GENEVA FESTIVAL ON THE RIVERS
LAST SATURDAY IN APRIL
APRIL 25th, 26th & 27th, 2014
Have lunch with our food vendors they welcome you to the Food Court Saturday and entertainment at t he food court and through out the park. Enjoy the music from a variety of local artists and surrounding areas.
Allie Coleman (sings & plays acoustic guitar)
Leah Solomon (sings traditional & country)
Highway 40 Band (country, country rock, blues & classic rock n' roll)
Flat Creek Bluegrass (traditional bluegrass & bluegrass gospel)
The Smokehouse Boys (country, classic rock n' roll and some new songs)
Taylor Weeks (sings & plays acoustic guitar classic & modern country)
Music Xpress with George Fass who will be playing some great songs on Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Dance or listen to the music as you renew friendships in a relaxed atmosphere!
DICKEY MERRITT AND THE ORIGINAL BAMA JAM could possible be the most versatile and entertaining music quartet in the tri-state area, gaining fans by the years as they perform for audiences from Alabama, Florida, and Georgia since 1973. Leader Dickey Merritt of Enterprise has been performing almost all his life and since the early 70's with his band "Bama Jam". His personality and tremendous voice make the foursome a much in demand group.
Dickey grew up in Geneva and attended Geneva High. He has been an entertainer since preteen years and has been working, or he says playing, for almost 50 years. Richard Hinson, guitartist and the number two vocalist, adds much variety and quality to the group. Jeff Peacock, saxophonist and vocals, a Marianna boy now living and working as a chemist for the city of Panama City, adds first class musicianship to the other trio of professionals.
Royce Reagan from Marianna, hometown Geneva native and former Band director of Geneva High, works on keyboard, vocals, and percussion and adds his vocals to the "tight" sound of the multi-variety band. Some performances indlude two governor balls...Alabama and Florida, opened for Alan Jackson, River Festival, Charity Horse and Music Festival in Panama City and more....
At the young age of five, Shane Owens' parents gave him a set of drums, and at age six he started singing in the church choir. The choir had members of all ages, but the youngsters powerful voice drew most of the attention, especially on his favorite hymns, like I'll Fly Away.
While Owens was still quite young, his father, who was also a singer, and his mother separated. Owens and his older twin sister, who were born exactly one minute apart, stayed with his mother, who never missed the Saturday night broadcast of The Grand Ole Opry out of Nashville.
Country music was always playing in the Owens household. Artists like Don Williams, Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs were often heard, while George Jones and Vern Gosdin became particularly influential in Owens' work.
During high school, sports and other school activities took up most of his time, but after graduation in 1990, Owens found a guitar teacher, the highly acclaimed Shelly Commander, and put his focus back on music. Commander immediately recognized Owens' talent and put him to work playing in Commander's band on the weekends. The band line-up changed three of four times, but Owens always remained a member.
He won the Jimmy Dean Country Showdown State Competition in Alabama two years in a row in 1995 and 1996 and made it as far as the national semi-finals. He first went out on his own in 1996, when he and his backup band played the Civic Center in Ozark, Alabama with Conferderate Rail Road. Not long after, Owens married. He and Lisa are now the proud parents of two boys, and he still calls Alabama his home.
Owens, now in his early 40's never stopped performing. He has shared the stage with many of Country's top artists, including Hank Williams Jr., Lorrie Morgan, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Kenny Chesney, Pam Tillis, Ronnie Milsap, Billy Dean, Keith Urban, Exile and dozens of others, while touring all over the South. The tracks on Owens' Rust Records CD are the best he has done thus far. He wrote seven of the 13 tunes himself, while the remaining tracks were written by his various music industry friends
DICKEY MERRITT AND THE ORIGINAL BAMA JAM