Contemporary Christian Concert to be Featured at Beatles Festival

This year’s Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival and Symposium, set for Sept. 14 and 15 in downtown Walnut Ridge, will feature a contemporary Christian concert that Saturday afternoon, starting at 1 p.m.

Among those performing will be the JJ Weeks Band, who take the stage at 4:15 p.m. The band’s music has been featured on the official soundtracks for high-profile films “God’s Not Dead” and “Four Blood Moons.”

After Grace from Mountain Home will open the concert at 1 p.m., followed by We Are Vessel, a modern worship/Christian rock band from Waycross, Ga., at 2:15. Justin Teseniar, a Christian artist based out of Atlanta, will take the stage at 3:15, followed by the JJ Weeks Band.

The event is free, and buses are welcome.

Festival Chair Charles Snapp, who also serves as mayor of Walnut Ridge, said this year’s event will offer more music than ever before.

“We have worked on our music lineup to not only increase the number of acts, but also offer different types of music,” Snapp said. “There will truly be something for everyone.”

In addition to the contemporary Christian segment, there will be music on Friday night, as well as throughout the day Saturday, culminating with a performance by the Liverpool Legends from Branson.

The festival also includes an Artists and Authors Symposium that brings in renowned Beatles experts, a car show, a barbecue wing contest, a variety of vendors and activities for kids.

More information can be found at Anyone who needs vendor information can contact the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce at 870-886-3232.

Cathy Drew is a life long resident of the region that she loves to promote! As a matter of fact, she was born in Downtown Batesville in the late ’60s in one of the eight counties she now loves to encourage people to visit.
Drew is married to her husband of 27 years, Jeff Drew. Jeff and Cathy have a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew and his wife Devyn Stewart and can’t leave out her grandson Jase Drew. Of course Drew can’t skip the other part of her family, the pets! Lady Bird (a stray that was welcomed into their home June 2012) and of course Howard – the puppy was compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arrival at the Drew home. They also have Kasha which Cathy inherited when your mother passed in 2016 and they adopted Bullet a stray in November of 2016 and the newest arrival Bullet a stray adopted into the family.

Drew, part of Ozark Gateway Region since 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.) for the association where she helped produce their annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region June, 2000.