Eddy Raven, known for his Cajun-influenced country music, will be the featured entertainer during the Oct. 11-13 Fall Festival in downtown Van Buren.
Raven, who has been a recording artist since 1962, will perform at 7:10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, on the stage at the depot on Main Street.
Festival goers are urged to bring their own lawn chairs as seating will be limited for the free concert, according to Wes Turner, president of The Old Town Merchants Association.
Born in Lafayette, La., Raven has charted more than 35 singles in his career, including the No. 1 hits “I Got Mexico,” “Shine, Shine, Shine,” “I’m Gonna Get You,” “Joe Knows How to Live,” “In a Letter to You” and “Bayou Boys.”
Raven had 17 consecutive Top Tens between 1984 and 1990.
He has written songs for a wide range of rock and country recording artists, including Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Kenny Chesney, Roy Orbison, George Jones, Toby Keith, Waylon Jennings, Lefty Frizzell, Carl Smith, Heather Myles, Brenda Lee, Don Gibson, Faron Young, Jack Greene, Gene Watson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lorrie Morgan, Roy Acuff, Jerry Reed, Oak Ridge Boys, Connie Smith and Charlie Louvin
He recently co-wrote the song “Cabo San Lucas” with Toby Keith that Keith recorded.
”Eddy Raven’s kind of music is rich in lyrical imagery and strong in artistic roots,” Turner said. “He has been writing and playing a mixture of rock, country, Cajun and blues since he was a Louisiana teenager.”
Opening for Raven will be Hannah Brown at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 12.
Fall Festival will open at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct, 11, with a free concert featuring the Jesus Man Gospel Band.
Saturday, Country Gospel Connection will play from 10 a.m. to noon, Brittany Hollis from noon to 1 p.m. and and Bill Flash from 1 to 2 p.m.
Caleb Garrett will be on stage from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Lexi Gartman from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and Willin’ & Able from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Arts and crafts booths will line Main Street both Saturday and Sunday Oct. 12-13, beginning at 9 a.m., according to Patricia Howard of TOTMA.
“We will have a wide variety of arts and crafts this year,” Howard said. “Several states will be represented as interest has been at an all-time high this year.”
Howard said there also will be an increased number of food vendors.
Other activities include A&M excursion train rides at 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday and the pancake breakfast at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Van Buren Masonic Lodge No. 6 at 18 Fayetteville Road.