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Changes are coming to the Downtown Kingsport Concert Series for 2014

March 26th, 2014 4:54 pm by Emily Kilgore Thompson

Changes are coming to the Downtown Kingsport Concert Series for 2014

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"After nearly 10 years, it's time to freshen up the formula and take it to a new level," said Emily Thompson, concert coordinator for the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau.

With Kingsport's interest in attracting downtown visitors and families, new businesses and nurturing young professionals, the contemporary concerts, known as Twilight Alive, will now be held on Friday nights and the Bluegrass on Broad concerts will be held on Thursday nights.

"Moving to Fridays allows young professionals to linger longer in Downtown Kingsport," said Seth Jervis, chair of young professionals' initiative, PEAK. "We want them to be able to enjoy our Downtown longer."

On most Friday nights, Twilight Alive will start with an opening local act, followed by a headlining act. Each week will feature additional activities around Downtown. The opening act and activities will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. and the headliner will take the stage at approximately 7:30 p.m.

"Private businesses are encouraged to coordinate their own after-party entertainment and conduct sales promotions to attract customers," Thompson said. "The concert series provides a great opportunity for restaurants and businesses to show a large group of potential customers what our Downtown has to offer."

The concert series will begin the week of May 22 and run for 8 consecutive weeks, culminating on July 11, following the Fun Fest Parade and Kick-off Celebration. The concert schedule is as follows:

Bluegrass on Broad

- May 22 Blue Edition

- May 29 Trey Hensley Bluegrass Band

- June 5 Amber Collins & Turning Point

- June 12 Tennessee Skyline

- June 19 Shadow Ridge 

-June 26 Blue Highway

-July 3 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

- July 10 Lonesome River Band

Twilight Alive 

- May 23 Confederate Railroad

- May 30 Scott Miller

- June 6 Sammy Kershaw

- June 13 Skynyrd Lynyrd Tribute Band

- June 20 Benny Wilson Band and Ivy Road

- June 27 Jagged Stones -- Rolling Stones Tribute Band

- July 4 Folk Soul Revival

- July 11 Members Only -- 80's Tribute Band (Located on Broad Street at Glen Bruce Park)

"We felt it was time to make positive changes," said Tom Keller, Bluegrass on Broad coordinator. "We can focus on having 8 great concerts instead of spreading ourselves so thin." He added, "The ETSU Bluegrass Band will continue as always, coinciding with ETSU Pride Week during the last week of August."

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