01Apr

Greenville, Ky. – Get on the road to an incredible summer in historic downtown Greenville, Kentucky and take the FREEway to family entertainment at the Greenville Tourism Commission’s 11th annual “Saturdays on the Square” free outdoor events and concert series.

The 2019 summer series kicks-off on June 29th with something new—or perhaps better described as “something old”!  As the first stop on the FREEway, The GTC is pleased to invite the public to the first-ever “pre-season social event” featuring the “Twilight Cruise-In & Antique Car Show”! At the car show, “Roy Kyle and the Hot Rod Cruisers” will take guests back in time with a live performance of oldies favorites.  This will not be the typical Saturdays on the Square “concert” as this evening is a “throwback tribute” to the humble beginnings of Saturdays on the Square 11 years ago. The live musical performance will take place on the small, round “Veterans Plaza Stage”. South Main Street will be closed to traffic at 3pm as vintage automobiles begin to line the square and will remain closed until the event concludes.  During the evening, attendees will be able to freely meander through the vintage vehicles showcased throughout the downtown area with the sounds of live oldies music completing the atmosphere. This event will begin at 6pm and conclude at 8pm. Interested in participating with a vintage automobile? There is no cost to have a vehicle in the show and, while supplies last, dash plaques will be distributed to all auto owner participants.  Contact GTC Director Colbi Ferguson at (270) 338-1895 to learn more! This, no-cost event, is a prelude to the free summer concert series that begins the following week with the first nationally-known act.      

Then beginning July 6th, and on concert nights during the “Saturdays on the Square” regular season, Main Street in historic downtown Greenville, KY will transform into a premier outdoor concert venue. The concerts are FREE, and all are welcome!

The July 6th FREEway ramp leads to nationally-known, contemporary Christian band “Sidewalk Prophets”! With a career spanning three major label studio releases—2009’s These Simple Truths, 2012’s Live Like That and 2015’s Something Different (plus 2013’s celebrated holiday offering, Merry Christmas To You)—and multiple hits, including “The Words I Would Say,” “You Love Me Anyway” and “Live Like That,” among others, Sidewalk Prophets remains a mainstay at Christian radio. The Dove Award-winning band has sold nearly 700,000 albums and 1.6 million digital downloads. In addition, the group has garnered five No. 1 songs, eight top five radio singles and more than 11 million views on YouTube. They’ve been nominated for a Billboard Music Award, multiple K-LOVE Fan Awards and four Dove Awards, taking home the New Artist of the Year Dove in 2010. Over the course of their career, they’ve played for more than 2.5 million fans and counting. Buckle up for this great night of praise and worship on the summer FREEway trip! This July 6th concert will take place at 8pm Central Time on the GTC Performance Stage on Main Street in the heart of downtown Greenville.

The next FREEway route takes music lovers to Saturday, July 13th. Back by popular demand from last year’s series, Nashville’s #1 party band, “12 South” returns to the GTC Performance Stage!This band is one of the most sought-after entertainment bands in the country! This extremely talented group performs nationally at corporate events, 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 that will interact with the crowd. This group was a crowd favorite last year and was one of the most memorable performances ever at Saturdays on the Square! This concert will begin at 8pm Central Time.

On July 20th, the summer FREEway road trip continues to the first-ever “HWY-62 Bluegrass Festival” at Saturdays on the Square! Kicking off this bluegrass extravaganza, Muhlenberg’s Zeke Walters and “East to Nowhere” will take the stage at 6:30pm, followed by a 7pm performance by Greenville-native Derek Harris, and the “The Misty Mountain String Band”! At 8pm, the multi award-winning headliner of the night, “Dailey & Vincent” will continue the fun! Hailing from world famous stages such as Carnegie Hall, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Grand Ole Opry, Dailey & Vincent have earned three Grammy nominations, won four Dove Awards, claimed an astounding 35 IBMA honors (including three as Entertainers of the Year and three as Vocal Group of the Year), multiple #1 records, a Public Television Special and their weekly TV series, The Dailey & Vincent Show, on RFD-TV featuring guest artists Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio, Tanya Tucker, and more. Their most recent live CD, “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and remained at the top position for over 15 weeks. Expect a great night of authentic and entertaining Kentucky Bluegrass!

The final FREEway stop for the summer series is a true “Saturdays on the Square” FINALE! The Greenville Tourism Commission is pleased to welcome legendary group “The Oak Ridge Boys” to South Main Street in historic downtown Greenville.  At 8pm on July 27th, the Oak Ridge Boys will take the Tomcat 30 Pro Video Audio Performance Stage that will be situated for a premier FREE concert experience.  The music of The Oak Ridge Boys is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits, and a number one pop smash earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, The Oak Ridge Boys bring four decades of charted singles and 50 years of tradition to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.

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The 2019 “Saturdays on the Square” free summer concert and event season will include a full food court offering guests a variety of concert-friendly dining options. The local Greenville eateries will roll-out the red carpet, providing seated dining room experiences or on-the-go fast food choices. While in town, visitors can also enjoy shopping at unique boutiques and shops. Overnight accommodation, shopping and restaurant information is available at TourGreenville.com. Most concerts will include the performers’ merchandise tents that offer fans the opportunity to acquire concert memorabilia. Restroom facilities are provided. Parking is free with the best options being the various church, school and bank parking lots around the square. Parking is available behind the downtown buildings and some street parking is also available in nearby neighborhoods.

Greenville Tourism Co-Chair, Jamie Wells states, “We are grateful for the wonderful memories that have been made in historic downtown Greenville during the Saturdays on the Square Free Summer Concerts of the past 10 years.  This 11th season of events and concerts is truly special, offering even more FREE opportunities to experience the performing arts in Kentucky. “Saturdays on the Square” is entertainment at its finest and is all-around family-fun with wonderful opportunities to connect and socialize with friends. We are appreciative of the local residents and visitors who support Greenville’s businesses, restaurants, and inns throughout the entire year. From this year-long support, the GTC is able to continue offering live quality entertainment as an affordable experience in Western Kentucky by ‘keeping it free in Greenville’! We are very happy to bring these five very exciting and free event nights to the community and to guests from across the entire region. From the pre-season social and vintage car show with oldies on the Veterans Plaza Stage, all the way through the summer to the finale Tomcat 30 big stage concert featuring The Oak Ridge Boys, this summer on Greenville Square will be fun and free for all!”

As in years past event-attendees should bring lawn chairs. PLEASE NOTE! NEW THIS YEAR: as early as 2:00 pm on concert dates, guests will be allowed to set up lawn chairs. In previous years, lawn chair set up was self-guided and could occur somewhat “at will” on the concert days. Due to safety concerns and in order to support the needs of the downtown merchants and their clients, concert guests will only be able to set up their chairs as early as 2pm on concert day, but not before. The GTC requests the patience and understanding as this change in policy is implemented. GTC staff will be onsite to assist guests.

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, alternative locations or cancellations will be communicated. For real-time updates, be sure to “Like” the Greenville Tourism Commission Facebook page.

Take the FREEway this summer at the 2019 “Saturdays on the Square” concert and event series in historic downtown Greenville, KY! For more information, email director Colbi Ferguson at director@tourgreenville.com or call the Greenville Visitors and Welcome Center at (270) 338-1895. Stay connected; LIKE the Greenville Tourism Commission page on Facebook and follow along on Instagram. Welcome to Greenville! You’re just in time!

About Greenville Tourism Commission

The Greenville Tourism Commission was formed by ordinance of the Greenville, Kentucky City Council as governing body effective October 7th, 2007 and operates under the continuing authority of KRS 91A.350-91A.400. The purpose of the commission is to promote and develop convention and tourist activities and facilities in the City of Greenville, Kentucky.

28Mar

The Greenville Tourism Commission is extremely pleased to announce plans to establish the first-ever official “Greenville Visitors & Welcome Center”. The Center will make its debut in the heart of historic downtown Greenville, Kentucky.  This new venue will be situated at 125 S. Main Street. The new Center is slated to be unveiled in late spring of this year. Upon completion of the Center, the public will be hosted for a Grand Opening event with an open house for tours and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Greenville Visitors & Welcome Center will provide guests to Greenville, along with local friends and neighbors, a unique and nostalgic venue to learn more about the town, its destination sight-seeing opportunities, the experiences to be had and the events available to enjoy.  It will serve as a welcome mat to guests who need general information for self-guided explorations and will also provide a warm and informative opportunity for guided tours.  Items of historical significance will be displayed, along with other compelling graphic images and artifacts that tell Greenville’s stories from the past, showcase its treasures of today, and give glimpses into its future.

Visitors to The Center will enjoy retail therapy with the installation of The Towne Shop at Greenville Visitors & Welcome Center”. In partnership with the downtown merchants, The Towne Shop will be merchandised with Greenville and Kentucky branded items. Gift items, souvenirs, novelties for all ages, all boasting the Greenville, KY brand, will be ready to sell, with gift wrapping services available.

The Greenville Tourism Commission administrative offices, previously located at 112 N. Main Street, will be relocated to the new Center. “Travel resources and local/regional brochures will be available on site. We take pride in our historic downtown and we look forward to reflecting that in the new Visitors & Welcome Center,” states GTC director, Colbi Ferguson.

“The GTC remains committed to the scope of our mission to develop and promote Greenville, KY as a destination location to tourists and travelers.  Expanding our services to include an official visitors welcome center will enhance our guest experience and further brand our city as a cultural, recreational, relaxing, and entertaining place to be.  This center is only one part of a multi-phase initiative that is underway to continue our revitalization and tourism efforts, with an emphasis on historic downtown Greenville.  We will be making announcements of the additional enhancements to downtown later this spring”, says Jamie Wells, co-chair of the Greenville Tourism Commission.

To make this Center a multi-purpose location, that is available for use by local businesses and organizations, a Community Conference Room is being included in the design plan. The room will be made available, via reservation, for business or civic related meetings and presentations. There will be no cost for the use of the room.

The location of the new Center is strategically in the heart of downtown where GTC’s signature events that currently include “Saturdays on the Square” and “Squash & Gobble Fall Festival and Arts Bazaar” take place. According to Ferguson “During our major events, the Greenville Visitors & Welcome Center will be open to the public to provide an inviting and informative space for those in attendance. GTC Commissioners and volunteers will man the Center during events to assist visitors with information, local itineraries and directions. We are excited to wrap up the construction improvements and get the Center open for business!”