11th annual StarDaze Festival— Organizers say event will be biggest, most entertaining ever


Organizers of the 11th annual StarDaze festival, the fastest growing festival in Arkansas, recently announced the biggest and best line-up in its history, according to an event spokesman.

Set for April 18-19 at Star City, the event will feature some of today’s hottest country music artists. The excitement will begin April 17 with the opening of the Hope Health Care Midway.

The grand opening on April 18 will include live entertainment and activities, along with food and craft vendors, which will be open all day. Live entertainment at 5 p.m. on the Relyance Bank stage will mark an all Hick-Hop music night, the first time ever in Arkansas, with Average Joe’s recording artist, Twang and Round, who will soon release their first album. They will be followed by The Jawga Boyz at 7 p.m., and country Hick-Hop stars and recording artists, The Lacs, who will perform at 9 p.m.

April 19 will include a day full day of food, live entertainment and good times beginning at 9 a.m. with the 5K Run at Cane Creek State Park. There will also be a Motorcycle Point Run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Star City Civic Center. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. Cash prizes will be given to the firs, second and third-place winner. There is a $15 entry fee. A Classic Car Show will also be held at the Star City Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fifty class trophies will be awarded, as well as, trophies for Best Paint, Interior, Engine, People’s Choice and Best of Show. There is a $25 fee for the first entry and $15 fee for each additional entry.

Live entertainment on April 19 will begin on the Relyance Bank main stage at 1:30 p.m. with Drew Baldridge, who is preparing for the release of his new album. Then at 3 p.m., country music’s newest rising star, Dylan Scott, from Nashville via Bastrop, La., will perform. Much more music will follow at 4:30 p.m. with the fastest-rising southern rock band, A Thousand Horses. A new group who has just had its first No. 1 song in the land, “Feels like Carolina”, the band Parmalee will perform at 7 p.m.

According to event organizers, one of the biggest headliners in StarDaze history will be Dustin Lynch, who will perform at 9 p.m. His hit songs include “Cowboys and Angels” and “She Cranks My Tractor”.

All of the shows at StarDaze are free to the public. For more information, call 870-628-6400 or visit www.stardazefestival.com.

The Entertainment

Twang and Round

Take a couple of Kentucky boys that pursue music with an all-out passion, yet keep their craft real to life, and you get Twang and Round. With influences that span across every genre ranging from Credence Clearwater, Black Crows, and Lynyrd Skynyrd to UGK, Outcast, and Beastie Boys, you will find a bridge between these genres with the art created by Twang and Round, who make music because they truly love it. The musical career of Vernon Roach (a.k.a “Kuntry Twang”) and Brad Davis (a.k.a “Lil Round”) began in their early teens with a mutual love of music, recording, producing, and engineering. Discovering the ways that they complement each other they found that the style of music they create commanded one to listen closely.

The Jawga Boyz

These Athens, Ga., boys celebrate the redneck way of life through their dirty south beats and country twang style that puts the redneck rappers in a league of their own. The group originally formed in 2003, but the new Jawga Boyz 2.0 consist of founding member Derek Thrasher (D Thrash) and during the live shows Justin Young (Young Gunner), A.J. McIntyre (BoonDock), and Mark Bryant (CornBread) also help with the performance and visual appeal.

The LACS

The LACS are from the sandy dirt roads of Baxley, Ga. The LACS consist of hip hop artist Clay “Uncle Snap” Sharpe and lead vocalist/guitarist Brian “ Rooster” King. The LACS’ latest album is still in the works but already has created a buzz with its contributions from Average Joe recording artist Colt Ford.

Drew Baldridge

With a voice as rich as the mid-western soil he was raised on, Patoka, Ill. native, Drew Baldridge’s music reflects small town life while living large on the simple things. His music is the soundtrack to life, be it a rowdy Friday night or a peaceful Sunday morning. His songs and performances transport listeners to their favorite memories all while making new ones. He has shared the stage with artist’s such as Alabama, Phil Vassar, Montgomery Gentry, and Justin Moore to name a few.

Dylan Scott

He has win two major music competitions — the final for the Colgate Country Music Showdown in his native Louisiana, and in 2009, the Neal McCoy East Texas Angel Network Talent contest.

Now the multi-talented Sidewalk Records Artist is poised to become a major star with his new self-titled CD, Dylan Scott, featuring five modern, progressive songs he co-wrote with the best of Nashville’s new generation of songwriters. The CD, produced by Music City legend, Jim Ed Norman, is self-named for more than the obvious reasons: “It says everything about me, honestly,” explains the 22-year-old, whose speaking voice is as soulful as his singing. “There’s not a song on there that doesn’t relate to who I am.”

A Thousand Horses

Nashville-based band, A Thousand Horses, is a blues and booze infused cocktail of southern rock and country. With lyrics that pay homage to the traditional values of the fly over states, they blend a blue collar mentality with modern southern rock. They are comprised of front man Michael Hobby, Graham Deloach on bass, Bill Satcher and Zach Brown on guitars and Jonathan Carman on Drums. A Thousand Horses released their debut self-titled EP in 2010 with the stand out tracks “Travelin’ Man” and “Suicide Eyes”.

Parmalee

Parmalee’s country rock sound has its roots in the bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues covers the guys grew up hearing their families play. Matt and Scott Thomas grew up near Greenville, N.C., watching their father front a popular local southern rock blues band. The boys watched and learned, picking up their own instruments and jamming along with their dad’s band. From this they learned how to integrate their own style into the songs they were playing. Barry Knox, who played drums for the church choir, loved what his cousins were doing and soon joined them.

The Thomas Brothers Band cut their teeth on the local club circuit and would often share the same marquee with a cover band that starred their friend, Josh McSwain on guitar and keys. A fan of McSwain’s musical prowess, Matt invited Josh to play with Barry, Scott and himself. The foursome clicked immediately on stage. Their first gig was held at local watering hole, Corrigans, near East Carolina University where the guys went to school. From that moment in 2001 Parmalee was born.

Dustin Lynch

Dustin Lynch is a native of Tullahoma, Tenn., and was influenced in his youth by such stalwart country singers as Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and Clint Black. Lynch knew the importance of the Bluebird, and he chose his college – David Lipscomb University – in part because it was less than two miles from the club, which proved immensely important in his development. He signed with Broken Bow Records – the home of Jason Aldean and sister label to Stoney Creek Records (home to Thompson Square). His debut single, “Cowboy and Angels,” is quickly rose up the country charts.

Lynch combined his fascination with words and melodies with concert skills he developed in high-school bands and playing the southeastern club circuit. That combination has made him one of country’s artists to watch, a performer who’s written his own mix of party songs and ballads with a unique perspective. It’s his own viewpoint, honed from watching the world, and watching the experts.