Pocahontas Site for 2nd Annual Rock


Kimberly J. Williams
 
Pocahontas hosts the 2nd annual Rock ‘N’ Roll Highway 67 Music Festival this weekend.

On Friday evening, Oct. 1, the historic downtown area is the site for an evening of fun for all ages. Karaoke begins at 6 p.m., followed by a “You Ain’t Nothing but a Hound Dog” contest, featuring pets dressed in 50s costumes. The Sock Hop revs up at 8 p.m. with music, dancing and contests for the best 50s and 60s costumes. For those brave enough, the Haunted Pocahontas Tour begins at 9 p.m. at the Randolph Music Theater.

Saturday, Oct. 2, is a full day of music, entertainment and fun! The schedule of events includes an antique car show, a Hula Hoop contest, dancing demonstrations by Marilyn’s Clogging, food and craft vendors, and a bus tour of historic rock ‘n’ roll sites located along Highway 67. Live music is planned throughout the day and evening, including performances by J.R. Rogers and the All-Star Band; Arkansas native Narvel Felts; and the legendary Mickey Gilley.

This year’s festival honors Arkansas’s own Bill Rice. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rice is the most award-winning songwriter in the history of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), with 73 awards to date. He was awarded ASCAP Writer of the Year six times and has been nominated for four Grammys. Such artists as Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, George Jones, and Reba McEntire have recorded his songs.

Go grab your saddle oxfords or penny loafers, get the Hula Hoop out of the garage, and head to Pocahontas this weekend! For more information, visit www.SeeRandolphCounty.com or phone 870-892-0254.

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2 comments on “Pocahontas Site for 2nd Annual Rock
  1. Linda Collins-Smith says:

    Hello Kim:
    Thank you for mentioning the Rock and Roll Highway 67 Music Festival. You are right, it is going to be a great festival and we hope you can come. We have people coming from as far as Australia! We hope you all come and have a Rockin’ Good Time!

  2. Linda Collins-Smith says:

    This years festival brought visitors from Australia and Canada and many calls about next years event. Just yesterday a lady said “I saw your Rock and Roll Highway 67 sign”…she was impressed with the history and loved the era…she will be at the rock and roll festival next year. A man who heads motor cycle tours every year somewhere in the state had his photo made under the sign, sent the photo to the group and if you can tell where the location he is you win a prize. The rock and roll highway signs have only been up less than a year but you can find loads of history when you tour rock and roll highway 67. Come by the Randolph County Tourism Accociations office in the historic courthouse on the square in Pocahontas to get information on the driving tour. This tour will offer historic
    markers and locations telling you about Elvis visit to Pocahontas, the most famous songwriter in ASCAP history who lived inRandolph county and grew up on highway 67 in Clay county and much more including rockers of that time Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Billy Lee Riley, Rhodes, K Wells and much more. This highway is alive In Pocahontas and new history is being made with the recent performances of Narvel Felts, Mickey Gilley, and Billy Joe Royal. Check out next years festival. Details released in January 2011. http://www.SeeRandolphCounty.com

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