Memorial Day events in the River District

Memorial Day brings an abnormal amount of entertainment to the River District—for a Sunday, that is. Besides the usual live music at the Irish Rose, WingDing kicks off at Davis Park, the Young at Heart Festival comes to a close, and Kryptonite hosts live music all day long for no cover charge.

New act Jimmy Shuckama’s Victory Slap will take the Irish Rose “stage” from 8:30-11:30 p.m. for a $3 cover. Playing folky/funky rock ‘n’ roll and blues, this band is refreshingly unique as they play more originals than covers—a hard task, it seems sometimes. Don’t take them too seriously, though, as their songs are riddled with personal jokes and ironic humor. The band is Adrian Brunett (vocals) whom you used to be able to see at Mary’s Place open mic, Douglas Fleming (guitar) who plays a regular solo gig during the weekends at Potbelly’s on East State Street, Chuck Macias (guitar) who plays with Fleming at other venues, and Pete Sandona (bass) of Cosmic Donkey. Info: 399-2375.

WingDing will be a loud day this year at Davis Park. With the bands Cold Mile Empty Soul, Breaking Benjamin, Steriogram and The Heavils, the festival kicks off at noon and runs until 6 p.m. Rock ‘n’ roll and wings go well together, so take a trip down to the park before you check out the rest of the acts downtown. It’s free, so what have you got to lose? For more information, call 874-2104.

The Young at Heart Festival highlights this year are The Kentucky Head Hunters and Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames. The Head Hunters are a Grammy Award-winning country/soul rock group who will be performing a one-night only show at 10 p.m., Sunday night. Buttons for the event are $5 for all four days, and that entitles you to a Memorial Day weekend packed full of music, food and fun. Young At Heart Festival is at 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park. For a complete listing of performers, call 877-6051.

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