Performing May 15 Sat. 10:15 pm
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Alabama is the longest lasting hit maker on today’s country music scene. Their 58 million in worldwide sales ranks it as the ninth biggest selling group of all time, ahead of such rock greats as Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Queen, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and The Who. Alabama is second only to the legendary Conway Twitty as having the most No. 1 records in all music; and if you’re counting only solo chart-toppers, subtracting duets, then Alabama reigns supreme.

The statistics speak for themselves—17 million-selling albums, 12 American Music Awards as the public’s favorite country group, 41 No. 1 hits (so far), more concert tickets sold than any country band in history and more than 200 major show-biz awards.

Alabama is lead singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Randy Owen. His cousin is bass player, songwriter and harmony vocalist Teddy Gentry. Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Jeff Cook is their distant cousin; and drummer Mark Herndon rounds out the foursome.

Alabama will again headline Riverfest ’99, bringing their dynamic talent to the main stage, Saturday night at 10:15pm.

The Commodores

Performing May 14 Fri. 10:00 pm
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For three decades, the Commodores have remained a force in the music industry, "The Legends of Motown", "Hit, After Hit, After Hit", "Grammy Award Winners", " All The Emotion, All the Excitement Commodores". The Commodores aren’t just any group. The have staying power. Just like their hit song "Brick House," the Commodores have created a foundation that just won’t budge.

In 1968, the group was formed while all members were in college at Tuskeegee Institute. After being discovered by Berry Gordy, the Commodores went on to sell over 60 million records for Motown. With hits like "Machine Gun" and "Sail On", the Commodores became proven artists. They proved it then. They proved it in 1986 with "Night Shift", and they are ready to prove it again.

The successful Commodores of the present have not only produced five new albums, and embarked upon a world-wide tour, but have created their own record label, Commodores Records and Entertainment. Today the Commodores stand not only as talented and successful musicians, but as artists determined to continue their success into the future.

The Commodores will headline the Friday "Classic Rock" night at Riverfest ’99, taking the stage at 10PM.

Diamond Rio

Performing May 15 Sat. 8:30pm
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With its buoyant, lighter-than-air vocal harmonies and intricately woven instrumentation, Diamond Rio has been transforming great songs into standards since the release of its self-titled 1991 debut album. In the process, the six-man band has won six "Vocal Group of the Year" awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. It has racked up seven Grammy nominations. All of its studio albums have been certified gold or platinum. In April 1998, the group received the highest honor that can be conferred on a country act when it was inducted into Grand Ole Opry. It thus became the first band in 14 years to join the fabled institution.

Diamond Rio is Marty Roe, lead singer; Dana Williams, bass guitarist; Dan Truaman, keyboardist; Jimmy Olander, lead guitarist; Brian Prout, drummer; Gene Johnson, mandolist and harmony vocalist.

Diamond Rio will perform at 8:30pm on Saturday, May 15th during Riverfest ’99.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Performing May 14 Fri. 8:15pm
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With the New York Times recently hailing Joan Jett as the "godmother to female musicians with loud guitars and idealistic dreams", that moniker joins "the queen of punk", "the girl Elvis" and "the original riot girl" as another way to describe the timeless appeal of a woman and her music. Joan Jett has had numerous Top 40 hits including the number one smash, "I love Rock and Roll" which stayed number one for 7 weeks. Other hits include, "Crimson & Clover", "Fake Friends", "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and others. Joan Jett has also appeared in several movies including the motion picture "Light of Day" which she co-starred with Michael J. Fox.

Joan Jett’s icon status as a pop culture symbol of what women can achieve continues to grow throughout the world. With a new Joan Jett & the Blackhearts album due on Warners in the fall, a Runaways retrospective due on Mercury for Christmas and a role in the film "Boogie Boy" by Pulp Fiction alums Craig Hamann and Roger Avary due to hit the festivals this year before a major release, Joan Jett is poised on a unique historic moment to honest her past and celebrate her future.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will heat up Riverfest ’99 when they perform Friday night at 8:15pm.


Performing May 14 Fri. 6:30pm
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The original Survivor line-up of Frankie Sullivan, Dave Bickler, Marc Droubay and Stephen Ellis, who carved the signature Survivor sound that the world fell in love with, is back and will be performing at Riverfest ’99.

Survivor was formed in 1977, in Chicago by Frankie Sullivan, Jim Peterik and Dave Bickler. By 1978, Survivor was signed to a record deal. Many of their hits include the 1982 smash, "Eye of the Tiger" the theme song to Rocky 3. This song spent seven weeks at the #1 spot on U.S, charts. The song won a Grammy, an Oscar nomination, and was voted "Best New Song" by the Peoples Choice Awards. Other hits include "The Search is Over" which reached #2 on the hot 100, "Poor Man’s Son", "Summer Nights", "High on You", "Can’t Hold Back" and others. In 1989, Survivor released its first greatest hit package. This led to the release in 1993 of a second and more complete greatest hit package. Today, Survivor is completing the recording of a full length album, due out later this year.

During Riverfest ’99 Survivor will take the stage at 6:30pm on Friday’s "Classic Rock" night.

Juice Newton

Performing May 15 Sat. 7:00pm
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This Grammy Award winning artist takes the audience on an emotion-filled ride from the soul searing "Hurt," to the rollicking "Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard On Me," to the plea of "Break It To Me Gently." These songs and others have propelled Juice’s "Greatest Hits" album to platinum, adding to her collection of gold and platinum certifications. Complementing her Grammy Award for "Best Pop Female", Juice has taken home trophies from the Academy of Country Music (New Female Vocalist of the Year), Billboard magazine (Album Artist of the Year), and the People’s Choice Awards, (Best Female Vocalist.)

Known for her impact on the pop as well as the country music scene, Juice Newton delivers such musical diversity to her stage shows as well. Otha Young, Juice’s longtime musical partner and songwriter says, "Juice has the enviable ability to reach fans beyond categories. At any given concert we hear comments from Gen-Xr’s: "Juice, you are awesome, to baby-boomers: "We’ve been fans since your club days."

Juice Newton, through her pop and country hits, her distinctive voice and entertaining performance skills, continues to captivate audiences from teens to grandparents, from the city to the country. As a music critic stated, "Newton remains one of the most riveting performers in music, rocking on stage and playing each emotion for what it’s worth. And it’s worth a lot."

Juice Newton will be the kick-off performance for Riverfest 99’s Country Music night. She will perform at 7pm on the main stage.

Bertie Higgins

Performing the Calypso Stage May 15 Sat. Times TBA
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Like his great great grandfather, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe the German poet who wrote "Faust," Bertie Higgins is a storyteller. He was born Elbert Joseph Higgins of Portuguese, Irish and German descent and raised in Greek community of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Bertie, who once supported himself as a sponge diver, began his career in show business at the age of twelve as a ventriloquist. He formed his first band in high school and played all the proms, dances and sock hops that the band could handle. After college, he joined the Tommy Roe band and began recording for ABC Paramount records. Bertie learned a great deal and soon began to lay the groundwork for what was to become a remarkable career in music.

In 1981, a single written by Bertie became hit in the U.S. "Key Largo" blew a hole in the charts when it hit #1. To follow were the hit singles, "Just Another Day in Paradise," "Casablanca", "Pirates and Poets," and several successful albums. Bertie became an international recording star overnight and personal appearances offers came pouring in, both for the concert stage and for television shows. His collection of gold, platinum, and double-platinum awards quickly multiplied and he was on his way. During the last few years, Bertie has toured extensively around the globe with his incredible band and has received rave reviews and accolades from the music industry and his undying fans alike. He is named in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio and is also in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon.

Bertie Higgins will be the headlining star at the Calypso on the Coosa Stage during Riverfest ’99.


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