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Charlie Daniels Band, the Fray lead Fun Fest lineup

Holly Nelms • May 20, 2016 at 2:11 PM

KINGSPORT — The entertainers for this year’s Fun Fest Sunset Concert Series have been announced. The Newsboys will kick off the series on July 21, followed by the Charlie Daniels Band on July 22 and the Fray on July 23.

Thursday night’s Contemporary Christian Concert will open with Crowder. David Crowder will take the stage performing with his new collective, simply called “Crowder.”

Fans can expect more of what they’ve always loved about Crowder through the years — the songs, the worship, musical innovation — and now they can be a part of his new beginning. Crowder’s debut album, “Neon Steeple,” was released in May 2014 with the Neon Steeple tour launching alongside it.

The headliner for this year’s Contemporary Christian Concert is Newsboys. The band has defined Christian music for more than two decades and has re-created itself again and again.

Impossible to pin down, these musical shape-shifters move fluidly between rock and pop, worship and dance, to the delight of their legion of fans. Along the way, they’ve sold more than 8 million units and amassed eight Gold certifications, 33 No. 1 radio hits, four Grammy nominations, two American Music Award nominations and taken home multiple Dove Awards.

In addition, their chart-topping, Platinum-certified single “God’s Not Dead,” inspired Pure Flix’s 2014 hit film of the same name.

The Thursday night concert is presented by Honda Kingsport, Tele-Optics, Inc., Carter-Trent Funeral Homes and 88.3 WCQR.

The Friday Night Concert will kick off with 2015 “America’s Got Talent” semifinalists Mountain Faith, which has played its unique brand of music to audiences at colleges, civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, festivals, parks and churches across the United States and Canada.

The band’s fresh Appalachian take on gospel, bluegrass, folk, R&B and pop music has earned it televised appearances on Daystar and the 2015 season of “America’s Got Talent.”

Headlining the Friday Night Concert is 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee the Charlie Daniels Band. Daniels is best known for his No. 1 country hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Daniels has been active as a singer and musician since the 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.

The Friday night concert is presented by Appalachian Power, Domtar, Wendy’s and WXBQ.

Fun Fest 2016 will end the week with opener American Authors and headliner the Fray. American Authors’ career-defining RIAA triple-platinum No. 1 hit “Best Day Of My Life” continues to resonate across the Top 40 nearly three years after its release.

Most recently, they reached the Top 50 for hot AC (adult contemporary) chart. They have appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “Ellen,” “Good Morning America,” “Good Day New York,” “Morning Buzz Live,” “The Carrie Diaries,” “Conan,” “The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards” and “Live with Kelly and Michael.” The band has also headlined the Honda Civic Tour and toured as support for One Republic.

Denver-based foursome the Fray formed in 2002 after high school friends bumped into each other at a local guitar shop. In 2005, the group achieved national success with its debut self-titled release, featuring the hit singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life,” which went double-platinum. The release also earned the band a 2010 Grammy nomination.

Eastman is the presenting sponsor for the Saturday Night Concert.

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

G&K Services’ Friends of Festus VIP packages are a value-added option for concertgoers. Friends of Festus reserved seating packages are priced from $50-$70 per seat. The package 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 June 1. They can be purchased by visiting the Fun Fest Office at 400 Clinchfield St. or by calling (423) 392-8836.

Beginning May 23 at 10 a.m., online Sunset Concert Series general admission tickets can be purchased at www.funfest.net. Single night tickets for Thursday and Friday can be purchased for $10. For Saturday night, tickets can be purchased for $15 from May 23-31.

From June 1 to July 14, ticket prices will increase by $5 to $15 and $20. For the week of Fun Fest, beginning July 15, ticket prices increase to $20 and $25.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the Fun Fest Store beginning June 24 at 9 a.m. at 400 Clinchfield St., Ste. 100.

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