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Verbatim: Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival announces talent lineup

The Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival issued this news release this afternoon:

Fort Wayne, Indiana -- An impressive entertainment lineup for the 45th annual Three Rivers Festival was announced today, bringing together a great variety of bands and eclectic tastes. Shows are held at the Hanning & Bean Festival Plaza, located under the pavilion at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne.

The Daily Lineup

Friday, July 12 -- Shine up your boots and join us for Mustang Sally. The best all-girl, rip-snorting Country Party Band ever! And it's "Welcome Home" as Allen Craig Miller of Nashville Nights and Nick Cross, two of Nashville's rising stars, come home to Fort Wayne to perform. The Hunter Smith Band (ex-Colts punter) will open the show. Plan to stay late Friday because Mustang Sally will! $9.00 advanced $12.00 day of show, $9.00 with Three Rivers Festival Button at gate. Sponsored by: The Rusty Spur and K105.

Saturday, July 13 -- Just a few more hoops to jump through, then on June 3rd, we can announce this great show. We can promise this: you'll hear a great National Rock Band, see a TV star and need a new place to sit! $15.00 advanced $18.00 day of show; $15.00 with Three Rivers Festival Button at gate. Sponsored by General Motors, the UAW Local 2209 & 98.9 The Bear.

Sunday, July 14 -- Star 88.3 brings the very best in contemporary Christian music to the Three Rivers Festival as they welcome MercyMe on Star Music Sunday. Also performing is Hawk Nelson, Capital Kings, Warren Barfield & more! Tickets available at Star883.com.

Monday, July 15 -- Monday night will feature the "Make Me a Star!" talent contest. Local singers, dancers, jugglers and other uniquely talented folks will compete for the $1,000 top prize. A "Shooting Stars" division will showcase the younger set's talents. Fort Wayne favorite, Fawn Liebowitz, will entertain after the contest. $5.00 at the door. Sponsored by Star Financial Bank, WAJI 95.1 & WFFT FOX.

Tuesday, July 16 -- Tuesday night features Fort Wayne's own Brother, with Kill Nancy, and Indy-based The Easthills rounding out the night. Tuesday will also feature $2 beers and $2 specials in Junk Food Alley. Bring your two dollar bills! $2.00 at the door. Sponsored by OneMain Financial and Rock 104.

Wednesday, July 17 -- Concert and radio hard-working heroes, Sevendust, from Atlanta offers hard core music fans in Fort Wayne this one-of-a-kind outdoor all ages show with Devour the Day and Fort Wayne's Downstait. This show will not fail to amaze Festival fans. $15.00 advanced, $18.00 day of show, $15.00 with Three Rivers Festival Button at gate.Sponsored by WBYR The Bear.

Thursday, July 18 -- Thursday is a showcase of Fort Wayne's diverse pool of great local music. Come see your favorites on the Festival's big stage: I Wombat, Unlikely Alibi, URB and Cougar Hunter are in the driver's seat. $5.00 at the gate. Sponsored by Sweetwater, Whatzup & Rock 104.

Friday, July 19 -- Friday is College night in the Hanning and Bean Plaza! Bloomington's biggest party band, The Main Squeeze is "a raging funk experience". Find out why fans loved them at Bonnaroo and GlowFest. And for the best in Electronic Dance Music, from Chicago it's Willy Joy. Willy Joy's "Fly By Night" parties have become infamous touchstones of the eclectic new dance party sound coming out of the Windy City. His DJ sets and original productions have been packing sweaty dance floors across the country from major festivals like Lollapalooza. $8.00 at the door. Sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College and A Better Fort.

Saturday, July 20 -- What goes best with Fireworks and the end of a great Festival? Pink Droyd performing Pink Floyd's masterpiece "Dark Side of The Moon" in its entirety and other Floyd favorites. A full laser light show will make for a fun-filled night of audio-visual excitement. Always popular, The David Todoran Band will also perform on the heels of his newest CD "TRUE."

"We hope with this year's wide array of musical styles, we have something for everyone," explains Jack Hammer, Executive Director of the Three Rivers Festival. "Music brings people together, and what better place to come together than at our community's biggest summer party."

All Three Rivers Festival concerts are open to all ages; kids under 12 get in FREE with paid adult admission (except Sunday-kids 5 & under free). Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, June 3.

Tickets for the July 12, 13, 17, 19 & 20 shows can be purchased exclusively at the Embassy Box Office, 125 West Jefferson Boulevard, or by phone at (260) 424-6287. Tickets will also be available at the Three Rivers Festival Headquarters, 102 Three Rivers North, (260) 426-5556, or online at ThreeRiversFestival.org

About Three Rivers Festival

Since 1969, the Three Rivers Festival has grown to become Indiana's second largest summer festival, an annual nine-day community celebration. In the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, Headwaters Park serves as the hub for over 80 official and affiliated family-friendly Festival events.

Three Rivers Festival is a not-for-profit organization, funded entirely by vendor participation fees, souvenir sales, refreshments & entertainment ticket sales, and the generous sponsorship and support of area businesses.

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