Hot Springs Legends Balloon Rally


Hot air balloons and live music are on the lineup next weekend for the Hot Springs Legends Balloon Rally September 21-22 in Hot Springs. The rally takes place at Hot Springs Memorial Field Airport on Highway 70 West. The music lineup has been released and looks like classic rock band Air Supply and country singer Chris Young have singed on to play. Air Supply performs Friday ( Sept. 21) and Young the next night. Both concerts are free and open to the public to check out. 

The balloon rally features 25 of the top hot-air balloon pilots in the nation. Balloons are piloted by a veteran balloonist with no less than 300 hours experience. This year, the rally features two balloon glows after sunset.

“The balloon-glows are spectacular,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, in a news release. “All 25 balloons will be gathered behind the music stage, and the sight of them glowing from the inside is really something to see.”

Also of note, a giant screen ( 9-foot-by-16-foot)  display will return this year. According to Arrison via the news release, “We’ll show the Razorbacks-Rutgers game as part of our Tailgate Party Saturday [September 22]. Plus, we’ll also use the big screen to enhance fans’ enjoyment of our two musical acts.” Both concerts and the Tailgate Party are free and open to the public.

As to the music, Air Supply is from Australia and includes Graham Russell on guitar and singer Russell Hitchcock. The band formed in 1975 and in the early-80s scored a string of seven straight Top Five singles, including All out of Love from the album Lost in Love.

However, it is the live shows that the band is most known for. They were the first Western group to tour China, Taiwan and other countries that before would not allow pop music across their borders. In 1983 they recorded Making Love Out Of Nothing At All by Jim Steinman. Lost in Love,  All Out of Love, The One That You Love, Sweet Dreams, and Making Love Out Of Nothing At All have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio.

In 2012, the duo continues to play more than 150 shows a year worldwide, including stops in England, Ireland, Israel, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Canada, the U.S.

This year Chris Young received ACM ( Academy of Country Music) nominations for Male Vocalist and Single of the Year and most recently, Young’s fifth consecutive No. 1 single, You.

Last year he was nominated for CMA ( County Music Awards) New Artist of the Year along with his first Grammy nod. Young won Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Single of the Year at the 2011 American Country Awards and has made seven national TV appearances since the release of his third record, Neon, last summer.

Also of note, during the event there are no balloon rides. Also, don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs but be sure to leave your pup at home as no pets are allowed on the grounds. 


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