The Kentucky Headhunters

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Apple Festival hosts rock concerts Friday, Saturday

Published 9:16pm Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Get ready to rock — or at least throw around a few seeds — at Apple Festival.

The Kentucky Headhunters, a Grammy Award-winning group of Southern rockers, are set to take stage Friday, while The System, a premier Bog Seger tribute band, will thrill the crowd Saturday.

Both are free shows and begin at 7 p.m.

The Kentucky Headhunters were founded in 1968 as Itchy Brother and became The Kentucky Headhunters in 1986.

With the release of its 1989 debut album, “Pickin’ on Nashville,” the band charted four consecutive Top 40 country singles, including “Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine,” “Dumas Walker,” “Oh Lonesome Me” and “Rock and Roll Angel.”

The group’s most recent album, “Dixie Lullabies,” was released in October of 2011.

The band’s name comes from the term “headchopper,” which blues musician Muddy Waters used to indicate he had supplanted another band in a gig.

The Kentucky Headhunters have won three Country Music Association awards, an award from the Academy of Country Music and a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo of Group with Vocal.

Also performing Friday at 5:30 p.m. is Joel Tacey of Tiptop Entertainment. Tacey has performed for thousands of kids, teens and families since 1995. Fans love his high-energy performance and positive attitude. Expect comedy, stilt-walking, juggling, magic and more.

The System is billed as the premier tribute band to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Bob Seger, whose career spanned more than five decades and produced 11 platinum albums.

The System has been performing to audiences across the country since 1999 and last appeared at the Apple Festival in 2009. The band is known for recreating the classic 1970s era concert experience by performing fan favorites, including hits from the “Live Bullet” album.

For more information about The Kentucky Headhunters, visit

More information on The System can be found at the website

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