The Ravenswood Ohio River Festival Committee is pleased to announce the upcoming Elimination Dinner and Auction, which will take place on Saturday, March 14, at the First United Methodist Church Hall located at 719 Flinn Avenue in Ravenswood. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at Wesbanco or by calling 304-273-2293.
This event is a fundraiser for the 2020 Ravenswood Ohio River Festival, which will be held on August 7-9 at Washington’s Riverfront Park.
Last year’s festival featured everything from musical entertainment provided by Restless Heart and the Eagles Tribute Band to creative craftsmanship for the Cardboard Boat Race, and let’s not forget the National Speedboat Races.
Other festival features include plenty of food vendors showcasing a wide variety of tasty treats and bouncy houses and water slides to keep the kids entertained for hours.
The 2020 Ravenswood Ohio River Festival will feature the musical talents of The Davisson Brothers Band, Country Music Artist Darryl Worley, and Solitary Man Will Chalmers in a Tribute to Neil Diamond.
About the acts:
• The Davisson Brothers Band, hailed as Rolling Stone Country “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know,” boast musical foundations that are classic, obvious and etched in stone.
Singer Donnie Davisson commands attention with his working-class, Van Zant-like vibe, and the rest of the band – including drummer Aaron Regester, guitar player extraordinaire Chris Davisson and bass player Rus Reppert – gives body to a punchy throw-down sound with echoes of the Marshall Tucker Band, Skynard, Bon Jovi, ZZ Top, Neil Young, and 38 Special. The sonics are based in old-school rock ‘n’ roll, while the messages support all-American fundamentals: family, self-determination, and satisfaction in a job well done.
The Davisson Brothers Band have emerged as a regular component on the festival circuit including a performance at CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival in Australia that underscored their bona fide hit Down Under with “Po’ Boyz.” Their album Fighter, recorded with ace producer Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band), represent their show well. Donnie sings with ferocity, and the instrumental parts – from Chris’ convincing solos to Regester’s powerful backbeats – are delivered with sinewy directness.
For more information visit: davissonbrothersband.com.
• Darryl Worley - The rich, reedy tones and all-American, blue-collar themes in his #1 hits “I Miss My Friend,” “Awful, Beautiful Life” and “Have You Forgotten?” are reminders of the down-to-Earth, Haggard-like Darryl Worley you always knew.
The island vibes and blue-eyed soul in new songs “It’s Good To Be Me” and “Lonely Alone” suggest there’s another, almost-funky, version of Worley that’s been kept under wraps.
Born and raised in southern Tennessee by a Methodist minister and a church-choir mom he describes as a “prayer warrior,” Worley started his musical career at the FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals, under the tutelage of producer/publisher Rick Hall (Mac Davis, Jerry Reed), where he remained for a solid five years. He played clubs almost nightly, honing his stage craft at the same time he was woodshedding his songwriting skills, and as Worley gained confidence, he found his way to Nashville. There, he secured a recording deal in 1999 on the basis of some demo recordings that showcased his authoritative vocals and his understanding of the hard-working country audience.
Worley will showcase his musical talents at the Ravenswood Ohio River Festival on Saturday evening, Aug. 8.
• Will Chalmers has been performing his tribute to Neil Diamond for the past eight years. His show appeals to all ages and he loves to get the audience involved by encouraging them to clap and singing along. Will’s natural resemblance to Neil Diamond, his flawless replication of Neil’s singing voice, combined with his outstanding stage presence has been captivating audiences wherever he goes. The response from Neil fans has been an unbelievable experience. Will is both friendly and personable and people approach him with ease, he is always available to speak to people after the performance and welcomes their comments.
Neil Diamond is a Living Legend and it is with much respect and admiration for the singer songwriter that Will Chalmers tribute is performed. People leave the show with a smile on their face and a song in their heart.
Will Chalmers is set to perform on Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Ravenswood Ohio River Festival.
Fundraisers such as the Elimination Dinner and Auction allow the Ravenswood Ohio River Festival Committee the financial capability to bring in great musical acts, as well as provide wonderful family fun for the community and surrounding areas.
Again, tickets for the dinner are $20 each and may be purchased at Wesbanco or by calling 304-273-2293.
For additional information regarding the festival, visit their Facebook page under Ravenswood OHIO RIVER Festival.