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Seafood festival gets underway
Attendees of the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival have fun on carnival rides Friday morning, when children with special needs enjoyed the festival with slower paced rides and a lowered noise level. The festival continues through the weekend, with Little River Band, below, headlining at 9 p.m. Saturday. (Julia Harrison)

By Katie McGurl

The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival is well underway at J.F. Gregory Park, but many of the event’s top attractions, like Little River Band, are still to come.
The rock band headlines the festival with a 9 p.m. show Saturday. They promise a rockin’ good time at a concert that may be the area’s biggest music event of 2010.   
The festival got cranking Friday morning with an early opening for special needs children. The midway was a buzz with activity as children enjoyed the rides at a slower pace and a lowered noise level.
The festival gates were opened to the general public at 5 p.m. Friday, and regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Little River Band (LRB) is on tour celebrating its 35th anniversary and Bryan County and the surrounding area is invited to the party.
The Australian-born band, now predominately made up of Nashville-based musicians, is known for a string of hits from the late 1970s through the 1980s.
LRB’s sound is bright piano- and guitar-driven classic rock with soaring harmonies featured heavily in the choruses – reminiscent of Kansas or Toto. It’s the kind of music that sparks fond memories of a simpler time and engages the audience.
The News caught up earlier this week with lead singer and bassist Wayne Nelson, now in his 30th year with the band, who was kind enough to talk a bit more about Little River Band and what fans can look forward to for tonight’s show.

Pick up a copy of the Saturday edition of The News to find out what Nelson had to say.

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