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Big changes are coming to the Downtown Kingsport Concert Series for 2014!

“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 Thursday night concerts, known as Twilight Alive, will move to 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 May 22/23 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

Twilight Alive

May 22

Blue Edition

May 23

Confederate Railroad

May 29

Trey Hensley Bluegrass Band

May 30

Scott Miller

June 5

Amber Collins & Turning Point

June 6

Sammy Kershaw

June 12

Tennessee Skyline

June 13

Skynyrd Lynyrd Tribute Band

June 19

Shadow Ridge

June 20

Benny Wilson Band and Ivy Road

June 26

Blue Highway

June 27

Jagged Stones – Rolling Stones Tribute Band

July 3

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

July 4

Folk Soul Revival

July 10

Lonesome River Band

July 11

Members Only – 80’s Tribute Band

“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.”

The opening acts and downtown activities will be announced for Twilight Alive as we get closer to the start of the series. A few of those highlights are:

May 29 – Art in the Heart – Art Festival on Market Street and surrounding areas
June 20 – American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Kingsport fundraising event
July 4th – Downtown Kingsport Fourth of July Celebration – Fireworks
July 11 – Fun Fest Parade and Kick-off Celebration

This year’s series is brought to you by: Commercial Bank, Pal’s Sudden Service, WQUT FM 101.5, Nash FM 104.9, Kingsport Times-News, Eastman Chemical Company, First Tennessee Bank, Marsh Regional Blood Center, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, VIP Seen Magazine, CENTURY 21 Legacy, the Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Kingsport. 



 
 
 
 
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› Kingsport Mets vs Greeneville
Date :  Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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› Kingsport Mets vs Greeneville
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Date :  Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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› Music at the Mansion
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› Kingsport Mets vs Elizabethton
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Date :  Thursday, July 31, 2014

KCVB Info:

Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau
400 Clinchfield St. Suite 100
Kingsport, TN  37660

PH: 423.392.8820
FAX: 423.392.8833
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