GALLIPOLIS — With Gallipolis River Recreation at an end, Gallia residents turn to look forward to another of the region’s largest festivities, the Gallia Junior Fair.
The fair traditionally lines up a variety of entertainment and this year gospel, rock and Christian contemporary musicians will be taking the stage. The fair will be headlined by such acts as Jeff and Sheri Easter, Tenth Avenue North, William Michael Morgan, Little Texas, Cloggers, Deep Creatures and ZZ Top tribute band Eliminator KC.
Jeff and Sheri Easter will take the Holzer Main Stage Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The pair were introduced in August 1984 while at the Albert Brumley Sundown to Sunup Gospel Sing in Arkansas and were married 10 months later, according to their website biographical information. The pair have frequently performed during Gaither Homecoming events. On stage their children have joined them with Madison playing guitar and Morgan singing.
Tenth Avenue North is often recognized as a contemporary Christian rock group that takes its name from a road in Palm Beach County, Fla. Compromised of Mike Donehey (lead singer, guitar), Jeff Owen (guitar and vocals), Brendon Shirley (singing and keys), Ruben Juarez (singing and bass) and Jason Jamison (drums), the band. The band’s album Over and Underneath gained national notoriety in 2008. Their song “Love is Here” was recognized for reaching the third highest spot on the top 20 according to weekend22.com. They take the stage Aug. 1 at 8:30 p.m.
William Michael Morgan is a young country musician and will be taking the stage at the Gallia Junior Fair Aug. 2 at 8:30 p.m. According to tasteofcountry.com, Morgan’s “I Met a Girl” took the number two slot on Country Airplay’s chart and then numbered eight on the Hot Country Songs chart last year.
Little Texas will play at the fair at 8:30 p.m., Aug. 3. According to the band’s website, they infused a rock look with the country music of the early 90s. The group first signed as an arena act. They would travel with Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood on tour before touring on their own.
The group’s cover of “Peaceful Easy Feeling” charted well; albeit, without an official release, and with that, Little Texas broke another record in country music history: three different songs on three different charts with three different lead singers, all at the same time. It is a feat that has never been repeated since by any band. The year 1994 also brought the lineup an Academy of Country Music Award for “Vocal Group of the Year.”
Deep Creatures will perform Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. after a local clogging group. The Deep Creatures are a band hailing from southeastern Ohio. Formerly known as StillWater, the Deep Creatures experienced tragedy with the loss of their band mate, and founder of StillWater Kevin Jolley. After the loss, it was time for a change and a new identity. The Deep Creatures are comprised of the trio of Roy Mayes, BJ Rocchi and Kent Jolley.
The band has decades of combined experience performing many genres of music. The Deep Creatures have influences ranging from bluegrass to heavy metal.
ZZ Top tribute band Eliminator Kansas City are a group of three gentlemen who have traveled from coast to coast in an attempt to recreate ZZ Top’s performance as close as they can. The trio has shared the stage with Steppenwolf, Ted Nugent, B.B. King and more. They will be taking the stage Aug. 5 at 8:30 p.m.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.