Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Young `Star' Singing at Suwannee River Jam

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Young `Star' Singing at Suwannee River Jam

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Denise Manning of Macclenny placed first in the "Search for the

Stars" talent competition, part of the preliminary festivities

for the upcoming Suwannee River Jam. The contest's final round

was held March 7 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, which

will be host to the country music festival April 3 and April 4.

With that win, Manning earned an opening slot on the jam's

second day of music.

Manning, a 15-year-old sophomore at Baker County High School,

won the competition over representatives from nine other

counties from South Georgia and North Florida.

Manning sang four songs with her band, the Stateliners

(guitarists Chuck Haynie, Chuck Crockett and Dink Thornton,

drummer Rick Fryfield and bassist Cliff McClain).

"I love to perform, and that is what I want to do for a

living," Manning said.

Manning will open the second day of the festival, preceding

Diamond Rio on the lineup. Tallahassee's Whiskey River Band will

open the jam on April 3. For more information, call (904)

364-1683.

Etc.: Jacksonville will be host to one of the hottest radio

shows in the country, when talk radio host and disc jockey Tom

Joyner lands at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts'

Jim and Jan Moran Theater.

Joyner and his roster of cohosts will broadcast the Tom Joyner

Morning Show from 6 to 10 a.m. May 8, as part of WSOL (V101.5

FM)'s first anniversary celebration. For more information, call

(904) 696-1015.

On a religious note, Christian vocalist Sandi Patty will

perform at the Times-Union Center at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets to

that show are $17.50 in advance, $19.50 day of the show. Call

(904) 630-3900 for information.

Jazzin': Jazz fans have a wide range of entertainment options

over the next week.

For the tradition-minded, there is the Preservation Hall Jazz

Band . The New Orleans-based band, keepers of the classic jazz

flame, will perform Sunday at Jacksonville University as part of

the Jacksonville University Artist Series. …

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