FlintFest musical lineup set

ALBANY — Much of the behind-the-scenes work is done .... now it’s time for officials with Albany’s first FlintFest to start spreading the word about the music and international festival.

“This puts us more in the promotional stage,” festival information co-chair Barbara Rivera Holmes said after announcing the musical lineup for the Oct. 1 gathering along the Flint River. “We can really get out and push the event now; we have a quality lineup of artists whose names will be familiar to music fans in the region.

“Good music, good friends and good food ... That’s what FlintFest is all about.”

Event entertainment chair Suzanne Davis said the eclectic musical lineup keeps with the spirit of the music and international festival.

“We’re very excited about the lineup,” Davis said. “We feel like we have a good array of groups on both the international and the main stages who will generate interest from fans within a 100- to 150-mile radius of Albany.

“We’ve got musical acts from Albany, Lee County, Tallahassee, Thomasville, Macon ... a very strong lineup from all musical genres.”

The Drew Tillman Band will start the day’s music on the main stage at noon with their unique blues stylings, and they will be followed by pop/contemporary artist Travis Goodson at 1 p.m.; soul group P&W Trio at 2 p.m.; the Swingin’ Harpoon Blues Band at 3 p.m.; contemporary artist Phillip Phillips at 4 p.m.; hip-hop artists The Hamptons at 5 p.m.; country group Highway 55 at 6 p.m.; the J Blues Band at 7:15 p.m.; contemporary Christian artists The Key at 8:30 p.m.; with local rockers The Bo Henry Band closing out the night with a 10:15 p.m.-to-midnight set.

One of the favorites from the past International Festival — the Caiko Drum Group from the local Okinawa Club — is scheduled to perform on the international stage, which will be set up at the Veterans Park Amphitheater. The main stage will be set up along the Flint Riverwalk in Riverfront Park.

“Things are progressing well with the international portion of the festival,” Teresa Smith with the Convention and Visitors Bureau said. “We’re encouraging all the schools in the area to get involved, and Dougherty High School has already confirmed that its students will take part.

“This will be a great opportunity for schools to set up an arts and crafts/exhibit booth in celebration of a country they choose. And we’re encouraging all schools — colleges, high schools, junior highs and elementary schools — to get involved.”

The committee of volunteers putting together FlintFest will continue to work on the festival through the rest of August and all of September in an effort to make it a premiere event for the region.

“We’ll keep working around the clock, fine-tuning everything,” Holmes said. “We’ll focus on all the little details — site layout, scheduling — and do everything we can to make this a showcase event for our region.”