5-Week Forecast: CLEAR FUN!

23Apr

Saturdays on the Square 2018: 5-Week Forecast: Clear Fun

Greenville, Ky. – The Greenville Tourism Commission is predicting “CLEAR FUN” as this summer’s “5-WEEK FORECAST” for the 10th anniversary season of “Saturdays on the Square”! The annual summer series of FREE outdoor concerts begins on July 7th and continues weekly through August 4th. To celebrate the milestone year, the 2018 line-up includes internationally known names in the music industry and CASH giveaways! From the HOTTEST Nashville and Louisville party bands to the COOLEST world-famous entertainers, the summer outlook is clear fun!

On concert nights during the “Saturdays on the Square” season, Main Street in historic downtown Greenville, KY will transform into a premier outdoor concert venue. During this year’s 5-week series, each Saturday night performance will begin at 8pm Central Time. The concerts are FREE, and everyone is welcome! Attendees are encouraged to come early, set up lawn chairs, explore downtown and enjoy a pre-show dinner in a Greenville restaurant.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the annual event, the Greenville Tourism Commission is introducing TEN opportunities for attendees to win cash! At TWO of the concerts, $500 cash giveaways will be awarded to FIVE lucky winners, totaling FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS in cash prizes! These random giveaways will only occur at the July 14th and July 28th concerts. Winners must attend to win and can only win once during the season. “How to win” details will be announced live at each concert.

The summer concert season begins July 7th with nationally known, 2018 Grammy winning contemporary Christian artist “Zach Williams”! Earlier this year this artist received his first-ever Grammy for “Best Contemporary Christian Album,” an incredible feat for his debut album, “Chain Breaker.” Zach is a husband, father, singer, songwriter, worship leader, and campus director at his home church in Arkansas. Williams’ music comes from a place of humility and honesty as his songs are a direct reflection of God’s redemption in his life. His debut single “Chain Breaker” released in late 2016 and has impacted millions of people, spending a staggering 15 weeks in the No. 1 spot on the Contemporary Christian charts. The song also received a Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Christian Song and won the GMA Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year and the K-LOVE Fan Award for Breakout Single of the Year. However, William’s success does not stop there, his follow-up single “Old Church Choir” was number one for 18+ weeks and was K-LOVE’s top performing song of 2017. And with the successful release of “Old Church Choir,” Williams officially made history, according to Billboard, as the first debut artist to have two back-to-back number one singles. In addition, he was also named Top New Artist and Top Male Christian Artist of 2017 at the Billboard Music Awards. Greenville is truly honored to welcome Zach Williams to the “Saturdays on the Square” stage.

Saturday, July 14th introduces Kentucky to Nashville’s #1 party band, “12 South”. This band is one of the most sought-after entertainment bands in the country! This extremely talented group performs nationally at corporate events, weddings, charity galas, premier festivals and more! The audience can expect a full-blown high-energy show with a variety of performers, dance choreography, outfit changes, props, specialized lighting and a wireless front line who will interact with the crowd. This is sure to be one of the most memorable performances ever at Saturdays on the Square! Remember, compliments of the Greenville Tourism Commission and as part of the 10-year anniversary celebration, five lucky “12 South” concert attendees will win $500 each in cash giveaways!

In advance of the “12 South” concert, July 14th will also play host to the annual “Twilight Antique Car Show & Cruise-In”! The free vintage and collector car show begins at 5:00 pm Central Time and is the premier vintage automobile showcase for Greenville, historically attracting over 75 antique cars from around the region.

On July 21st, things heat up as Greenville welcomes award-winning country artist Phil Vassar to “Saturdays on the Square”! Vassar is a multi-faceted musician with multiple hits as a songwriter AND performer. His incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies capture audiences of all ages that span the globe with followers in 45+ countries and 6 continents. Vassar has 8 critically-acclaimed albums to his credit and was honored as the ACM Top New Male Vocalist, ASCAP Songwriter of the Year twice, Billboard Country Song Writer of the Year and received a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Original Song.” Across those 8 critically acclaimed albums he has had 10 number one hits, 15 top ten and 26 top forty songs. Those songs include “American Child”, “Bye Bye” (Jo Dee Messina), “Carlene”, “For a Little While”, “I’m Alright” (Jo Dee Messina), “In a Real Love”, “Just Another Day in Paradise”, “Last Day of My Life”, “Little Red Rodeo”, “Love is Alive”, “My Next Thirty Years” (Tim McGraw), “Postmarked Birmingham”, “Right on the Money” (Alan Jackson), “Six Pack Summer”, and “That’s When I Love You”. Vassar is a legendary contributor to the country-music recording industry and is equally known for his energetic and entertaining live performances!

On July 28th, look forward to experiencing the “Louisville Crashers” at “Saturdays on the Square”! This Kentucky-based group will deliver their inaugural “Saturdays on the Square” performance this season and is predicted to be an encore request for years to come. The crowd-pleasing performances of the “Louisville Crashers” have earned them notoriety as one of the nation’s best party bands with unparalleled energy, musicianship, and professionalism. Compromised of six multi-talented members, these musicians have been certified as gold and platinum selling artists by the Recording Industry Association of America and the Canadian Recording Industry Association. They’ve also made appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Grand Ole Opry, MTV, and many others. Clear fun is in the forecast for July 28th as the “Louisville Crashers” will entertain, excite and bring an incredible night of talent to the Square.

In addition to an amazing night of free live music, July 28th will be the second concert event in the 2018 series for FIVE lucky attendees to win $500 each in the “Saturdays on the Square” 10-year anniversary cash giveaways.

On August, 4th, the 2018 “Saturdays on the Square” grand finale will feature country music icon, Lee Greenwood! Mr. Greenwood has more than 30 albums to his credit in his 30+ years in the country music industry. With 7 number one songs & 25 charted singles, his hits include: “It Turns Me Inside Out”, “Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands”, ”She’s Lyin”, “I Don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose”, “Dixie Road”, “Somebody’s Gonna Love You”, “Going, Going, Gone”, “You Got A Good Love Comin”, “Fools Gold”, and “Mornin Ride”. Several cross-over hits include, “Touch & Go Crazy”, “IOU” and the duet with Barbara Mandrell, “To Me”. An additional duet with Suzie Boggus, “Hopelessly Yours”, was nominated for a Grammy. The CD “American Patriot”, recorded & released in 1992, went Platinum in 3 months.

Greenwood has also won numerous industry awards including Male Vocalist of the Year for the Academy of Country Music in 1983, two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, 1983 & 1984 and a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance in 1985 for “I.O.U.”. He also won CMA Song of the Year in 1985 for writing “God Bless the USA.” The song, “God Bless the USA” has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America and is now part of the film for “Homeland Security” shown when swearing in new citizens to the United States.

“God Bless the USA” went far beyond what Greenwood expected when he wrote it in the back of his tour bus in 1983. The song has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It was also number 1 on the pop charts after 9/11/01. Greenwood says; “USA is the song I always felt the need to write. I wanted to have something that would unite Americans from coast to coast and instill pride back in the United States. The song represents my family, my community and those men & women who have paid the price for the freedoms we all love & enjoy.”

In 2011, Beyonce offered her version of “God Bless the USA” as a download, with the proceeds going to the 9/11 firefighters fund in NYC. It has been performed by contestants on the Fox Network’s “American Idol” twice & was the winning song in the 2011 “Dancing with the Stars” competition on ABC. It is performed at many military and patriotic events throughout the year across America, and Greenville is no exception! In addition to the grand finale concert, this last event of the season will pay tribute to the Armed Services and Veterans with a special “Military Salute.” Current Service Members and Veterans of all military branches and their families are encouraged to attend. To help set the stage, military equipment will be on display and, while supplies last, free American flags will be distributed to the crowd.

Onsite food trucks are also in the forecast for the 2018 “Saturdays on the Square” free summer concert season. Also enjoy shopping at unique boutiques and shops that are open around the Square during the concert events. Most concerts will include the performers’ merchandise tents that offer concert-goers the opportunity to acquire concert memorabilia.

The 2018 summer forecast calls for 5-weeks of clear fun at “Saturdays on the Square” in historic downtown Greenville, KY! There will be nothing mild about this season as the Greenville Tourism Commission heats things up to celebrate the 10th year of bringing free live entertainment to Main Street. The stars will truly be out on Greenville’s Square this summer!

SPECIAL NOTE: Given the concerts are hosted outdoors, weather can play a factor. Every effort will be made to produce the concerts on Main Street in downtown Greenville. In the event of inclement weather, three concerts have an alternate indoor location secured to ensure the shows go on. The Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall, located at 501 Robert Draper Way, has been designated as the backup location for the July 7th, July 21st and August 4th concerts. Should a concert be relocated to Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall, the public would be notified via the Greenville Tourism Commission Facebook page and website. This facility has limited seating capacity and requires general admission ticketing. While supplies last, free tickets would be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis, with details for distribution being announced the day of the event. For the July 14th and July 28th concerts, if weather conditions are not conducive for an outdoor event, the show(s) could be cancelled. For real-time updates, be sure to “Like” the Greenville Tourism Commission Facebook page.

For more information please visit www.TourGreenville.com and LIKE the Greenville Tourism Commission page 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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