Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass is a family oriented event celebrating the beauty of spring, championship barbecue and world class bluegrass music. This year the festivities take place on Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21 in historic downtown Sevierville.
The most amazing part of this festival is that it is FREE!
“Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass is shaking things up! We’re adding in more food vendors, more crafters and more fun! Make your way around the courthouse square enjoying live performances, craft demonstrations and lots of delicious foods. Meet fun characters from Titanic Museum Attraction, Smokies Baseball and more and see amazing performances from Cirque de Chine, Lumberjack Feud and other great shows.
The Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union Kids’ Burger Cook-Off is also new this year and gives kids ages 6-16 the opportunity to grill up a gourmet burger.
As always, Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass will bring the best in food, music and family entertainment to downtown Sevierville. Visit with cook teams participating in the Bush’s Best Tennessee State Championship Cook-Off and hear great bluegrass music (can we link back to the Bluegrass Bands page) from bands like Blue Moon Rising, Jimbo Whaley, Junior Sisk and even Sam Bush.”
I attended this event last year and had a great time! Last year’s headliner was Dan Tyminsky, best known for playing with Allison Krauss and Union Station. This year Sam Bush will be performing at 8 pm on Saturday.
Friday, May 20, 2011
5:00 pm: Jerry Butler & The Blu-J’s
“Jerry Butler & The Blu-J’s are bluegrass festival favorites. Their repertoire consists of original and traditional bluegrass songs, familiar classic country songs and heartfelt gospel. Fans will enjoy the energy, fresh sound and entertaining show this group brings to the stage. “We just want the folks in attendance to have a good time with us, laugh, cry, sing along, whatever they’re feeling at the time. When we’re done we want them to be able to say ‘now that was fun’.””
6:00 pm: Blue Moon Rising
“Blue Moon Rising is a national touring band based out of East Tennessee comprised of Chris West (lead vocals and guitar); Tony Mowell (bass and vocals); Brandon Bostic (mandolin, guitar, vocals); and Owen Piatt (banjo.) In 2010, the band will celebrate the release of their fifth career album on L.A. based Rural Rhythm Records.”
7:00 pm: Jimbo Whaley & Greenbriar
“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…”
8:00 pm: Russell Moore and IIIrd Thyme Out
“Success for ‘Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’ was nearly an overnight occurrence for this group after its forming in 1991. Led by the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) 2-time “Male Vocalist Of The Year”, Russell Moore, IIIrd Tyme Out, consisting of Moore (guitar), Steve Dilling (banjo), Justen Haynes (fiddle), Wayne Benson (mandolin), and Edgar Loudermilk (bass), has walked away with IBMA’s “Vocal Group Of The Year” award 7 consecutive years. Their a cappella renditions of many songs, featuring one of the most respected lead vocalists of all time, can rarely be matched and their superb instrumentation, from some of the best musicians in the business, provides even more quality sound to their rich vocal blend.”
Saturday, May 21, 2011
1:00 pm: Mountain Ruckus
Mountain Ruckus is the band that plays the pre-show in the “Cabin Room” at Dolly’s Dixie Stampede. You know they’re good! “Some members of Mountain Ruckus have included Gary “Biscuit” Davis who was Dolly Parton’s band leader and produced her cd’s The Grass Is Blue and Live and Well, and YouTube Celebrity Kata Hay.”
2:00 & 5:00 pm: Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers
“Larry Sparks is an original, a one of a kind musician and singer who really, truly doesn’t sound like anyone else. That’s rare in any style of music, but especially so in Bluegrass music. Sounding like Larry Sparks is what he always wanted. Over the course of the last 42 years with his own band, Larry Sparks has carved a unique niche for himself in Bluegrass and Gospel music. While Sparks is most definitely a stylist, his honest approach to the music is more than a style, it’s real with no gimmick added. After almost 47 years in the spotlight, with 42 of them with his own band, Larry Sparks is the same person on stage as he is off. Polite, plain-spoken, respectful but direct, old-fashioned, and in some regards, Sparks seems like he could be from an earlier generation. In a world gone fake, Larry Sparks has kept it real.”
3:00 & 6:00 pm: Junior Sisk and The Rambler’s Choice
“Junior Sisk And Ramblers Choice are gaining great recognition as one of the best traditional bluegrass bands to hit the scene in decades. Junior’s soulful and sometimes haunting vocals, reminiscent of the late, great, Carter Stanley, who happens to be his hero, have captivated audiences for years. With the brand new release of their sophomore project on Rebel Records, “Heartaches And Dreams”, the band has once again captured something magical. The pleasant mix of old and new is sure to offer something here for everyone. Joining Junior is long time singing partner and cousin Timmy Massey on bass, along with band members Jason Davis on banjo, Jason Tomlin on mandolin, and Billy Hawks on fiddle.”
4:00 & 7:00 pm: Balsam Range
“From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge comes the Balsam Range band, creatively blending Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel and Jazz into a new American acoustic music experience.”
8:00 pm: Sam Bush
“Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush doesn’t seem old enough to be a musical legend. And he’s not. But he is. Alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, Bush has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association.”
Check out the entire lineup.
“During Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass, Sevierville plays host to barbecue cook teams from all across the United States. If you’ve never tasted award-winning competition barbecue, you’re in for a treat.” Food vendors will include local teams such as The Firehouse Smokers TN of Sevierville, Seymour Smokers of Seymour, and the Smoky Mountain Smokers also of Sevierville, as well as teams from all over Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky! There will also be a burger cook-off for the kids!
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