‘Cowboys’ comin’ to town for concert

Published 7:18 pm Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Kinchafoonee Cowboys will be riding into town this Friday—they’re the headline band performing at the 2010 River Town Days concert Friday.

The concert will take place at the Performing Arts stage in the Earle May Boat Basin. Beginning the music at 6:30 p.m. will be Midnight Matinee and Searcy Smith. Popular local favorites, the Leigh Mullis Band, will perform at 7 p.m., leading into the Kinchafoonee Cowboys’ concert at 8 p.m.

The Kinchafoonee Cowboys, named after the Kinchafoonee Creek near Albany, Ga., hail from Southwest Georgia but now make their home in Athens, Ga., where they have made recurring appearances around Georgia. The Cowboys have been playing an energetic mix of country and Southern rock since the early 1990s and have opened for many popular Nashville country artists. They have released four studio albums, including their latest, 2005’s “Cowboy Ways: Live at the Georgia Theatre.”

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You can find out more about the band at their Web site, www.kinchafooneecowboys.com.

A Bainbridge native who is currently balancing college with her music interests, Leigh Mullis has been performing on stage since she was 12 years old. She was the lead singer of Due South until 2006, when she formed her current band.

Mullis’ music crosses a variety of styles, from country to rock to pop. A singer/songwriter who also plays the guitar, Mullis has drawn favorable comparisons to artists like Taylor Swift and Michelle Branch.

Some local music fans may remember Mullis’ well-received performance opening for country superstar Jason Aldean at Bainbridge’s Fourth of July celebration in 2008. She’s also opened for country legend Aaron Tippin, has performed in the honky tonks of Nashville, Tenn., and has made regular appearances in Tallahassee and Carrabelle, Fla.

Fans can listen to Mullis’ music and find out more about her at www.leighmullisband.com.

Ducky Dash for Cash

The 2010 Rubber Ducky Dash for Cash will be held at the River Town Days Festival on Saturday, May 8.

At the festival, 5,000 ducks will be dumped into the Flint River, where they will navigate through a race course to the finish line behind the Chamber of Commerce building in the Earle May Boat Basin. The first-place duck will win a guaranteed $5,000 cash, and other cash and prizes will be awarded to top-placing ducks.

One duck in the race has a chance to win $1 million. A pre-determined duck will be chosen as the million dollar duck. If the million dollar duck comes in first or second in the race, the owner will win $1 million.

Race ducks can be claimed for $5 each and are available at numerous businesses around town, including Family Bank, First National Bank, First Port City Bank, Park Avenue Bank, PeoplesSouth Bank, RX Drugs, The Southwest Georgia Welcome Center, Palmer Insurance, Port City Deli, MediaCom, and the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce.

Other great prizes that will be drawn in conjunction with the Ducky Dash for Cash include four Atlanta Braves tickets for a game in June, a pair of Costa del Mar sunglasses from Bainbridge Vision, a one-year membership to Curves, a $25 gift certificate from Flowers by Cooper, a $100 value massage and facial from Serenity Spa, two car washes from Tommy T’s, $100 garden package from Home Depot, a 16-by-20 portrait from Susan Barnard Photography and a gift certificate from Faye Martin/Elizabeth’s Catering.