Ridge City Ramblers plays bluegrass, and Kukuly and Gypsy Fuego plays gypsy jazz, according to WDVX 89.9 FM, a listener-supported radio station that will broadcast the show live.
The concert is this evening (Monday, June 4). The music is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., according to WDVX and ORNL Federal Credit Union, which is presenting the show.
It’s the first in a series of free summer concerts in Oak Ridge called the “Summer Sessions” and presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union. Performers will include bluegrass and Americana bands from throughout the region. Future concerts will be held on the following Saturdays: July 21, August 18, September 8, and October 6. All concerts will be held outdoors at the pavilion in Alvin K. Bissell Park at 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge. They are free. The full lineup can be found on ORNL FCU’s Facebook page or at ornlfcu.com/summer-sessions.
“The community is invited to bring their lawn chairs and their friends and family for an evening of free Americana roots music,” the credit union said. “Oak Ridge’s own Crafter’s Brew will be on-site with craft beer, along with local food truck vendors.”
WDVX, which is supporting the series, will broadcast live from 4-7 p.m. with Tony Lawson and special guests during the June 4 event, according to ORNL Federal Credit Union. WDVX said tonight’s concert is scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m.
Another pre-festival event this week, before the Secret City Festival on Friday and Saturday, is a Children’s Movie Night featuring “Despicable Me 3” at Ben Martin Track at Oak Ridge High School at 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 6. And there is a Battle of the Bands at the pavilion at Alvin K. Bissell Park at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, presented by United Way of Anderson County, the Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board, and MERLE FM.
There are many events scheduled for the Secret City Festival on Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9.
A main stage concert on Friday night will feature Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx. The opening band is The Band Legacy. The show starts at 7 p.m.
The main stage concert on Saturday night will feature the Little River Band. The opening band is Janelle Arthur. The show starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available online or at Citizens First Bank at 1298 Oak Ridge Turnpike for $25.
“As always, beer (and this year cider!) will be available at the concerts,” organizers said.
Organizers said there will be more crafters than ever at this year’s festival, more food trucks—with a focus on local vendors—and a kid’s area that will be double the size of previous years.
“There will be bounce houses, water slides, laser tag, and so much more!” organizers said.
Friday events include:
- A.K. Bissell Park—opening ceremony, music, magic, a juggler, a K-9 search demonstration, and best of of Battle of the Bands;
- festival grounds and various locations—FIRST Robotics Secret City Invitational, Y-12 National Security Complex public tours, Dream Big, Tennessee Creates Juried Arts and Crafts Show, Technology Village, children’s activities, Nine Lakes wine tasting (additional purchase required), food vendors, arts and crafts, and historic exhibits;
- Oak Ridge Public Library Auditorium—historic talks that will include discussions of spies, nuclear medicine, the Secret City, Chapel on the Hill, and the Friendship Bell, and a lecture by the U.S. Department of Energy’s “gadget guru”; and
- Main Stage—concert with The Band Legacy, and Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx.
Saturday events include:
- A.K. Bissell Park—a tribute to veterans, music, magic, a juggler, martial arts, and a ventriloquist;
- festival grounds and various locations—FIRST Robotics Secret City Invitational, veterans parade, golf tournament, Oak Ridge National Laboratory tours, Dream Big, Tolling of the Boats, Tennessee Creates Juried Arts and Crafts Show, Technology Village, children’s activities, Nine Lakes wine tasting (additional purchase required), food vendors, arts and crafts, historic exhibits, and a Guinness Book of World Records attempt at largest game of knockout basketball ;
- Oak Ridge Public Library Auditorium—historic talks that will include discussions of spies and assassins and Chapel on the Hill, a lecture by the U.S. Department of Energy’s “gadget guru,” and another by a preschool teacher who became a university president;
- Main Stage—concert with Janelle Arthur and Little River Band.
“Come and join us for the best weekend of the year in Oak Ridge!” organizers said.
More information is available at www.secretcityfestival.com.
See the pre-festival events for the Secret City Festival here.
See the Friday events for the Secret City Festival here.
See the Saturday events for the Secret City Festival here.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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