Blues Traveler to open Foothills Fall Festival
By Steve Wildsmith | (email@example.com)
Friday night’s headliner has been confirmed, additional artists have been booked for Saturday and Sunday and tickets for the Foothills Fall Festival are ready to go on sale this week.
Tickets the Oct. 11-13 event will be available to the public starting at 10 a.m. Saturday through the Knoxville Tickets website (http://www.knoxvilletickets.com) , and if the two previously announced headliners — Lynyrd Skynyrd on Oct. 12 and Rascal Flatts on Oct. 13 — weren’t enough, festival organizers have added the following acts to sweeten the deal:
• Blues Traveler will headline Friday night, Oct. 11, rounding out a bill that includes local favorite Hillbilly Jedi and on-the-rise Americana act The Black Lillies. Led by harmonica auteur John Popper, the group enjoyed modest alternative rock success in the early 1990s and charted two Top 40 singles in 1994 with “Hook” and “Run-Around.”
• Maggie Rose, a rising country singer who’s charted two singles (“I Ain’t Your Mama” and “Better”) from her mosts recent album, will perform on Saturday;
• Robin Meade, a television news anchor and host of the Headline News program “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” has been added to the Saturday, Oct. 12, lineup, which also features Kelsey’s Woods, Andy Gibson, Kix Brooks and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Meade launched a country career with the album “Brand New Day” in 2011, and that record — along with “Count on Me,” released last month — both cracked the top 60 on the Billboard Country Albums chart;
• Country singer Brett Eldredge, whose debut album “Bring You Back” — featuring the Top 10 country hit “Don’t Ya” — will perform on Sunday; and
• Janelle Arthur, a native of Oliver Springs and the fifth-place finisher on the most recent season of Fox’s “American Idol” TV series, will perform on Sunday, Oct. 13, along with Texas Tony and the Tornado Ramblers, The Fairview Union, Tyler Farr and Rascal Flatts.
“We’re very pleased with the lineup for this year, and we think we have something for everyone,” said City of Maryville Community Relations Manager Jane Groff. “Blues Traveler will bring back a rock ‘n’ roll element to Friday night that fans have asked for, and both Robin and Janelle are two up-and-coming artists who put on great shows. We think this year’s lineup may be one of our strongest to date.”
Three-day festival passes go on sale for $60 on Saturday (increasing to $70 after Aug. 25), along with a variety of reserved seating packages:
• Gold reserved seats is $35 and silver reserved seats are $30 for Friday, Oct. 11;
• Gold reserved are $60 and silver reserved are $50 for Saturday, Oct. 12;
• Gold reserved seats are $100 and silver reserved are $90 for Sunday, Oct. 13;
• A three-day silver combo pass is $180; and
• A three-day bronze combo is is $100.
Tickets will be available July 20 through Knoxville Tickets outlets only — by phone at 656-4444 and online at http://www.knoxvilletickets.com — and starting Monday, July 22, tickets will also be sold at the Maryville Municipal Center and at Blount County branches of First Tennessee bank. As in previous years, the arts-and-crafts ArtWay area (along Broadway Avenue in downtown Maryville) and the Children’s Adventure Land (along the Greenbelt) are free.
For more information, visit the Foothills Fall Festival website at http://www.foothillsfallfestival.com .