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This fall, visitors to the Smoky Mountains will have the chance to hear some great music while supporting a worthy cause! The Sevierville branch of the American Legion is organizing a Bluegrass & Gospel Festival that will raise money for programs that benefit veterans and their families. To help you plan your fall vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to everything you need to know about the new festival.
When and Where
The Veterans Bluegrass & Gospel Festival is scheduled for October 20 – 21, 2017. The concerts will be held at the Sevier County Fairgrounds at 754 Old Knoxville Highway in Sevierville, TN. The Fairgrounds are less than 15 minutes away from all of the fun on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.
Veterans Bluegrass & Gospel Festival Lineup
The Veterans Bluegrass & Gospel Festival will feature some spectacular musical acts! Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road and Alan Bibey & Grasstowne will headline the event. Here is the festival’s lineup for Friday and Saturday:
Friday, October 20
- Krystal Rayne – an up-and-coming singer-songwriter based in Nashville
- Willie Wells & The Blue Ridge Mountain Grass – a South Carolina based bluegrass band fronted by the son of the legendary musician Bill Wells
- The King James Boys – a bluegrass/gospel group known for their beautiful harmonies
- Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection – a four-piece band that plays both classic bluegrass songs and original material
- Clay Hess Band – a hard driving bluegrass band led by the former lead guitarist for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
- Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road – a traditional bluegrass group that has scored #1 hits on the charts with “A Light in the Window Again” and “That’s Kentucky”
Saturday, October 21
- Jim and Lynna Woolsey – a husband and wife bluegrass duo hailing from Indiana
- Krystal Rayne
- Wilson Banjo Co. – a high-energy bluegrass band founded by banjo player (and banjo maker) Steve Wilson
- Kristi Stanley & Running Blind – a country and bluegrass group fronted by Kristi Stanley, who has opened for Kenny Chesney, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Ricochet
- Nightflyer – a contemporary bluegrass band that includes hints of gospel and blues
- Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
- Alan Bibey & Grasstowne – a popular contemporary bluegrass group that has topped the National Bluegrass Charts with their albums “The Road Headin’ Home” and “The Other Side of Towne”
Tickets for the Veterans Bluegrass & Gospel Festival
Tickets for the Friday show are $25 and tickets for the Saturday show are $35. If you want to attend both days of the festival, combo tickets can be purchased for $55. To buy your tickets in advance, head to the official Veterans Bluegrass & Gospel Festival website. A number of food and craft vendors will be at the event.
Money raised from the festival will go to the American Legion Post #104 in Sevierville. The American Legion is the nation’s largest veterans service organization. The non-profit provides a number of programs for veterans related to health care, benefits, employment, and education.
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