POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta is known for booking both up-and-coming musical acts as well as popular local performers.
This Friday night at the regatta will be no exception with singer-songwriter Paul Doeffinger taking the Riverfront Park stage at 7 p.m., followed by Nashville artist Steve Moakler at 8:30 p.m. All regatta concerts are free.
Doeffinger will be performing his popular renditions of covers and his original songs. Doeffinger also has a large, local following in the Mason-Gallia-Meigs area.
Moakler was named as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone Magazine in February 2016. Rolling Stone magazine also recently listed Moakler as offering one of the best free concerts at the CMA Music Festival. The magazine wrote: “Like Chris Stapleton and Brandy Clark before him, Steve Moakler had a successful career as a Music Row songwriter prior to setting out on his own. The co-writer of ‘Riser,’ which Dierks Bentley cut as the title track for his 2015 album, released his latest LP Steel Town in March. Filled with moments from his early life growing up near Pittsburgh, the record is a decidedly personal project and includes the fantastic ‘Wheels,’ a reflection on how quickly we rush through our lives.”
Moakler has written songs for many country artists and has released three full-length albums of his own. His music has also been recorded by Jake Owen, Eric Church, Kellie Pickler, Ben Rector and Matt Wertz, and Moakler has had music featured on a variety of national commercials and networks including MTV, FOX and ABC, and has had songs featured on the motion picture, “October Baby.” He joined Dan + Shay on select dates of their 2016 tour.
Callbacks to Moakler’s Western Pennsylvania roots are all over his new album “Steel Town.” It was produced by Luke Laird, a fellow native of western Pennsylvania. “I can’t imagine making the record with somebody else,” Moakler says of Laird, who co-wrote “Suitcase” (with Barry Dean and Thomas Rhett) and the ruminative “Just Long Enough.”
Friday at the regatta also sees the Junior Royalty and Pretty Baby Contest at 5 p.m. at the Riverfront Park stage.
More on Saturday’s regatta events in the next edition.