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Train to close Fun Fest 2014 at Eastman Concert

May 9th, 2014 5:30 am by Staff Report

Train to close Fun Fest 2014 at Eastman Concert

Train made its first mark on music history in 2001 with the Grammy Award-winning song "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)." (contributed)

KINGSPORT — Grammy Award-winning Train will cap off an "exceptional lineup" of concerts during Fun Fest 2014.

"We are proud to announce an exceptional lineup for this year's Sunset Concert Series," said 2014 Fun Fest chair George DeCroes. "These artists and bands represent everything from regional, up-and-coming artists to award-winning stars in country, Christian, rock and pop music. What better way to top off a great week of Fun Fest!"

The Sunset Concert Series will kick off on Thursday, July 17 with MercyMe followed on Friday, July 18 by Martina McBride. Train will perform on Saturday, July 19.

MercyMe will headline the third Contemporary Christian Concert, bringing a vast repertoire of contemporary Christian music to the stage. After nearly 20 years together, the band has amassed a devoted following. Selling more than 6 million units and serving up such hits as "I Can Only Imagine," (the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain) and "Word of God Speak," which was named the No. 1 Christian Song of the Decade by Billboard magazine, MercyMe has scored 23 number one multi-format Christian radio singles along with Grammy Award nominations, numerous Dove Awards, and an American Music Award. The group's latest album, "The Hurt and the Healer," has proven to be the band's most personal collection of songs to date.

The Thursday evening concert will open up with Tenth Avenue North, which won New Artist of the Year in 2009 at the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards. In 2010, the group's hit "By Your Side" was named Song of the Year.

Sponsors for the Thursday night concert are Honda Kingsport, Salsarita's of Kingsport, Carter Trent Funeral Home, Tele-Optics Inc. and media sponsor WCQR. Church sponsors include Gravely Baptist, Higher Ground Baptist, Colonial Heights Christian, Kingsport First Assembly of God, Christ Fellowship Church, Preaching Christ Church, Celebration Church and Indian Springs Baptist.

McBride returns to Fun Fest as a headliner for Friday night's concert. She hit the country music scene in 1991 and has since recorded 12 studio albums with more than 14 million copies sold in the U.S. She is a four-time Country Music Association "Female Vocalist of the Year" and three-time Academy of Country Music's "Top Female Vocalist" award winner. Released in April, McBride's newest album, "Everlasting," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart.

Opening for McBride will be up-and-coming country artist Michael Ray. His debut album is currently in production.
Sponsors for the Friday night concert are Appalachian Power, Domtar Paper Company, AGC Glass Company and media sponsors WJHL News Channel 11 and WXBQ.

Saturday night, multi-platinum, San Francisco-based band Train will take the stage. Train made its first mark on music history in 2001 with the Grammy Award-winning song "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" and chart-topping singles like "Meet Virginia" and "Calling All Angels." The band earned its third Grammy in 2011 for the worldwide smash "Hey, Soul Sister" from the album "Save Me, San Francisco." The band is now working on the follow up to its most recent album, "California 37," which contained the global hits "Drive By" and "50 Ways to Say Goodbye."

Hailing from Knoxville, The Dirty Guv'nahs will open Saturday night's show. The group's music has been featured on five network TV programs and the band has had appearances at Bonnaroo, Wakarusa and SXSW.

Eastman Chemical Company will sponsor the finale concert with media sponsors WCYB and Electric 94.9.

The Sunset Concert 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.

Friends of Festus VIP packages, sponsored by G&K Services, 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 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 May 19. You can purchase your package at the Fun Fest office inside the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield St. or by calling (423) 392-8806.

Beginning 10 a.m., May 20, Sunset Concert Series general admission tickets and combination packages can be purchased online at www.funfest.net. Individual ticket prices through July 10 are $15 for Thursday and Friday, and $20 for Saturday. Ticket prices will increase $5 starting July 11.

Prices for combination packages are $25 for Thursday and Friday; and $30 for Thursday and Saturday, or Friday and Saturday. The price for the entire Sunset Concert Series package is $45. General admission tickets will be available beginning Friday, June 20 at 9 a.m. at the Fun Fest Store inside the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield St.

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