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Chicago, Chris Tomlin, Hunter Hayes, Gavin DeGraw to perform at Fun Fest

staff report • Mar 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM

KINGSPORT — Award-winning, top-selling and legendary musical artists — Chris Tomlin, Hunter Hayes, Gavin DeGraw and Chicago — will headline the Fun Fest 2013 Sunset Concert Series.

Tomlin will kick off the series on Thursday, July 18, followed by Hayes on Friday, July 19. The festival finale will be Chicago and DeGraw on Saturday, July 20.

Fun Fest runs from July 12-20.

The Thursday night concert is the second Contemporary Christian Concert at the Sunset Series on the main stage. The evening will open with Big Daddy Weave, who has been climbing the charts fast with the single, “Redeemed” off the 2012 album “Love Come to Life.”

Tomlin, the headliner for this year’s Contemporary Christian Concert, became the fourth Christian music artist ever to garner the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 charts. Additionally, Tomlin has earned 10 No. 1 radio singles, three Grammy nominations, 18 Dove Awards, one platinum and three gold albums. He is best known for his singles, “Forever,” “Indescribable” and “How Great is Our God.”

Sponsors for the Thursday night concert are Phil Bachman Honda, Carter-Trent Funeral Homes, Tele-Optics Inc. and radio sponsor, 88.3 WCQR.

The Friday Night Concert kicks off with The Henningsens, who have just released their first song, “American Beautiful.” This family trio also wrote several songs for The Band Perry’s debut album.

Hayes, the headliner for Friday night, was named 2012 New Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association and Male Country Artist of the Year at the Teen Choice Awards. In October 2011, Hayes released his self-titled debut album, which included the Top 15 country single, “Storm Warning,” and the No. 1 singles “Wanted” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak.” This year, he was nominated for three Grammys and six Academy of Country Music awards. He is now touring with Carrie Underwood.

Sponsors for the Friday night concert are American Electric Power, AGC Glass Co. North America, Domtar and radio sponsor, WXBQ.

Fun Fest 2013 will end the week with two great entertainers. Singer, songwriter and musician DeGraw will open the evening with hits such as “In Love With a Girl,” “I Don’t Want to Be” and “Chariot.”

The night will end with one of the longest-running and most successful rock bands in history, Chicago. Chicago has earned 22 gold, 18 platinum and eight multiplatinum albums since its debut in the late ’60s. The band’s biggest hits include “If You Leave Me Now,” “Saturday in the Park” and “You’re the Inspiration.”

DeGraw has enjoyed success since launching his career in 2003 with his debut album, “Chariot,” which sold more than a million copies, earned platinum certification and yielded three hit singles. He followed that with his self-titled second album, which debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008.

Eastman Chemical Co. is the sponsor for the Saturday Night Concert. Radio sponsor for the event is WQUT.

The Sunset Series will take place on the Brock Services Stage at J. Fred Johnson Stadium. Additional series sponsors include Eastman Credit Union and the Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau.

G&K Services’ Friends of Festus VIP packages are a value-added option for concert-goers. Friends of Festus reserved seating packages are priced from $50 to $70 per seat, based on which night you are attending.

The package also includes a reserved parking area close to the stadium and a $15 Fun Fest merchandise gift certificate.

A limited number of Friends of Festus packages will be available beginning April 1. You can purchase your package at the Fun Fest office at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield St., Suite 100, Kingsport. For more information, call (423) 392-8806.

Beginning May 15, online Sunset Series general admission ticket packages can be purchased at www.funfest.net. Combo packs for Thursday and Friday are $25. The Thursday and Saturday combo pack, and the Friday and Saturday combo pack are each $30. The three-night package will be $45.

Combo tickets are only available online.

Any remaining single-night, general admission tickets will be available beginning at 9 a.m., Friday, June 21, at the Fun Fest Store at 400 Clinchfield St., Suite 100. Ticket pricing is $15 for Thursday and Friday nights and $20 for the Saturday night concert.

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