Fun Fest Announces Sunset Series Entertainers:
Huey Lewis and the News to Close Fun Fest
Kingsport, TN- Fun Fest 2017 (July 14th-22nd) is proud to announce the entertainers for the 2017 Sunset Concert Series. Jeremy Camp will kick off the series on Thursday, July 20th followed by Rick Springfield on Friday, July 21st. The festival finale will be Huey Lewis and the News on Saturday, July 22nd.
Thursday night’s Contemporary Christian Concert will open up with Christian rock artist and pastor, Zach Williams. Williams released his debut album, “Chain Breaker” in late 2016 and the lead single soared to the top of the Christian Song charts.
Christian pop rock group, Tenth Avenue North will take the stage after Williams with songs from their latest album, “Followers”, such as lead single, “What You Want” and “Fighting For You”. Their 2008 major-label debut, “Over and Underneath,” established the band as the year’s best-selling new Christian music artist and touted the high-charting singles “Love Is Here,” “Hold My Heart” and “By Your Side,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart and led to a Gospel Music Association Dove Award for song of the year.
The headliner for this year’s Contemporary Christian Concert is Jeremy Camp. Jeremy Camp has released nine albums, five of them RIAA-certified as Gold and 1 RIAA Platinum, and 37 number-one radio hits. His original music is a mixture of ballads and rock. He is best known for “I Still Believe”, “Walk by Faith”, “Let it Fade”, and most recently “Christ In Me”.
The Thursday night concert is presented by Honda Kingsport.
The Friday Night Concert kicks off with popular classic rock band, Night Ranger. The band's first five albums sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.The quintet is perhaps best known for their power ballad, "Sister Christian". They released their latest album, “Don’t Let Up” in March 2017 in honor of their 35th Anniversary.
Over the past three decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, a Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” He’s an accomplished actor who most recently starred opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash, gave a chameleonic performance as the creepy Dr. Pitlor in HBO’s prestige drama True Detective and is earning great reviews for his portrayal of Lucifer this season on the CW hit, Supernatural. In 2014, Springfield was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located around the corner from the first apartment he lived in when he first arrived in the U.S. from Australia in 1971.
The Friday night concert is presented by Appalachian Power and Domtar.
Fun Fest 2017 will end the week with opener Barenaked Ladies and headliner, Huey Lewis and the News.
Saturday night’s concert will begin with 2-Time Billboard Music Award Winners, Barenaked Ladies. Barenaked Ladies, which formed in Canada, released its first major-label album, "Gordon," in 1992, but didn't really breakthrough in the United States until its hit "One Week" from its fourth album, "Stunt" in 1998. That song went to No. 1 on the U.S. charts, and was followed by the hit "It's All Been Done." Together, the songs pushed the album to No. 3 on the U.S. chart and helped it sell quadruple platinum. Its follow-up album, 2000's "Maroon," hit No. 5 in the United States and produced the Top 15 hit "Pinch Me." A new album, "Ladies and Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies and The Persuasions," a collaborative album with New York a cappella group The Persuasions, is due out April 14. The band is also known for performing the theme song to the popular TV show, "The Big Bang Theory."
Huey Lewis and The News are truly one of America’s great rock & roll bands. As they enter their 38th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling over 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map.
These Grammy Award winners have written and performed such classic Top Ten Hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll”, “Stuck With You”, “I Want A New Drug”, “If This Is It”, “Hip To Be Square” “Do You Believe In Love” and “Workin’ For A Livin”. The group also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the hit film Back To The Future. “The Power of Love”, nominated for an Academy Award, went to #1 on Billboard’s singles chart, and was a smash hit worldwide
Eastman is the presenting sponsor for the Saturday Night Concert.
The Sunset Concert Series will take place at J. Fred Johnson Stadium. Additional Series sponsors include Eastman Credit Union and Visit Kingsport.