POINT PLEASANT — This year’s Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta kicks off next Thursday, June 27 with an opening night featuring one of Nashville’s rising stars.
Chris Janson, who has a current hit on the country charts with “Better I Don’t” will take the Riverfront Park stage at 8:30 p.m. Janson’s opening act is popular entertainer Chase Likens who starts his show at 7 p.m. on the Riverfront Park stage. The concerts are free.
Janson is with Bigger Picture Group label along with label mates Zac Brown and Craig Campbell. He has toured with the likes of Lynyrd Skynrd, Hank Williams, Jr., Sugarland, Jamey Johnson, James Otto, and Shooter Jennings.
Janson came to Nashville at 18 and pleaded with the doorman at the legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge for the chance to sing one song with the house band. Not long after he’d finished “Folsom Prison Blues” the bar’s owners offered him a job.
His audience quickly began to include celebrities. Director Jonathan Demme saw Janson and offered him a small part in the Neil Young concert film Heart of Gold. Young, Rob Reiner, members of Guns N’ Roses and many others came by to watch him perform.
Said to be impressive on stage, Janson is also said to bring an array of strengths into the spotlight. He is known as an accomplished singer/songwriter, a dynamic multi-instrumentalist, a compelling vocalist, and an unforgettable entertainer, according to his fans. The music, while drawing on a range of influences, is nonetheless solid country and unmistakably Chris Janson, according to his management. He is currently known as one of Music City’s most promising and exciting young talents.
Rick Modesitt, president of RMA Presents, who has booked talent for the Regatta for many years added: “The Regatta Committee has been dedicated in trying to find fresh, hot rising talent every year, which not only is on the radio, but puts on a great show. This year appears to be another one of those years where they will bring top notch talent to the festival. We are proud to work with the festival. They do such a great job for the community. We hope that the community and surrounding areas come out and support the 2013 festival and enjoy the free music.”
The regatta’s schedule is as follows: Thursday, June 27, 6 p.m., Queen/Teen Pageant at the State Theater; cornhole tournament at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, time undetermined; 7 p.m., Chase Likens at Riverfront Park stage; 8:30 p.m., Chris Janson at Riverfront Park stage.
Friday, June 28, 5 p.m., pet contest at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park; 6 p.m., pageants at State Theater; 6 p.m., Pretty Baby Contest, Tu-Endie-Wei State Park; 7 p.m., opening act for Devonshires (60’s and 70’s tribute band) who take the stage at 8:30 p.m., Riverfront Park stage.
Saturday, June 29, 8 a.m., Pleasant Valley Hospital 5K Run, start at Point Pleasant River Museum on Main Street; 11 a.m., Regatta Parade with lineup on Main Street outside of the Mason County Board of Education office; car show on Main Street at Lowe Hotel immediately after parade; noon, Kid’s Day events start at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park; 2 p.m., Line Throw outside Point Pleasant River Museum on Main Street; 7 p.m., Sarah Davidson, Riverfront Park stage; 8:30 p.m., Charlie Worsham, Riverfront Park stage; 10 p.m., fireworks at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park; Rockin’ Reggie performs after the fireworks at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.
Admission is free as are all musical performances at the Regatta.