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Thursday evening Rivers and Spires kickoff promises incredible weekend


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Laying the wreath

Laying of the wreath

Rivers and Spires kicked off today with a wreath laying and symbolic re-lighting of the eternal flame. The flame honors our soldiers serving over seas and lights the path for them to return home. This annual remembrance kicks off three days of food, fun, entertainment, and shopping in historic downtown Clarksville, TN.

The award winning festival is organized by the City of Clarksville, Montgomery County Tennessee, and the Clarksville-Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and is co-sponsored by many area businesses.

The evening’s entertainment started with the Can Creation Challenge at 4:30p.m. This event challenges local teams to put together sculptures based on a theme with the winning team picking a local charity to benefit from their $500 prize. Afterwards the building materials were donated to a local food bank.

Following that at 5:15 p.m. ten faculty members from APSU got to perform in a talent competition which was judged by their students.

Josh LaCount Band

Afterward the Josh LaCount Band took the stage. The band projects solid vocals, and does great things with a guitar. The band is on MySpace, Their music is available on iTunes, and you can view their music videos on Youtube.

Check out the video to Josh’s song Way down.

Andy Grammer

Andy Grammer

Andy Grammer

They were followed by Andy Grammer a young man with quite a vocal repertory. His warmth and personality draw you into the sphere that his music creates and you feel at once welcome and comfortable with his expressions and sound. He utilizes a music style that combines beat box, mouth trumpeting and vocals. His performance drew strongly from his album- “Andy Grammer Live- Soft lights on Bright Colors.” As Andy tells it, “I think from the second I start beat boxing and mouth trumpeting its clear this is going to be done a little differently!” And he doesn’t disappoint.

An iTunes reviewer had this to say:

“Andy takes pride in tackling the issues we all face in life and singing about them with “brutal honesty.” His lyrics are deep, clean, and meaningful; his sound is positive and encouraging. If you liked John Mayer in his early career, then you will love Andy.”

His EP album is available on iTunes, but to get his newest album “Soft lights on bright colors” like I just did you will have to go and visit his web site. You can also watch his videos on Youtube.

Here’s his video Second Hand Smoke

Jason Reeves


Jason Reeves

Folk singer Jason Reeves closed out the night. When you listen to Jason sing you can tell he puts his heart and soul into his music. He draws you into his music and his world. Jason has four albums available for purchase on iTunes. Each of his songs is easily capable of standing alone, you can’t say that for many artists. His MySpace page is exceptionally well designed.

In case you missed him, check out this Jason Reeves and Colbie Caillat video titled Permanent

All the acts on the opening night of the 2009 Rivers and Spires deserve a spot in your music collection, so go and check them out!

The festivities continue tomorrow at 5:30pm

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Upcoming Schedule

Friday, April 17

5:30 pm Daniel Smith Strawberry Alley Stage
5:30 pm The Tim Lynch Band Third N Main Street Stage
5:30 pm Trinity Episcopal Church Courtyard Performers Trinity Front Steps
6:00 pm Ballet Folklorico Viva Panama Courthouse Stage
6:00 pm NoJoes Clown Circus Kidz Zone
6:30 pm The Groovefellas Public Square Stage
6:30 pm Alo O Matai-Samoan Dancers Courthouse Stage
6:30 pm Martyr to Minus Third N Main Street Stage
7:00 pm Sgt.1st Class Jamie Buckley-U.S. Army Strawberry Alley Stage
7:00 pm Remedy Drive Christian Stage
7:00 pm Clarksville/Ft. Campbell Judo, Jujitsu, Aikid Courthouse Stage
7:00 pm U2charist Trinity Front Steps
7:30 pm Little Mexico & Latin Folklore Courthouse Stage
7:30 pm Kris Bell Third N Main Street Stage
8:00 pm Mariachi Band Zelaya Courthouse Stage
8:00 pm The WannaBeatles Public Square Stage
8:00 pm Nevertheless Christian Stage
8:00 pm NoJoes Clown Circus Kidz Zone
8:30 pm Sammie Moore Band Strawberry Alley Stage
8:30 pm The Cold Stares Third N Main Street Stage
9:00 pm New Odyssey Public Square Stage
9:00 pm The Afters Christian Stage
9:30 pm Atomic Blonde Third N Main Street Stage

Saturday, April 18

10:00 am Stars Dance Studio Courthouse Stage
10:00 am Corvettes on the Cumberland Second and Main Sts.
10:00 am Memory Lane Cruisers Commerce St./Planters Bank Lot
10:30 am Christys Dance Connection Courthouse Stage
10:30 am CHES Honor Choir Strawberry Alley Stage
10:30 am CHES Honor Dance Team Strawberry Alley Stage
10:30 am It Came from Outer Space Customs House Museum
11:00 am Sango Elementary Honor Choir Strawberry Alley Stage
11:00 am Undivided Christian Stage
11:00 am Natalie’s Dance Network Courthouse Stage
11:00 am Filipino-American International Association International Streetfest Cooking Show
11:00 am Lana’s Dance Center Third N Main Street Stage
11:30 am Showtime Dance Studio Courthouse Stage
11:30 am MCES Honor Choir Strawberry Alley Stage
11:30 am Passenger Creek Third N Main Street Stage
12:00 pm Rustin Statler Third Street Stage
12:00 pm JJ Kent-Lakota Indian Courthouse Stage
12:00 pm All In One Christian Stage
12:00 pm Teen Singers, Percussion Ensemble, Flute Choi Strawberry Alley Stage
12:00 pm NoJoes Clown Circus Kidz Zone
12:00 pm Hui Hawai’i O Tenesi Hawaiian Civic Club International Streetfest Cooking Show
12:15 pm FireBreak Parade Third N Main Street Stage
12:30 pm Justin Mobley Third Street Stage
12:30 pm Ballet Folklorico Viva Panama Courthouse Stage
12:45 pm Godzkauze Christian Stage
1:00 pm Black Velvet Public Square Stage
1:00 pm New Panther Singers Strawberry Alley Stage
1:00 pm Baize Martial Arts Demo Team Courthouse Stage
1:00 pm Korean-American Association International Streetfest Cooking Show
1:00 pm Branon Jaggers Artz Galore Stage
1:00 pm Children’s Parade Commerce Street
1:00 pm Them Customs House Museum
1:30 pm Jezzebellies Belly Dance Troupe Courthouse Stage
1:30 pm Northeast High School Exit One Show CHoir Strawberry Alley Stage
1:30 pm Rustin Statler Artz Galore Stage
1:30 pm Rodeo Pony Jazz N Wine
1:45 pm Lydia Walker Christian Stage
2:00 pm Diana Pelham Public Square Stage
2:00 pm HGTV Host Cooking Show Jazz N Wine
2:00 pm El Toro Mexican Restaurant International Streetfest Cooking Show
2:00 pm Queen City Quartet Strawberry Alley Stage
2:00 pm SSF Submission Academy Courthouse Stage
2:00 pm Justin Mobley Artz Galore Stage
2:00 pm Hometown Third N Main Street Stage
2:30 pm Branon Jaggers Third Street Stage
2:30 pm NoJoes Clown Circus Kidz Zone
2:30 pm Korean-American Association Dancers Courthouse Stage
2:30 pm Victoria Mars Artz Galore Stage
2:45 pm Rodeo Pony Jazz N Wine
2:45 pm Appleyard Christian Stage
3:00 pm Lucas Hoge Public Square Stage
3:00 pm The Next Level Strawberry Alley Stage
3:00 pm Olive Garden Italian Restaurant International Streetfest Cooking Show
3:00 pm Robert L. Jordan, Amber Guzman & Valerie de l Courthouse Stage
3:00 pm Godzilla Customs House Museum
3:00 pm EREBUS Third N Main Street Stage
3:00 pm Melika McClendon Third Street Stage
3:15 pm Red River Breeze Courthouse Stage
3:30 pm APSU Chef Wendell Henley Jazz N Wine
3:30 pm Ben Wilson Third Street Stage
3:45 pm Hui Hawai`i O Tenesi, Hawaiian Civic Club Courthouse Stage
3:45 pm Making Malorie Christian Stage
4:00 pm Number Seven Strawberry Alley Stage
4:00 pm J.D. Shelburne Public Square Stage
4:00 pm Torero’s Fine Mexican Restaurant International Streetfest Cooking Show
4:00 pm Victoria Mars Third Street Stage
4:00 pm Chasing Layne Third N Main Street Stage
4:15 pm Rodeo Pony Jazz N Wine
4:30 pm NoJoes Clown Circus Kidz Zone
4:30 pm Peng Lai Martial Arts School Courthouse Stage
4:45 pm Jamie Worley Band Christian Stage
5:00 pm Floord Public Square Stage
5:00 pm Jade Dragon Chinese Restaurant International Streetfest Cooking Show
5:00 pm Gourmet Diet Cooking with Erica Jazz N Wine
5:00 pm KNAPSACKHEROES Third N Main Street Stage
5:15 pm Z-Soul Strawberry Alley Stage
5:15 pm 2Divine Courthouse Stage
5:45 pm Nitengale Christian Stage
6:00 pm Ben Wilson Jazz N Wine
6:00 pm Edelweiss Cafe International Streetfest Cooking Show
6:00 pm The Anythings Third N Main Street Stage
6:15 pm Brandi Thornton Public Square Stage
6:30 pm Jimmy Melton Underground Songwriters Stage
6:30 pm Wynn Varble Underground Songwriters Stage
6:30 pm Operation Rising Star Live Tour Courthouse Stage
6:30 pm Phil O’Donnell Underground Songwriters Stage
6:30 pm SGT Rodney Watts Courthouse Stage
6:30 pm Capt. April McDonald Courthouse Stage
6:30 pm Fatima McElveen Courthouse Stage
6:45 pm Tina Brown Band Strawberry Alley Stage
6:45 pm Alan’s Folly Christian Stage
7:30 pm Clarksville Five Jazz N Wine
7:45 pm Nine Lashes Christian Stage
8:00 pm KingBilly Public Square Stage
8:15 pm Hypertension Strawberry Alley Stage
8:45 pm The Opposed Christian Stage
9:00 pm John Michael Montgomery Public Square Stage
9:45 pm O.A.T.H. Christian Stage


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