found at http://www.pointpleasantregatta.org/.
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