KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Fun Fest 2013 (July 12th-20th) is proud to announce the entertainers for the 2013 Sunset Concert Series. Chris Tomlin will kick off the series on Thursday, July 18th followed by Hunter Hayes on Friday, July 19th.
The festival finale will be Chicago and Gavin DeGraw on Saturday, July 20th.
Thursday night marks the second Contemporary Christian Concert at the Sunset Series on the main stage.
The evening will open up with Big Daddy Weave, who has been climbing the charts fast with their latest single, "Redeemed" off their 2012 album, "Love Come to Life".
The headliner for this year's Contemporary Christian Concert is Chris Tomlin.
Tomlin became the fourth Christian music artist ever to garner the number one position on the Billboard 200 charts.
His album, which topped the charts in late January, is only the second artist in 15 years to do so. Additionally, Tomlin has earned 10 number one radio singles, three GRAMMY nominations, 18 Dove Awards, one platinum and three gold albums. He is most known for his singles, "Forever", "Indescribable" and "How Great is Our God".
The Friday Night Concert kicks off with The Henningsens, who have just released their first song, "American Beautiful".
This family trio also wrote several songs for The Band Perry's debut album.
The headliner for Friday night is award winning newcomer, Hunter Hayes.
Hayes was named 2012 New Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association and Male Country Artist of the Year at the Teen Choice Awards.
In October 2011, Hayes released his self-titled debut album that included the Top 15 country single, "Storm Warning", the No. 1 singles, "Wanted" and "Somebody's Heartbreak".
This year, he was nominated for three Grammys and six Academy of Country Music awards and is currently touring with Carrie Underwood.
Fun Fest 2013 will end the week with two great entertainers.
Singer, songwriter and musician, Gavin DeGraw will open the evening, featuring hits such as "In Love With a Girl", "I Don't Want to Be" and "Chariot".
The night will end with one of the longest-running and most successful rock bands in history, Chicago.
Chicago has earned 22 Gold, 18 Platinum and 8 Multi-Platinum albums since their debut in the late 60's. Their biggest hits include "If You Leave Me Now", "Saturday in the Park and "You're the Inspiration".
DeGraw has enjoyed success since launching his career in 2003 with his debut album, "Chariot", which sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification and yielded three hit singles.
He followed that with his self-titled second album, which debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart in 2008.
The Sunset Series will take place on the Brock Services Stage at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.
G&K Services' Friends of Festus VIP packages are a value-added option for concert-goers.
Friends of Festus reserved seating packages are priced from $50-$70 per seat, based on which night you are attending.
The package also includes a reserved parking area close to the stadium and a $15 Fun Fest merchandise gift certificate.
A limited number of Friends of Festus packages will be available beginning April 1st.
You can purchase your package at the Fun Fest office located at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield St. Ste. 100, Kingsport (423-392-8806).
Beginning May 15th, online Sunset Series general admission ticket packages can be purchased by clicking here.
Combo packs for Thurs/Fri. are $25, the Thurs/Sat and Fri/Sat combo packs are $30 and the All 3 Nights package will be $45. Combo tickets are ONLY available online.
Any remaining single-night, general admission tickets will be available beginning Friday, June 21 at 9 a.m. at the Fun Fest Store at 400 Clinchfield St., Ste. 100.
Ticket pricing is $15 for Thursday and Friday nights and $20 for the Saturday night concert.