Runaway Planet to play FilmFest fundraiser

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Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Inc., a Batesville educational non-profit organization, will present Arkansas bluegrass band, Runaway Planet, at a fundraising event, Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. The event will take place at Elizabeth’s, 231 E. Main St. in Batesville.

Runaway Planet is “…a traditionally-based bluegrass band with modern lyrics, excelling in tight, three-part vocal harmonies and highly skilled instrumentation with rock, folk and jazz influences,” noted a press release announcing the event.

Band members say their style and sound have been heavily influenced by the founding fathers of bluegrass as well as the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, New Grass Revival and the Avett Brothers. Runaway Planet has released two albums and have performed at the Clinton Presidential Library and the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Tex.

Video of the group performing on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is available at aetn.org/programs/aetnpresents/onthefrontrow/runawayplanet.

Tickets for the benefit performance can be purchased in advance at Elizabeth’s or by calling (870) 251-1189. They are $35 and include the performance, as well as appetizers and beverages, and a silent auction.

The benefit performance is sponsored by Kent’s Firestone of Batesville.

Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Inc. was formed in 2001 with the mission of showcasing non-commercial film through the Ozark Foothills FilmFest, held every April, and providing video production training for youth through the T Tauri Movie Camp Summer Artist Residency Project, held every July.

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