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Randy Rogers Band to headline Stripes River Fest Sept. 16-17 

The Randy Rogers Band, one of the biggest acts in Texas country music, headlines the Stripes River Fest 2016, which returns to the banks of the Concho River Sept. 16-17 with three concerts, a competitive washer-pitching tournament and a teeming kids court.

Many River Fest activities are free.

Tickets to the Randy Rogers Band concert on Saturday, Sept. 17, are on sale only at roadhousetickets.com. All tickets are general admission and cost $20. VIP packages are available for $60 each. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free.

A Cleburne native, Rogers scored his first two Billboard Hot Country Songs in 2005 off his independent label album “Rollercoaster.” A year later, his band made its major record label debut with the album “Just a Matter of Time.” In 2012, the band earned its first Billboard Top 40 hit with “One More Sad Song” from the album “Trouble.” Earlier this year, the band released “Nothing Shines Like Neon.” The album debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and at No. 47 on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 2 on the Independent Albums chart.

River Fest’s festivities begin Friday, Sept. 16, with a concert headlined by Tejano artist AJ Castillo, who performs in both Spanish and English. Stefani Montiel and Los Tejanos will open the show, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage, 16 E. Avenue A, and continues through midnight. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 21. The first 200 tickets will be priced at $12; thereafter, tickets will cost $14. They can be purchased at cosatx.us/tickets and at the City’s five outlets: the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive; Blair’s Western Wear at 4230 Sherwood Way, Pinkie’s Liquor Store at 1415 S. Bryant Blvd., Barbed Wire & Roses in Sunset Mall, and the Goodfellow AFB Event Center Information, Tickets & Tours Office. Tickets are also available by phone at 325-658-6464.

Castillo has released five albums since his 2009 debut, “Who I Am.” His most recent album, “Sin Limites,” was released in 2014 and debuted at No. 15 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Album charts. He is known for the unique sound of his playing of custom accordions and his energetic live performances.

Also Friday and Saturday nights, the Southside Lions Club will host its annual Fiestas Patrias celebrating Mexican independence at El Paseo de Santa Angela, 20 E. Avenue D. The celebration, including food, music and dancing, begins each evening at 6:30 p.m. and will continue until midnight.

River Fest’s fun continues all day Saturday, Sept. 17. Among the offerings will be a morning fun run culminating with a free family concert at the finish line at the RiverStage; Shannon Kids’ Stage performances by local youth groups and doctors; a three-on-three basketball challenge; a golf tournament at Santa Fe Golf Course; a kids court with a petting zoo, pony rides and bounce houses; paddle boating, kayaking and canoeing; and the Vega Washer-Pitching Tournament, along with bocce ball and chess, at The Bosque games court area.

Saturday’s packed lineup includes:

  • 10 a.m.-noon – A three-player scramble golf tournament, Santa Fe Golf Course. Registration is $25 per player at the course’s clubhouse at 111W. Veterans Memorial Drive (formerly River Drive).
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Six-on-six sand volleyball tournament at The Bosque. The teams will be coed with a minimum of two males and two females on the sand at all times. The cost is $10 per player paid on the day of the event. Registration will be courtside from 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Sept. 17, and will be limited to six teams. Play begins at 10 a.m., with cash prizes awarded by San Angelo Host.
  • 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Kids Court, featuring a petting zoo, pony rides, at least seven bounce houses (including two large inflatables), a sandbox and games in the former Neff’s Park area. Unlimited access bracelets will be available for $5.
  • 10 a.m.-7 p.m. – Concessions and vendors in the Neff’s Park area.
  • 10 a.m.-7 p.m. – Bocce ball and chess in The Bosque. Free.
  • 10 a.m.-7 p.m. – Paddleboats can be rented from The Grove, the concession stand in The Bosque for $10.50 for 30 minutes.
  • 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m. – Grogan’s Canoes and Kayaks at Celebration Bridge. The $5 wristband for the kids court includes these rides.
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Three-on-three basketball challenge. Two divisions: for players 16 and older, and for 15 and younger. Registration is $5 per player beginning Sept. 12 at the City’s Recreation offices, 702 S. Chadbourne St., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays or call 325-657-4450. Registration will be limited to first six teams paid in each age group. Teams may have male and/or female players. Games will be to 15 by ones, double-elimination, winner-take-all. Players will call their own fouls, with the tournament director settling disputes. The tournament director or his designee may call the last couple of games.
  • 11 a.m. -- Capt. Carl's Scavenger Hunt, Kids Court in the Neff's Park area. Registration at 10 a.m. Teams of 2, $5 per player, open to all ages. Teams race to gather 10 items in The Bosque and River Fest area. The first team to the finish with all 10 items wins!
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Youth flag football games near the Kids Court. The Bearcats square off against the Sharks at 11 a.m. The Jets host the Sky Hawks at 11:45 a.m. It's the Vipers versus the Bobcats at 12:30 p.m. And the Mohawks take on the Rattlesnakes at 1:15 p.m.
  • Noon-6:45 p.m. – Shannon Kids Stage performances in the Neff’s area featuring local youth groups, ballet students and high school bands from noon-4 p.m. followed by a kids talent show from 4:15 p.m-6:15 p.m., followed by a musical performance by Shannon doctors 6:15 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
  • Noon-7 p.m. – Live music presented by BackBeat Music Co. on the Chadbourne Stage under the Chadbourne Street bridge. Free. The lineup is: 11:30 a.m.-noon – Mike Rausch and Ron Spears, 12:05 p.m.-12:35 p.m. – Rowdy Richter and T. Gozney Thornton, 12:40 p.m.-1:10 p.m. – Robin Mahon and Ashley Munoz, 1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. – Brice Daniels and Satchel Williams, 1:50 p.m.-2:35 p.m. – Vicki Purdy, Tamara Laney and Kim Abel Snell, 2:40 p.m.-3:10 – Hugh Vincent, 3:15 p.m.-4 p.m. – Playground Fink, 4:10-4:55 p.m. – Chad Holloway Band, 5:05 p.m.-6:05 p.m. – The Trials, 6:15 p.m.-7 p.m. – Rockin’ Mambo Zombies.
  • 1 p.m.-3 p.m. – KIXY River Raft Race on the Concho River. For more information, call Foster Communications at 325-949-3333.
  • 1 p.m.-7 p.m. – Vega washer-pitching tournament in the games court in The Bosque. Registration is $40 per team. For more information, visit the Vega Washer Pitching Facebook page.
  • 3 p.m.-5 p.m. -- Tug of War at The Bosque. Register teams for $10 per squad from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 16 at Santa Fe Crossing, 702 S. Chadbourne St. Six teams of five pullers (males and/or females). Double-elimination. This competition will be done over a mud pit; entrants should expect to get dirty!
  • 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m. – Randy Rogers Band performs at the RiverStage with special guest Kyle Park opening the show. General admission tickets are $20 at roadhousetickets.com

In the event of inclement weather, Foster Communications Coliseum will accommodate the concerts. All other events are subject to a schedule change because of weather.

The first River Fest three years ago celebrated the 100th anniversary of Santa Fe Park and the then-recently completed improvements to the Concho River downtown. The fest proved such a success that it has since continued as an annual affair with the support of the title sponsor, Stripes Convenience Stores.

“We have three aims with River Fest,” Civic Events Director Sidney Walker said. “First, we want to make it bigger and better than last year. Two, we want to grow it into one of San Angelo’s signature events, along with the rodeo and Christmas at Old Fort Concho. We’re well on our way to reaching both of those goals. But the last mission is the most important: We want everyone to come out and have a fantastic time!”

For more information, go to cosatx.us/riverfest 

Last year's festivities