A concert by country star Aaron Tippin, over 80 unique craft beers, more than 20 fine wines, and a wide variety of barbecue – this is what’s in store for attendees at the 11th annual Racks by the Tracks Festival on Saturday, May 19th.
With over 15,000 people attending Racks by the Tracks each year, the popular festival has become one of the most popular events in the Tri-Cities as it enters its 11th year.
This year’s headliner, Aaron Tippin, labeled as “the Hardest Workin’ Man in Country Music” is celebrating his 25th year as a Country Artist. Tippin’s traditional sound and focus on working-class themes made him one of the most popular acts of the 1990s. With 10 studio albums and over 30 charted singles like “Kiss This,” “My Blue Angel,” “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio,” “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly,” “Working Man’s Ph.D.,” and “You’ve Got to Stand for Something.“, Tippin continues to write, record, tour and entertain fans from around the world.
In addition to the headliner this year, Racks is excited to welcome the Ultimate Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band – Tuesday’s Gone. From the signature Skynyrd sound, to the sheer raw power that the original band possessed, to the unmistakable look that they had, Tuesday’s Gone has every base covered. Tuesday’s Gone has been touring for over a decade and are the absolute closest you could hope to see and hear paying tribute to one of the greatest southern rock bands of all time.
Also performing this year are a popular duo from the Appalachian Mountains, If Birds Could Fly. Blending retro country, soul and rock & roll with an Appalachian accent, If Birds Could Fly have created a sound all their own.
And, opening the festival will be the band A Great Disaster. The Johnson City, TN band has a unique sound, citing folk, rock, Celtic, jazz, R&B, country, and classical styles among their influences. With over 60 original songs and jams, A Great Disaster incorporates a broad spectrum of sounds and styles that will make people get up and dance.
Kanishka Biddanda, festival founder, says, “Attendees come to our festival to sing along to their favorite songs, and also to discover their new favorite artists. From opening to close, this year’s lineup is the best we have ever had. These bands will provide great live performances that will make for a fun all-day outing with family & friends.”
In addition to the concerts, the day will include Craft Beer Tasting Event (with more than 80 craft beers), Wine Tasting Event (with 20 varieties of wines from Barefoot Wine), 10K and 5K Race/Walk, BBQ, Cornhole and Kid’s Area (filled with inflatables and fun things for the children), After Party, the concerts, and so much more!
In addition to a lot of fun for a lot of people, this event raises money for nearly a dozen nonprofit organizations in Northeast Tennessee, including Boys and Girls club, Kingposrt Chamber of commerce, Relay For Life (American Cancer Society), Sullivan County Humane Society, and many more.
For more information about the festival, and all of the events it offers, visit their website at http://www.racksbythetracks.com/. You can also call (423) 863-3998.
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