Greenville: Give it a Whirl

17May

Greenville, KY – What happens when free live music and happy people collide???… Greenville, Kentucky’s “Saturdays on the Square” FREE outdoor concert series! “Give it a Whirl” and attend the 8th annual series of summer concerts with a 2016 line-up featuring phenomenal performers from across the country.

As South Main Street in historic downtown Greenville is transformed into an outdoor amphitheater, the Muhlenberg County Courthouse will once again provide the stunning backdrop for each of the seven FREE concerts. The series opens on July 2nd and concludes on August 13th. Each Saturday evening musical performance will begin at 8 pm. Concert attendees should come early, bring a lawn chair, find the perfect viewing spot and then explore the historic downtown and have dinner in a Greenville eatery.

ATownPoster7The series kicks off on July 2nd with a perennial “Saturdays on the Square” favorite, “A-Town A-List.” This Atlanta-based band is a collection of incredible young performers who have toured the world sharing the stage with mega-stars such as Bruce Springsteen, The Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder, The Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and more. The high-energy group offers an interactive show that will exceed expectations and deliver the perfect entertainment experience!  This group has been one of the most revered bands to ever perform on the “Saturdays on the Square” stage.

DTB Photo - July 9thSaturday, July 9th is the “Twilight Cruise-In Antique Car Show.” The event begins at 5:00pm and is the premier vintage automobile showcase for Greenville, typically attracting over 75 antique cars from around the region. The combination of antique cars and the historic vibe of downtown creates an incredibly nostalgic atmosphere that only happens once a year. “The Downtown Band” from Nashville, Tennessee, with special guest lead singer Jordan Phillips, will include a ten-piece band with a full brass section. Expect a dynamic musical performance featuring dance tunes and recognizable favorite oldie hits from across the decades! The band has been voted “Best Live Band in Tennessee” & “Top 10 Best Live Band” in the US for three consecutive years by The Industry Expert Awards. Guest lead singer, Jordan Phillips is a critically acclaimed (New York Times, Huffington Post) international touring vocalist for over 5 years. He has shared the stage with John Mayer, Kings of Leon, Faith Hill and Three Doors Down in addition to over 3 dozen network television shows and movie appearances. July 9th will be a perfect opportunity to dance the night away!

AcoUstiKatsOn Saturday, July 16th, Greenville is pleased to welcome the University of Kentucky’s modern a Capella group the “AcoUstiKats.” The “AcoUstiKats” was founded in 1993, by Dr. Jeff Johnson as a subsection of the University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus. Since its inception the group has become the premier all-male a Capella ensemble in the state of Kentucky. This group of 10 got their big break in 2013 when they earned a rare spot on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off”. The group has capitalized on their national exposure by forming a professional vocal band. They have performed in countless venues across the United States from the shores of Hawaii to the Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC. The “AcoUstiKats” are a must see this season!

26bc12_0bab724b70b945ef91e7df99fec2714aOn July 23rd, Greenville will honor Muhlenberg County’s most famous sons, Phil and Don Everly. “Now & Foreverly”, composed of singer/songwriters Jeff Boyet and Matt Newton, is set to pay tribute to one of history’s greatest-ever duos. Jeff and Matt’s journey of reproducing Everly Brothers music began in 1997 when landing the coveted lead roles of Phil and Don in “Bye Bye Love: The Everly Brothers Musical.” The musical was performed at the famous Ryman Auditorium as part of the Grand Ole Opry and their sibling-like harmony was uncannily close to the original. Following the death of Phil Everly in 2013, Jeff and Matt reunited for the first time in 10+ years to pay homage to two of music’s most prolific pioneers. From that reunion, “Now & Foreverly” was born.  They now tour throughout the country bringing the songs and music of the Everly Borthers to a new generation. Don’t miss this special opportunity to give a Muhlenberg County salute to Don & Phil Everly, “The Everly Brothers”.

20 RideOn July 30th, Greenville will welcome America’s #1 Zac Brown Tribute Band, “20 RIDE”! “20 RIDE” is not a wig-wearing, lip-syncing, pretending-to-play tribute. These good ol’ boys from upstate Carolina are real players, doing great music the way Zac does it. From traditional country to Caribbean rhythm to sultry ballads, “20 RIDE” brings all the best the Zac Brown Band has to offer. Whether it’s mega-hits like “Chicken Fried,” “Colder Weather,” “Toes,” “Free,” or “Highway to 20 Ride”, this tribute will cover the crowd favorites. Country fans and line dancers, “20 RIDE” is not to be missed!

kalimba-band-photo-editAugust 6th, will feature “Kalimba, the Spirit of Earth, Wind & Fire”! Based out of the Pacific Northwest, “Kalimba” will be making its Kentucky debut at “Saturdays on the Square”. The group was conceived in 2011 and has since evolved into a 10-piece band with a full horn section performing hits including, “Shining Star,” “That’s the Way of the World,” “Devotion,” “Sing a Song,” “Can’t Hide Love,” “Getaway,” “Fantasy,” “Love’s Holiday,” “September”, “Boogie Wonderland” and more! In 2013, Sheldon Reynolds, former “Earth, Wind & Fire” guitarist reached out to “Kalimba” to collaborate on several ventures. According to Reynolds “Out of thousands of other bands that I have heard play, “Kalimba” is the first band that gets it like it’s supposed to be played.” “Earth, Wind & Fire” was one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially popular funk bands of the 70’s. Kalimba’s talent and passion for “Earth, Wind and Fire” magically comes through at each show.

Natalie Grant High Res 2As a truly grand finale, Greenville will welcome contemporary Christian music artist Natalie Grant to the stage! Grant is known for her soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics and passionate performances. She stormed onto the gospel scene in 2005 with her breakout RIAA Gold Certified album, “Awaken” and has been one of the top-selling Christian and Gospel artists ever since. She is a four-time Grammy nominee and has been named “Female Vocalist of the Year” five times by the Gospel Music Association. She has sold over 3 million records during her 11 year career and has had multiple number ones on the Billboard chart. Natalie Grant is sure to cap-off the 2016 summer series with a powerful and moving performance.

Greenville’s “Saturdays on the Square” FREE Summer Concert Series has been nominated as one of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s “2016 Signature Summer Festivals”. Historic downtown Greenville is ready to welcome everyone with the same spirit and atmosphere that has made “Saturdays on the Square” one of the premiere outdoor concert venues in Kentucky. Don’t forget your lawn chairs! This summer, give Greenville and “Saturdays on the Square” a whirl!

For more information, please visit TourGreenville.com and LIKE the Greenville Tourism Commission on Facebook. The Greenville Tourism Commission is located at 112 N. Main Street in Greenville, KY.  Email contact can be made to Director@TourGreenville.com.  The phone number at the GTC office is 270-338-1895. Welcome to Greenville!  You’re Just in Time!

 

 

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