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Lineup announced for 2014 Downtown Kingsport Concert Series

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KINGSPORT, TN - "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 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 *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."

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: 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, the Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Kingsport.

More details will follow soon! www.TwilightAlive.com;

From: Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau
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