Kingsport Fun Fest Announces 2019 Concert Line-Up
Fun Fest Announces Sunset Concert Series Entertainers:
NEEDTOBREATHE & Andy Grammer to close Fun Fest 2019
Kingsport, TN – Fun Fest 2019 (July 12th – 20th) is proud to announce the entertainers for the 2019 Sunset Concert Series! Newsboys will kick off the series on Thursday, July 18th followed by Tyler Farr on Friday, July 19th. The festival finale will be NEEDTOBREATHE & Andy Grammer on Saturday, July 20th. “The Sunset Concert Series is the highlight of our 9-day festival and we are always fortunate to bring in a variety of talent for these 3 days, to entertain our residents and visitors from more than 25 states.” said Fun Fest 2019 Chairman Colette George.
Andy Grammer has taken the music world by storm with a succession of anthemic pop hits, six of which are certified gold or better. His debut album featured the platinum singles “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me.” Andy’s second album, Magazines or Novels, featured the quadruple platinum worldwide hit “Honey, I'm Good,” which was one of the best-selling songs of 2015, and the certified gold anthem “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah).” Andy’s third full length album, The Good Parts, was released in December 2017 and includes his global smash hit “Fresh Eyes,” which has become a global streaming phenomenon with over 350 million total streams.
Saturday night’s concert will also feature GRAMMY-nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE. Their most recent album, H A R D L O V E, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Albums, Top Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts and #2 on the Billboard 200, their greatest debut yet. This was the follow-up to Rivers In the Wasteland, which debuted at #3 overall on the Billboard 200 and spawned the RIAA-certified Gold single “Brother (feat. Gavin DeGraw).” Known for an aggressive touring schedule and impressive live show, they released their first-ever fully acoustic album – Acoustic Live Vol. 1 – in November 2018.
Eastman is the presenting sponsor for the Saturday Night Concert.
The Eastman Fireworks Spectacular will follow the concert at approximately 9:30 p.m.
The headliner for this year’s Contemporary Christian Concert is Christian rock group, NEWSBOYS. If you were to draw up a blueprint for a successful music career, the final plans couldn’t help but resemble Newsboys’ trajectory. They’ve defined Christian music for more than two decades, only to blow up expectations as they’ve recreated themselves again and again. Impossible to pin down, these musical shapeshifters move fluidly between rock and pop, worship and dance, to the delight of their legion of fans. Their live shows exhibit a kind of energy that, if it could be bottled, would power entire cities. Along the way, they’ve sold more than 8 million units and amassed eight Gold® certifications, 33 #1 radio hits, four GRAMMY® nominations, two American Music Award nominations and taken home multiple Dove Awards. In addition, their chart-topping, Platinum®-certified single, “God’s Not Dead,” inspired Pure Flix’s 2014 hit film of the same name. A special feature for this show will be an appearance by Adam Agee, formerly of Audio Adrenaline.
Thursday night’s Contemporary Christian Concert will open up with Nashville based Christian band, Sidewalk Prophets. The Dove Award-winning band has three major studio albums, five #1 hits, and eight top 5 songs under their belt. They have solidified their place among the elite artists in Christian music.
The Contemporary Christian Concert is sponsored by Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Goodwill Industries of Tenneva, Tele-Optics, Inc. and 88.3 WCQR.
The Friday Night Concert headliner is country artist Tyler Farr. When his debut album Redneck Crazy released in 2013, Nashville Recording Artist Tyler Farr landed at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top 200.The Missouri native’s dry wit and energetic live show soon earned him coveted opening slots touring with Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, and Lee Brice. With the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album Suffer in Peace in 2015, Farr once again landed in the top 5 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums and Billboard Country Albums Chart making Farr the only solo male country artist to have his first two studio albums debut in the top-5 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Tyler has three #1 songs to his credit and recently released his latest single “Love by the Moon” in advance of his third studio album.
Opening for Farr will be Drake White and the Big Fire. Drake White, a passionate songwriter and recording artist, was named one of No Depression’s 7 Male Artists to Breakout in 2018. He recently put together Drake White and the Big Fire Live (2018) and the celebrated five-track EP, Pieces (2018). This follows his debut album Spark (2016) which earned praise both critically and across his loyal fan following. The 2016 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards Album of the Year is a 12-track labor-of-love showcasing his exemplary songwriting with a rock-infused, organic Country sound and signature foot-stomp.
The first opening act will be breakout duo The War and Treaty. The husband and wife force of Michael and Tanya Trotter serve up healing and pain robbing with freewheeling joy on a monumental new full-length album, Healing Tide. An original tour-de-force produced by Buddy Miller, the collection swaggers with a confidence only gained by artists who are wholly, proudly, themselves. Funky bass lines, keys, lap steel, acoustic strings, and stripped-down percussion create a swampy Southern soul bed for the couple’s transcendent vocals. The artists received nominations for the 2019 Americana Music Awards.
The Friday night concert is presented by Appalachian Power, Domtar and WXBQ.
An added feature for the concert series this year will be video screens sponsored by Holston Medical Group and GRC Construction.
The Sunset Concert Series will take place at J. Fred Johnson Stadium. Additional Series sponsors include Eastman Credit Union, Toyota of Kingsport, WCYB and Visit Kingsport.
Beginning Monday, June 3rd at 10 a.m., Sunset Concert Series general admission tickets can be purchased ONLINE through June 20th at FunFest.net. They will be available for purchase at the Fun Fest Store beginning on June 21st at 9 a.m. at 400 Clinchfield St., Ste. 100. Single night tickets for Thur. and Fri. night are $15 and $20 for Sat. For the week of Fun Fest, beginning July 12th, ticket prices increase to $20 and $25 respectively. GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY AND SAVE!
Cintas’ Friends of Festus VIP seating packages are a value-added option for concert-goers. This year, packages can be purchased ONLINE ONLY by visiting FunFest.net. You will be able to choose your seats at the time of purchase. Package prices range from $50-$75 per seat, which includes a reserved parking spot close to the stadium and a $15 Fun Fest store merchandise gift certificate when purchasing 2 or more seats. Packages go on sale on Monday, June 3rd. A limited number of VIP seats are available.
As in 2018, Fun Fest will have a Clear Bag Policy for stadium concerts. Coolers are not allowed in the stadium and all items will be subject to search. Clear bags should not exceed 12”x6”x12” and approved bags will be available for purchase outside the stadium. The full clear bag policy is available at FunFest.net
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Contact: Lucy Fleming, Fun Fest Director