On four Thursdays in August as the sun sets, the air cools and stars begin to twinkle, you can hear the sounds of wonderful music or comedy entertainment and smell delicious food on the beautiful grounds of Allandale Mansion in Kingsport.
Friends of Allandale and PEAK Kingsport Young Professionals are proud to present the fourth annual concert series, August Under the Stars at Allandale. The free concert series takes place at the Allandale Mansion amphitheater, a unique venue built 10 years ago by the Friends of Allandale and donated to the City of Kingsport. This year's Thursday night events will feature three music concerts and one comedian, food trucks and fine crafted beers by Sleepy Owl Brewery. So, bring your lawn chair, sit back, relax and enjoy August Under the Stars at Allandale. Food trucks will be open at 6 p.m. with concerts beginning at 7 p.m. on four Thursdays in August.
Here's a look at what's on tap:
Originally from Alabama, renowned comedian Vic Henley will tickle the crowd’s funny bones with his hysterical adults-only humor. He has appeared on many major TV networks and shows including Comedy Central, The Late Show and The Tonight Show. Henley has performed at over 500 college campuses in all 50 states and at festivals around the globe as well as being a featured performer at many New York City comedy clubs. Prior to his comedy performance, Mike Milhorn and Friends will perform their musical stylings starting at 7 p.m. Featured food trucks will be Foodie Fiction and Sam’s Snowball Paradise.
Folk Soul Revival was originally formed in Southwest Virginia in 2008. They have produced four independent albums and have a large group of loyal fans called “The Congregation.” The band has had not only regional success at venues such as the Carter Family Fold, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Floyd Fest and other major music festivals but has also shared the stage with Travis Tritt, Jason Isbell, Eric Church, Justin Townes Earle and Ralph Stanley. Folk Soul Revival’s music shares stories of life in southern small-towns using a country-rock style all their own. Foodie Fiction and Aunt Ruthie’s Donuts will be on hand to tickle your taste buds.
Kyle Cook is best known as a member of the world-famous band Matchbox 20, playing lead guitar, piano and banjo, singing lead and backup vocals, and co-writing songs. He is also a member of the band The New Left as lead guitarist and lead vocalist. Cook has contributed to songs by Mick Jagger, Rob Thomas, John Waite, Sheila Marshall and Gloriana. He released his first solo album, “Wolves,” in 2015 under his own label, “The Tennessee Recording Company.” Backdraft BBQ and Sam’s SnoBall Paradise food trucks will be on the grounds.
Singer/songwriter and Kingsport native Beth Snapp will return again this year. She delights audiences and tells a story with each song with her unique non-genre sound incorporating folk, bluegrass, pop, jazz and R&B. “Write Your Name Down,” her newest album released in 2017, features Beth and her diverse band along with other well-known artists. Food trucks featuring Backdraft BBQ and Sam’s SnoBall Paradise will be there.
All four of the August Under the Stars concerts are free to the public - thanks to sponsorships by the Eastman Foundation, Eastman Credit Union, Visit Kingsport along with PEAK Kingsport Young Professionals, and media sponsors Kingsport Times News and VIP Seen. Fred Wallin and Friends of Allandale Mansion president Lynda Snook wish to thank these sponsors along with PEAK’s Dana Glenn, Ashley May King and Ryan Shipley, Visit Kingsport's Emily Thompson, the City of Kingsport's Kitty Frazier, and Allandale curator Rod Gemayel.