The stars have aligned just right, and Saturday night at the Foothills Fall Festival will shine with some of country music’s best. Country music legend Reba McEntire will headline on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Theater in the Park, bringing with her The Band Perry and Steel Magnolia.
The City of Maryville information office announced Wednesday that Saturday night of the Festival will be part of McEntire’s arena tour. Planners are still working to finalize the remaining festival lineup, but according to Greg McClain, city manager, “The news about Saturday could not be contained until then. This is big! Our fans have asked for Reba for years, and we were thrilled that our date worked out for her tour. We know that Reba is a fan favorite, crossing many generations, and we are excited that she will be performing in Maryville.”
Joining Reba will be Greenville natives and ACM’s Top New Vocal Group The Band Perry and CMT’s “Can You Duet” winners Steel Magnolia.
McEntire, who has had 82 Top 40 hits, is the daughter of a world champion steer roper. Her first performance was singing the national anthem at the 1974 National Finals Rodeo. Six years after her first single, “I Don’t Want to be a One Night Stand,” McEntire topped the charts with “Can’t Even Get the Blues” in 1982. She was the first woman to win six Country Music Association award nominations in one year and was named CMA’s best female vocalist in four consecutive years from 1984-1987.
The Band Perry’s Greenville, Tn., roots have no doubt influenced their unique style of American music. “Daddy rocked us to sleep with the Rolling Stones; Mama woke us up with Loretta Lynn. So we get it honest,” said Kimberly Perry, the band’s lead singer. The siblings have encountered tremendous success with their double platinum hit “If I Die Young,” and it continues with “You Lie” climbing the charts and currently at No. 3.
Steel Magnolia sweethearts Joshua Jones and Meghan Linsey have found a unique connection both on and off the stage. Winners of the hit show “Can You Duet” produced by the creators of “American Idol,” Steel Magnolia creates a “unique vocal blend that is truly special,” said Scott Borchetta, president of Big Machine Records.
McClain added, “Each year, we challenge ourselves to raise the bar for the entertainment experience that is unique to the Foothills Fall Festival. We think that this year will be unforgettable with Reba at the helm. Artists of this caliber take a long time to secure - and the entire festival entertainment package is a delicate juggling act. We often find ourselves redesigning the plan many times throughout the season. Since we are shooting for the stars, it takes time for all the planets to align. We plan to announce the remaining lineup as soon as we can receive the necessary confirmations.”
Tickets for this year’s festival are slated to go on sale July 30 and will be available at the Maryville Municipal Center, Blount County branches of First Tennessee and GreenBank, as well as through Tickets Unlimited. Charge by phone at 865-656-4444 or order online at knoxvilletickets.com.
For a limited time, tickets for the three day festival will be $50. A limited number of reserved seats will be available through Tickets Unlimited. More information about reserved ticket sales including seating charts will be available via www.foothillsfallfestival.com on July 23.
Jane Groff, events coordinator for the City of Maryville, said the city will sell the same number of reserved seats as last year. “That is approximately 500,” said Groff. “Those are a mix of one-day and three-day passes, but we don’t have prices set yet. It all depends on the final line up. We’ll have all that when we make the final announcement, which we hope to be in the next week and a half to two weeks.”
Only the three-day passes are available at a discount.
“In the past, we have actually sold-out all the reserved seats in a few hours. Those will only be available while they last. The three-day ticket will, for a limited time, be at the early bird price of $50.”
The number of local and area bands to perform depends on the final line-up of headliners, said Groff. “We actually have our offers out and all is dependent on artists’ schedules and their ability to get here, but anything is possible. I believe we’ll have at least seven spots (for local acts) this year.”
The Foothills Fall Festival is renowned for its world class entertainment at Theater in the Park, arts and crafts on Broadway, family activities in the award winning Greenbelt Park and a wide variety of foods throughout the festival. Admission to the Arts and Crafts and Children’s Adventure Land is free. Concerts at Theater in the Park require a ticket. The hours of operation for this year’s arts and crafts showcase and Children’s Adventure Land are noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Volunteer applications are currently being accepted.
Partnerships with the City of Maryville for the festival are Ruby Tuesday, First Tennessee Foundation, Denso, Massey Electric, Cherokee Millwright, Clayton Homes and GreenBank.
For more information, visit the Foothills Fall Festival website at www.foothillsfallfestival.com or call 865-273-3445.