WALNUT RIDGE – The schedule has been set for the Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival and Symposium Sept. 20-21 in downtown Walnut Ridge. Two outdoor stages will feature music, including a return appearance of the Grammy-nominated Liverpool Legends, contemporary Christian performances and a Friday night concert that will trace the roots and branches of rock 'n' roll music.
This year’s festival will feature eight bands, including Louise Harrison’s Branson-based Liverpool Legends, who will close out the festival on Saturday night on the Cavenaugh Rock n' Roll High Stage.
Friday night, Lockhouse Orchestra will perform from 6-9 p.m. on the First National Bank Beatles Park Stage, starting with rockabilly and country tunes from the ’50s and ’60s and then covering rock songs from the ’60s and ’70s and finishing up with Beatles favorites.
A contemporary Christian lineup is slated on the First National Bank Beatles Park Stage on Saturday, starting with the Williams Baptist University Worship Team at 1 p.m., and Justin Warren will perform at 4 p.m. Another Christian band is to be scheduled for 2:30 p.m., as well.
Bodagus will kick off Saturday’s performances on the Rock n’ Roll Hwy. Stage at 1:30 p.m., followed by Cory Jackson at 3:30 p.m. and Gary Hardy & Memphis 2 at 5:30p.m. The Legends are scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
Having received many honors from the Arkansas Festival and Events Association, including being named 2017 Festival of the Year, Beatles at the Ridge also includes a two-day Artists and Authors Symposium that brings in renowned Beatles experts.
The symposium kicks off at noon Friday, Sept. 20. This year’s featured author is Jim Berkenstadt and the featured artist is Ken Orth. The theme for this year’s symposium is Beatles memorabilia. Not only will different memorabilia be discussed, there will also be rare Beatles memorabilia on display at the event, as well.
Beatles at the Ridge also features a car show, a barbecue wing contest, a variety of vendors, local entertainment and activities for kids. More information can be found at beatlesattheridge.com. Vendor information is available through the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce by calling 870-886-3232.