Just a short half hour drive from Knoxville via I-40 or Chapman Highway, this year’s Sevierville Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival (May 20 & 21, 2016) will include a headline performance Friday night from Mountain Faith Band, a 2015 finalist from NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
“From savory barbeque to the sweet sounds of the banjo and mandolin, festival-goers will once again be treated to a fun-filled, memorable experience in the Smokies,” says Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Amanda Maples Marr.
Mountain Faith Band, the SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards nominated band from Sylva, North Carolina, brings their modern style of Appalachian, Americana, and Roots music to Sevierville for Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass 2016.
The band features Sam McMahan on bass, Summer McMahan playing the fiddle, Brayden McMahan on banjo, Jimmy Meyer on rhythm guitar, Cory Piatt on mandolin and David Meyer triples on guitar, fiddle and piano, Chris Wright on drums. Last Thanksgiving, the band traveled to the Persian Gulf and performed six concerts for men and women serving in the military.
Beginning Friday night, May 20, 2016 bluegrass band Nightflyer will take the Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass main stage at 5p.m., before live performances from The Bankesters and Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier. The festival’s headliners, Mountain Faith Band, will close the evening on the main stage, with their set scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
Following these performances, all musicians in attendance will be invited to stick around and join fellow pickers for The Late Night Jam, presented by Dixie Stampede. This will be held on the festival grounds and takes place from 10 p.m. on Friday until 2 a.m. on Saturday, May 21st.
Saturday’s music line-up kicks off with Mountain Ruckus at 1 p.m. – Dixie Stampede’s band featuring four-time National Banjo Champion Gary “Biscuit” Davis. At 2 p.m., the sister duo of The Church Sisters will take the stage, followed by Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press. Osborne is the original singer of Rocky Top. Bluegrass super group Flashback will also perform two sets. Flashback has only recently begun making appearances again and consists of members of the mid-1990s bluegrass group, The New South.
The evening’s headliner, The Gibson Brothers, will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday May 21, to cap off an incredible weekend of bluegrass.
Editor’s Note: Celebrate Knoxville’s Music Reviewer Adam Whipple will chat with the Gibson Brothers on the road before their scheduled appearance. We’ll give you a reminder to check that out in our Twitter account, @CelebrateKnox.