On July 3, Patriot Park will host the Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival! Festivities begin at 2pm with a full schedule of musicians from all around Tennessee! These include: The Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, Grafite, Thompson Square, TelluRide, Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier, Eden’s Edge, Steve Azar, and Diamond Rio.
Grafite– A local band whose 4 members range in age from 9 to 11! This is sure to be one preformance you won’t want to miss! They will be treating us to some of our most familiar classic rock favorites!
Thompson Square– “Thompson Square isn’t a real place, exactly. It’s the musical territory staked out by the husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, an exciting and unpredictable area where country meets rock, rough meets smooth and one vagabond heart finds a harmonious common ground with another. It’s the sweet destination where two journeys end and another one begins.”
TelluRide– “The small ski town of Telluride, Colorado represents hard work, excitement, and passion, just as Nashville, Tennessee represents a breeding ground of determined, talented musicians of all genres. A new group from Nashville, TelluRide, is taking all of those ingredients to create a new brand of country music, rooted in harmonies, musicianship, and high-energy stage shows. The four young men who make up the band accomplished more before their Four Square Miles debut album release than most groups on their second or third album.”
Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier– “Singer and songwriter, Jimbo Whaley grew up in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains with music always being a part of his life. Whaley has pulled so many memories reflecting that upbringing and written numerous songs including: The Foundation, M.R.s Rolling Store, The Legend of Jack Huff, and the fan favorite, The Kings of Orebank. Jimbo currently performs with the bluegrass band Greenbrier…”
Eden’s Edge– “Edens Edge is a music trio from Nashville, TN. They are today’s country with wings and roots. Originally based out of AR, Hannah Blaylock, Cherrill Green, and Dean Berner followed the music to Nashville in 2007. Since moving there, they signed a management deal and have been writing and recording a new album. The band is planning a schedule of live performances to begin in the spring.”
Steve Azar– “Steve Azar moved to Nashville in 1993. By the end of his second day in Music City, he was offered three song-publishing contracts. Getting a recording contract took longer. After signing with Mercury Records, Steve released what he considers to be his first “real” album, 2001’s Waitin’ on Joe. Its breakout single “I Don’t Have to Be Me (‘Til Monday)” has been played more than three million times on the radio to date.”
Diamond Rio– “Making the transition from mainstream country music to a Christian deal with Word Records was not a major stretch for Diamond Rio. The group has long been known for such positive hits as “I Believe,” “Mama Don’t Forget to Pray for Me” and “One More Day.” Formed in 1984, Diamond Rio features Roe, Olander, drummer Brian Prout, keyboardist Dan Truman, bassist Dana Williams and Gene Johnson on mandolin, guitar and fiddle. The band signed with Arista in 1988 and embarked on one of the most successful careers in country music.”
This event is free and open to the public, including the “Kid’s Karnival” area, where there will be inflatables and games to entertain your munchkins! There will also be non-profit food vendors! The evening will culminate in a fireworks display once it gets dark! Come with your family, your friends, some lawn chairs and/or blankets, and maybe even a picnic!
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