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1st annual Ozarks Music Fest to benefit local children

Springfield's newest music festival takes place later this month: the first annual Ozarks Music Fest to benefit local children and families served by Shriners Children's Hospitals and the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield, in cooperation with the Ozarks Sertoma Club. Ozarks Music Fest is scheduled for Friday and Saturday August 27 and 28 in the south lot at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 1935 S. Campbell. The event's lineup of musical artists includes blues singer Shemekia Copeland headlining the Friday-night Aug.27 concert; Ivan Neville's new band "Dumpstaphunk" from New Orleans headlines the Saturday night show. Also appearing: Aunt Kizzy's Boyz from San Diego; Joanne Shaw Taylor and the Zac Harmon Band, and Ernie and Earl Cate with their annual Springfield reunion show. The talent lineup also includes 10-year-old guitarist Tallan Noble Latz, who blew away the judges on "America's Got Talent"; Memphis-based blues favorite Reba Russell; and another returning favorite, guitarist Michael Burks and his band. For more information on the first annual Ozarks Music Fest, visit their website www.ozarksmusicfest.com.