GATE CITY — The town of Gate City is hoping to boost economic activity for its downtown area by launching a free weekly concert series that is scheduled to run until the end of the summer.
The Kickin' Back at King Alley series is set to get under way Saturday night on a stage located at the intersection of Jackson and Kane streets. The remaining performances will take place every Friday night — excluding the July 4 weekend — until Aug. 22.
The inaugural show kicks of at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Clinch Mountain Mojo as the headlining act. Organizers said performances will feature a variety of musical genres, ranging from bluegrass and folk to classic rock and beach music.
Town officials and event organizers, including members of the Gate City Arts and Music Initiative and the town's Economic Redevelopment Committee, officially unveiled details for the series and the list of performers during an event Tuesday morning at the Family Bakery, which is located next to the King Alley site at 101 E. Jackson St.
Town officials said the series, along with other events like the annual Grilling at the Gate Barbecue Festival, are designed to give area residents a reason to visit Gate City's recently revitalized downtown area.
"The Gate City Arts and Music Initiative (GCAM) was created by the Gate City Economic Redevelopment Committee (GCERC) to help create different venues in Gate City to help promote our music heritage while stimulating economic development" GCERC Chair Mark Freemen said. "We are excited about the new concert series and hope everyone will come to Gate City this summer and experience the intimate venue King Alley has to offer."
Gate City Town Manager Greg Jones said the first concert in the series in being held to coincide with the downtown area's newest restaurant, Smoke N Pig BBQ.
"This really illustrates why we are hosting this series downtown," Jones said. "So we can encourage businesses like this one to open up in our downtown area."
In addition to attracting visitors to Gate City, Jones said the concerts will also serve as a platform to promote the area's musical talent.
"We've got many wonderful musicians in this area," Jones said. "That's also why we want to do this, to help promote the music of this area and all of the great performers that we have here."
Organizers said the weekly concerts will also play host to a variety of food and craft vendors. Those spaces, however, will be limited, Gate City Vice Mayor Allan "Cotton" Roberts said.
"We are encouraging businesses in Gate City to take advantage of the vendor spaces that are available" Roberts said. "Vendor spaces will be provided at no charge to businesses in Gate City. But they are on a first-come, first-served basis."
For more information on becoming a vendor for the concert series, contact the Gate City Town Hall at (276) 386-3831.
To learn more about the Kickin Back at King Alley series, and to see a lineup of performers, visit www.kingalley.com.comments powered by Disqus