The big show of the weekend in Phenix City is the football game Saturday night between longtime Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rivals Albany State University and Tuskegee University.
Both teams bring a 1-0 record into White Water Classic IV that kicks off at 5 p.m. in Garrett-Harrison Stadium.
But it is not the only big show.
Donell Jones will lead a group of musical artists performing at the Phenix City Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Besides Jones, Willie Clayton, D.S.O.S., and JohnBoy and SurroundSouund are also performing.
The son of a gospel singer, Jones is a popular R&B artist best known for hits such as “U Know What’s Up,” “Where I Wanna Be,” “Knocks Me Off My Feet,” “You Know That I Love You” and “This Luv.”
Soul singer Willie Clayton has been a recording artist since the 1970s.
He’s known for songs such as “Dance the Nite Away,” “Never Too Late” and “We Both Grown”.
JohnBoy And Surround Sound is a 16-piece band led by Johnathan “John Boy” Wright, who is featured on the hit song “Wobble” by rapper V.I.C.
Wright was one of the song’s writers.
D.S.O.S., also known as Deeper Shades of Soul, is a local group that always draws a crowd.
The band played at Riverfest this year.
If you go
What: White Water Classic Kickoff Concert featuring Donell Jones, Willie Clayton, D.S.O.S., JohnBoy and Surround Sound
When: Friday, Sept 8 at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m.
Where: Phenix City Amphitheater, 508 Dillingham St.
Cost: $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Check with pcwhitewaterclassic.com for advanced tickets and information on classic events.
Details: Audience members may bring folding chairs or blankets. No coolers or pets are allowed. Concessions include adult beverages will be available.