Patti LaBelle and Shinedown to Headline Festival; Organizers
Announce 11 More Artists to Round Out Lineup
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Soul diva Patti LaBelle will bring her unique
combination of girl group pop, space-age funk and lush ballads
to headline Columbia’s 3 Rivers Music Festival on Saturday,
April 22. Friday Night will find all the hard & heavy rockers
in front of the main stage enjoying a lineup that will culminate
with alternative rock band Shinedown, a young, contemporary hard-rock
band based out of Jacksonville, Fla.
Also being announced today are newgrass musician Sam Bush,
funk artist George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and
Australian rockers The Little River Band. Also
jazz musician Earl
Edwin McCain, contemporary rock
band Theory of a Deadman, and up-and-coming rock band Hinder. Finally,
Columbia-native and up-and-coming country star Lauren Lucas, legendary
Texas roots musician Delbert McClinton, funk party group Yo
Big Fat Booty Band and stylish modern folk band The
Ditty Bops will round out the festival’s lineup.
Music fans will enjoy the three-day festival in a new setting
this year as the event moves to the banks of the Congaree River
on both sides of the Gervais Street Bridge. The festival is planned
for April 21-23, 2006.
“We are excited about the lineup we’ve secured for
this year’s festival,” said Virginia Bedford, festival
organizer. “This completes our lineup except for local musicians.
We hope to have the final lineup for the festival completed by
the end of the month.”
Early-bird tickets ($30) will be available beginning February
15 and ending March 1 only at festival headquarters, located at
1511 Taylor Street in Columbia. Beginning March 1, tickets for
the 2006 3 Rivers Music Festival may be purchased at any Food Lion
in the Midlands, festival headquarters at 1511 Taylor Street and
online at www.etix.com. A three-day ticket will cost $35 and a
one-day ticket will be $20. Tickets for kids 10 and younger are
$5. After 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, festival-goers can only
purchase a one-day ticket at a gateway. Cost is $25.
FRIDAY, APRIL 21 - MAIN STAGE
Shinedown will culminate a hard-rock lineup Friday night on the
main stage. The group’s first hit single “Fly from
the Inside” features raw guitar power and insightful lyrics.
Also on that stage on Friday are Hinder and Theory
of a Deadman.
Hinder is a new face
in the rock world with strong ties to classic rock. Their hit single “Get
Stoned” features blaring dual lead guitars, raging rock vocals,
and unforgettable four-part harmonies. Theory of a Deadman hails
from Canada and has toured with bands like Nickelback, 3 Doors
Down and Saliva.
FRIDAY, APRIL 21 – WEST COLUMBIA STAGE
On Friday night Earl Klugh will headline the West Columbia stage.
Klugh is a jazz acoustic guitar icon and his style has been described
as jazz-pop, crossover jazz, instrumental, pop and new age. Smooth,
easy funk-style jazz has become his trademark. Over the past
25 years he has received 13 Grammy nominations and received one
for his collaborative work with Bob James, “One on One.”
FRIDAY, APRIL 21 - RIVERWALK AMPHETHEATER
Headlining Friday night is Delbert McClinton, a legend among Texas
roots music aficionados. He is known not only for his amazing
longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul,
and rock roll, as if there were no distinctions between any of
them, in the best time-honored Texas tradition. McClinton is
also a formidable harmonica player. Opening for McClinton is
previously announced Pinetop Perkins.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22 – MAIN STAGE
Patti LaBelle has won countless music awards including two Grammy’s
and two American Music Awards as well as numerous humanitarian
awards. Her live performances are legendary and consistently draw
standing-room-only crowds. Perhaps her best-known single is “Lady
Marmalade” which became a number one hit all over again when
released by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Pink and Mya on the soundtrack
of Moulin Rouge.
George Clinton, one of the greatest innovators of urban based
soul, rock and funk, will open for LaBelle on Saturday night. Spanning
half a century, the history of Parliament Funkadelic is as varied
in its musical stylings as in the rotating cast of musicians that
have graced Parliament, Funkadelic and the collective P-Funk stage.
The P-Funk audience is a true melting pot including all cultures
and generations. In 1997, Parliament Funkadelic was inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22 - WEST COLUMBIA STAGE
On Saturday Columbia native Lauren Lucas will join a country lineup
that includes (already announced artists) Pat Green,
Julie Roberts and Shooter Jennings. Lucas got started on her music career when
she was three years old. By seven, she had debuted on the Grand
Ole Opry and now she is quickly becoming one of the hottest live
acts in Nashville. Lucas' convictions, passion and powerful voice
are featured on The Carolina Kind, her debut album for Warner
SUNDAY, APRIL 23 – MAIN STAGE
On Sunday, Edwin McCain, a rootsy singer/songwriter with ties to
jazz and soul, will play on the main stage, opening for Styx. McCain
hails from Greenville, S.C. McCain is a singer, songwriter, guitarist,
storyteller whose albums have gone gold and platinum.
Playing before McCain will be Australian rockers the Little
River Band. The band has been around for more than 30 years having had
10 Top Ten hits from their 14 albums with sales exceeding $20 million.
Some of the band’s most popular hits include: “Reminiscing,” “Lady,” “Lonesome
Looser” and “Cool Change.” The band has been
acclaimed “The best harmony band in the world” by Glen
Frey of The Eagles.
Also on the main stage on Sunday will be Boone, N.C. band Yo
Big Fat Booty Band, a group that appeals to a wide range of music
fans, as their style cuts across musical genres of soul, reggae,
blues and funk.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23 – WEST COLUMBIA STAGE
Sam Bush will open for contemporary bluegrass band Nickel
Creek Sunday night on the West Columbia stage. Bush pioneered and guided
the evolution of modern hill country music. As the founder and
leader of the New Grass Revival, he incorporates everything from
gospel and reggae to rock and modern jazz into a tradition-rooted
sound. His decades of popularity at eclectic music festivals
like Telluride and MerleFest stem from the fact that he’s
also a stage dervish, a rhythm doctor and a party animal, not
to mention an enthusiastic storyteller and a gifted mimic.
Also on Sunday, The Ditty Bops preceed Sam Bush on the West Columbia
stage. The Ditty Bops are a band from Los Angeles, Calif. who play
a blend of folk, bluegrass, jazz, swing music, ragtime and musical
theater. Their upbeat blend of ragtime, swing, jazz, honky-tonk,
bluegrass and cabaret, albeit with a modern alternative bent, is
captivating. Stylish and attractive in costumes suggesting distant
eras, The Ditty Bops offer something novel on the club circuit.
But their pure, clear harmonies alone are worth the price of admission.
Three Rivers Music and Heritage Festival Foundation is a nonprofit
corporation run by volunteers through the 3 Rivers Music Festival
Board of Directors. The festival will be April 21-23, 2006 and
will feature performers from a variety of musical backgrounds.
Columbia artist Carl Crawford has created the art work for the
2006 3 Rivers Music Festival. Crawford uses collage and mixed
media to depict the rich heritage of his neighborhood.