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Kick out the jams: Music highlights weekend

On Thursday, bikers from all over will descend upon Ironton’s riverfront for the seventh annual Rally on the River.

Even if motorcycles aren’t your thing, there is still definitely a reason to come and rally – the bands.

This year’s musical lineup boasts some serious talent.

Among those to perform is The Return from Ashland. The three-piece formed in 1986 with Dave Copley on bass, Mike Fitzpatrick on guitar, Gary Kesling on drums and all lending to the vocals.

The Led Zeppelin and Cream-influenced band has opened for Kansas, The Little River Band, Steppenwolf and more. This year they will be hitting the 92.7 The Planet Stage at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Blackberry Smoke from Atlanta, Ga. is slated to go on at 7 p.m. Friday. The Southern rock group includes Richard Turner on bass vocals, Charlie Starr on guitar and vocals, Brandon Still on keyboard, Brit Turner on drums and Paul Jackson on guitar and vocals. They have opened for some of themost influential bands of their genre, such as Lynyrd Skynard, ZZ Top and Shooter Jennings.

Closing out Friday night will be Edmonton Ky.’s own Black Stone Cherry.

The group comprised of Chris Robertson on guitar and lead vocals, Ben Wells on guitar, Jon Lawhon on bass and John Fred Young on drums was formed in 2001.

Since then they have obtained a faithful following and have released singles such as “Lonely Train” and “Soul Creek”. They have toured with Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Nickelback and will be on The Planet Stage at 10 p.m.

Unknown Hinson will close Saturday night with his over-the-top theatrics. The Charlotte, N.C. native blends psychobilly with country western music to produce something truly unique. His somewhat vampiric appearance complements his dark lyrics. His set is scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m.

Other bands on the bill for the four-day event are River Town, Derailed, Blues Crossing, Southern Thunder, Mojo King Band, The Earthquakers and Against the Grain.