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Riverfest

The Devonshires to headline
at Prospect fundraiser event

Proceeds to benefit EDGE Outreach

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

PROSPECT, Ky. (June 2012) – If you’re looking to have a fun, relaxing time listening to the sounds of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, your best bet is to get tickets to see The Devonshires perform. As a national touring group, the band consists of an all-star cast of musical brothers who won’t disappoint a crowd.
The Devonshires have performed for audiences across the United States from San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Chicago, Atlanta and Nashville to New York City and everywhere in between. This band has shared the stage with many rock legends such as Joe Coker, The Doobie Brothers, Jefferson Airplane, Eddie Money, Badfinger, The Edgar Winter Group, Paul Revere and the Raiders and The Temptations.

The Devonshires

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The Devonshires are a
nationally touring band.

Their shows are suitable for all ages due in part to the whole package they present. The brothers perform fully costumed with props and skits, intertwined with their exceptional musical talent.
The Devonshires have performed at such venues as Walt Disney World, Six Flags, Harrahs Casino, Clear Channel Communications, The American Red Cross, Texas Roadhouse, the United States Navy and the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
The band will be part of the lineup for the 2012 Riverfest Music Festival on June 29-30. Over a two-day period, 11 local performing artists and bands such as the Devonshires and the Louisville Crashers, will showcase their talent on the banks of the Ohio River in Prospect, Ky., at the Shady Glen Club. The Devonshires will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29.
Butchers Best of Prospect will be providing pork barbecue on Friday evening, and soft drinks and water will be available. The event will be emceed by Two Guys Having Fun, a popular local duo.
The stage for the Riverfest Music Festival is placed on the riverbank approximately 2.5 miles upriver from 12-Mile Island, off of Rose Island Road at 1504 Riverside Dr. Boaters can enjoy the event as well as those on land.
“They will be coming by sea and by land,” said Jim Willis, chairman of the organizing committee for the event.
A limited number of boat slips are available to rent for $100 per boat and $10 per person for weekend passes for up to three nights. A limited number of primitive camp sites are available also for $100 per site and $10 each person for a weekend pass.
“We invite people to bring their own coolers, picnic baskets and lawn chairs to this family-friendly event,” said Willis. While mostly locals come to the event, last year people from Michigan and Ohio did visit.
Willis is a member of the Shady Glen Club, the organization hosting the festival. It is a river club that has existed since the late 1940s, he said. Willis joined because of “a love for the river, interest and respect for the river.”
He said this festival is a way to give back to the community. “It was started 11 years ago to support clean water activity around the river.”
The Riverfest Music Festival is a fundraiser for Louisville-based EDGE Outreach. This organization is a Louisville-based 501c(3) entity whose mission is to bring clean drinking water to developing communities and disaster environments around the world. Since its founding in 2001, EDGE Outreach has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in more than 23 countries, including Haiti, India, Kenya, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.
“Ticket sales and sponsorships allows us to continue our life-saving work of bringing training and technology to developing countries that are in need of safe, clean drinking water,” said Claudia Daniels, Director of Development for EDGE Outreach.
This is not the only fundraiser held throughout the year for EDGE Outreach. An annual gala, “I Thirst,” will be held in October and an annual Golf Outing will be held on Sept. 24.
The festival is a joint effort of Jim Willis and the Shady Glen Club. Willis and his wife, Mary Pat, live next door to the club and are musicians.
“Basically, what was once an annual party turned into a music festival. Several years ago they decided to sell tickets and give the proceeds to a charity,” said Daniels. “For the past several years they have chosen EDGE to be the beneficiaries.”
Daniels said the “uniqueness of Riverfest is that it is a true gift to EDGE. We don’t put on this event; but, we are blessed with the proceeds. It’s a casual family event that is affordable and fun. It’s a community pulling together to do the right thing, which is helping others. It’s about caring.”
The thing that attendees seem to like best about the Riverfest Music Festival is that “the view is just remarkable,” said Willis. “It is a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. And the quality of the musicians exceeded our expectations. They’re the best in the mid-West.”
Willis said that every year, more than 60 bands will request consideration for inclusion in this event. A review panel looks for diversity as well as complimentary acts.

• The festival will be held rain or shine. Advance tickets are $10 a day for a two-day pass or $10 per day the day of the event. Children under age 8 get in with a voluntary donation. For more information or to make reservations, call (502) 558-1033 or visit: www.RiverFestLouisville.com.

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