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Powerful Performances kick off Clarksville’s Rivers and Spires

April 21, 2017 | Email This Post Print This Post

Rivers and Spires FestivalClarksville, TN – Clarksville’s 15th Rivers and Spires Festival began Thursday, April 21st not at a walk or a sprint, but like a race car roaring around the track. The performances on the Public Square Stage were a soulful adrenaline filled ride much like getting on the 50 mph triple looping Mind Bender roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia.

The festival start at 5:00pm and the party went on well past 10:00pm. The weather was warm with a slight breeze and best of all, the rain stayed away.

Chase and Ovation closes out Day One of the Rivers and Spires Festival.

Chase and Ovation closes out Day One of the Rivers and Spires Festival.

Northeast High School’s Exit One and JV Show Choirs, hometown favorites, started things off with Motown songs, show tunes and choreographed dance routines. Their musical work featured a wide range of strong voices, harmony and solo work that enthralled the audience.

They performed songs from a Chorus Line, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Temptations and many others.

“Playing here today was great. The weather held up. It was wonderful,” said Debbie Wilson, Northeast High School Choir Director. “I think the kids did super today.”

Who’s Bad took the stage at 7:15pm performing songs by Michael Jackson. Once they hit the stage, electricity filled the air and the excitement level reached ten. Who’s Bad performed songs throughout Michael Jackson’s career. The sound, the vocals, not to mention the thrilling dance moves delighted everyone. By the end of their show, the packed Public Square area was shouting, and grooving to the beat.

Who's Bad

Who’s Bad

Then enters Chase and Ovation performing songs in tribute to the late, great artist, Prince. Their sound and soulful performance took the ignited the audience and sent the adrenaline level soaring. Everyone was singing and swaying to the music.

Midway through the show, they performed a song by Sheila E. as well as “Jungle Love” and “The Bird” by Morris Day and the Time. The funk rock sound was exhilarating.

No one wanted to leave. No one wanted the party to end. This by far was the best opening day for Rivers and Spires in it’s 15 years. It was the largest crowd to kick off the festival that I have ever seen.

Both Who’s Bad and Chase & Ovation gave power packed performances and thrilled the crowd.

For more information on Who’s Bad, visit their website at:

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About the Rivers and Spires Festival

The 15th annual Rivers and Spires Festival will be held April 20th-22nd, 2017 in Downtown Clarksville. This event has five stages of entertainment with over 100 entertainers performing all three days. From children’s activities, arts & crafts, car shows, military exhibits, shopping and so much more this is truly an event for the whole family. Admission to the Festival is free including all games, activities and concerts.

For more information about Rivers and Spires, contact Lori Barnes at , Karyl Kirkland at or visit us at

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