The Vicksburg RiverFest Music and Arts Festival announced its entertainment lineup on its Facebook page today with Mississippi artists Skylar Laine and Michael Grimm headlining the event.
"Skylar and Michael fit in perfectly with this year's theme ‘Bringing It All Back Home'," said Johnny Reynolds, RiverFest board of directors president. "2013's RiverFest is all about supporting our Mississippi artists and showcasing the talent of our state."
Vicksburg's largest festival is scheduled for April 19th and 20th in Historic Downtown Vicksburg. Two stages will feature local and regional talent on Washington Street. The North Stage will be located at the China Street intersection and the South Stage will be at the River Stage Plaza on Crawford Square.
Skylar Laine, a Brandon, Miss. native, placed fifth on Season 11 of American Idol and will be featured on Friday night at RiverFest. She took part in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2012, which began July 6, 2012 and ran till September 21, 2012. It was announced on November 17, 2012 that she had signed with 19 Entertainment and had moved to Nashville to work on her debut album. She also debuted an original song called "Settle Down," written by herself, Chris DeStefano and Anne Preven.
Michael Grimm grew up with his grandparents in Waveland, Miss. and was the Season 5 winner of America's Got Talent. He will perform Saturday night at RiverFest. Following America's Got Talent, he toured with the legendary Stevie Nicks and Heart. In the spring of 2011, Michael debuted his first major label release, the self-titled Michael Grimm.
Throughout 2011 and into 2012, he played venues across America, from California to New York. Among many others, he headlined the Jimmy Rodgers Festival in Meridian, and became the first-ever resident headliner at the popular Ovation Showroom at Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas. In June 2012, Michael released a fun, summer CD entitled Gumbo.
Along with Skylar and Michael, RiverFest has booked Hannah Belle, Ben Shaw Band, Branded A/C, The Chill, T.J. Burnham, Corey Scallions, Slap Happy, Osgood & Blaque, Riverwind, Williams Road, Ashley Proctor, Projekt Blues Band, Miles Flatt, Vickie Baker, Deanna Nicole, Hairicane, Civilized Gangsta, Mark Doyle, Kandiman, Pizza Punk, Jenny Jenny and The Duchess.
RiverFest gates open at 5:30 pm and concerts begin at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $10 each night and may be purchased at the gate or Paper Plus (1318 Washington Street) and Toot's Grocery (2500 Confederate Avenue) in Vicksburg. The weekend festival also features free Saturday daytime activities that include the RiverFest Arts and Crafts Show around City Hall and family friendly entertainment along historic Washington Street featuring street performers, Kid's Land, food vendors, downtown merchant's sidewalk sales and live music.
For more information about RiverFest and its performers visit www.riverfestms.com or check out www.facebook.com/VicksburgRiverFest. For information on other things to do and places to stay in Vicksburg, visit www.visitvicksburg.com.
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