AT&T and HOGVILLE.NET To Sponsor Pre-Game Concert in The Gardens Saturday

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – and AT&T have teamed up with the University of Arkansas again to provide a free concert in The Gardens prior to this Saturday’s Tennessee-Arkansas football game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Oreo Blue, a popular Fayetteville band, will headline a free concert in The Gardens tailgate area located on Razorback Road just south of Bud Walton Arena. Darren Ray will open the free concert at 12:00 pm. Comedian Chad Hays will follow before Fayetteville’s Hunkr Down and Oreo Blue take the stage. DJ Shannon will play music beginning at 10:30 am.

Former Razorbacks Todd Day and Larry Satchell will also be at The Gardens Saturday afternoon to sign autographs.

Oreo Blue is widely regarded as one of the region’s top acts and has thrilled audiences for over 15 years in clubs, at festivals, corporate parties, and special events. Oreo Blue has produced six independently released original audio CDs that have sold copies in 20 different countries. Oreo Blue has been named Blues Band of the Year five times.

Hunkr Down was named the Dance/Party Band of the Year at the 2005 OMA Awards. Hunkr Down is fronted by dynamic and charismatic frontman, Kyle Gibson. The band is made up of four of the region’s most talented musicians. Hunkr Down released their long-awaited CD, TREATS in 2006. Their first release in a decade. Hunkr Down has long been one of the most in-demand live acts in the region landing key bookings for marquee events.

Darren Ray is best known as the front man for power trio, Big Bad Bubba. He has shared the stage with such acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, The Doobie Brothers, Blue Oyster Cult, Nazareth, Tesla, Foghat, Molly Hatchet and many others. Their 2003 release, Unleashed, was named Album of the Year in 2003. Darren’s latest solo release, Guitar Man was named Album of the year in 2005. Darren’s soulful and powerful vocals have earned him Best Vocalists awards for nearly a decade and continues to be considered one of the region’s best male vocalists by peers and critics. He was inducted into both the OMA and NAMA Halls of Fame in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

A limited number of gazebos are still available for rent for Saturday’s game. For more information, contact the Razorback Marketing Office at 479-575-7404.

The Gardens was created and built though the generosity of former Razorback football players Jerry Jones and Jim Lindsey.