Summer doesn’t officially begin until June, but downtown Kingsport is getting into the spirit of the season a little early with the return of its annual summer concert series.
“This series continues to grow each year. People now expect it and anticipate it. It’s showing no signs of slowing down,” said Emily Thompson, marketing and communications manager for the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s kind of become a festival that it doesn’t necessarily even matter what kind of music we have on these nights. People just want to come out and be with their friends and co-workers and neighbors and really just enjoy a night out on the street.”
Twilight Alive and Bluegrass on Broad will kick off later this month and will continue each week with Twilight Alive concerts at 7 p.m., Thursdays through Sept. 12 and Bluegrass on Broad concerts at 7 p.m., Fridays through Aug. 30. The concert series will, however, take a break during Fun Fest.
Both Twilight Alive and Bluegrass on Broad are staged on Broad Street in downtown Kingsport.
The Thursday night concerts feature tribute and cover bands, Southern Rock, new country and beach music.
And the Friday night Bluegrass on Broad concerts will continue to keep everyone who loves bluegrass satisfied, said Thompson.
“These concerts have grown into a great family event. You’ve got all ages out there enjoying a good mix of music and it just keeps people coming out again and again each week,” she said.
The harmony-drenched, boot-stomping, rowdy, rootsy Americana band Folk Soul Revival will kick off Twilight Alive on May 30.
FSR recently released its third album, “Prompting the Dapperness,” which reached No. 12 on the iTunes country charts and No. 99 on the overall charts on the day of its release. In 2010, the band’s second album, “Words Off the Tongue,” was ranked among the Top 15 Albums of the Year by No Depression magazine. The Virginia Tourism Board named FSR the Virginia Band of the Year in 2011, and in 2012, readers of Virginia Living Magazine voted Folk Soul Revival among the top three bands in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Folk Soul Revival will be followed by the ZZ Top tribute band Eliminator on June 6; The David Mayfield Parade, June 13; Jimmy Buffet tribute band A1A, June 20; Tom Petty tribute band The Waiting, June 27; Shenandoah, July 4; Brad Blackwell, July 25; Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Aug. 1; Benny Wilson Band and Ivy Road, Aug. 8; The Devonshires, Aug. 29; Orange Krush, Sept. 5; and The Catalinas, Sept. 12.
Bluegrass on Broad will open with a performance by the Town Branch Bluegrass Band on May 10, followed by Blue Edition, May 17; Sapling Grove, May 24; Appalachian Trail, May 31; Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, June 7; Duty Free, June 14; Daniel Boner and Daysight, June 21; Fiddlin’ Carson Peters, June 28; Paul Williams and the Victory Trio, July 5; Constant Change Bluegrass Band, July 26; David Davis and the Warrior River Boys, Aug. 2; Mardi Grass, Aug. 9; James Alan Shelton, Aug. 16; Tennessee Skyline, Aug. 23; and the ETSU Pride Band, Aug. 30.
For both the Twilight Alive and Bluegrass on Broad concerts, patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs and set up in the street or on the sidewalk. Both events are free. No pets or coolers are allowed.
Attendees are also encouraged to bring non-perishable items to donate to local food banks.
For more information, http://visitkingsport.com/concert-series