With just two months away, the 14th Annual Blue Plum Festival is in preparation mode, as the festival’s headliners were announced Friday in downtown Johnson City.
Blue Plum director Brandi Woodall announced the 2013 lineup on the corner of East Main Street and Colonial Way, assuring the crowd present that there would be great musical entertainment throughout the three-day festival weekend, scheduled for June 7-9.
On the Main Street Stage, headliners scheduled to perform include Missy Raines, Shawn Camp, Big Daddy Love, Scythian and The Travelin’ McCourys with Keller Williams.
“We are very fortunate to have first time sponsorships this year from East Tennessee State University and ETSU Online. We’re very appreciative to them,” Woodall said. “The one interesting thing about this year’s main stage is that we’re actually going to have more music on that stage then we’ve had in years past. We’re actually going to have a segment during the weekend where we’re going to celebrate the performers who live and work in this region and ... earn their living by performing. There’s going to be a small, maybe two- to three-hour block where we celebrate. They’re going to come in, perform three or four songs each. It’s going to be really special.”
On the Roan Street Stage, headliners include Wayne Graham, Ryan Sheffield & the High Hills, The Red County Gospel, Scratch River Telegraph Company and Annabelle’s Curse.
“Our Roan Street Stage, or as many of us call it the local stage, actually gives artists and performers located within a two-hour area the chance to perform on a public stage in front of thousands of attendees,” Woodall said. “You’re going to be blown away by the local talent. It’s really a great lineup.”
Eastman Credit Union will, once again, be the presenting sponsor of the Roan Street Stage.
Jazz Stage headliners performing this year’s include Loretta Bowers, Danger Cube, Jacob Tipton, Lenore Raphael and Dan Wilson.
“When that (Jazz Stage) started a few years ago, there was quite a buzz for the Jazz Stage,” Woodall said. “The one thing that’s really amazing to me about that stage in general is the fact that at any given time there’s spontaneous dancing around that stage because it’s so lively.”
Sponsors of the Jazz Stage include Holston Distributing, Sweet Water Brewing, Time&Pay and Johnson City Federal Credit Union.
“We’re bringing back the Urban Art Throwdown, we’re bringing back our (5K Plum Fast Run & Walk), the Cornhole Tournament, all of the great things that you have come to love about the Blue Plum,” Woodall said.
The title sponsor of the festival is Blue Moon Brewing Co. Century Link will also be partnering with the Plum to provide broadband services to the event.
Creative Energy was also brought on board about three weeks ago as the festival’s marketing sponsor, creating the Plum’s official poster, as well as providing marketing, print and design services for the festival.
“In 1999, a small group of merchant and volunteers got together and they brainstormed this idea of putting together a music festival. Who could’ve thought that over 13 years it would draw 80,000 people in one week,” Woodall said. “We are very excited. The Blue Plum has become something the entire region kind of looks forward to. People vacation around the Blue Plum. They come home for homecomings during Blue Plum, so it’s become somewhat of a ritual for many people.”