ELIZABETHTON — Carter County musicians have never needed any encouragement in order to get together and entertain their neighbors. But some talented musicians and groups will be getting some encouragement from the city this summer.
The city, along with the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department, will be sponsoring a variety of upcoming events, starting with a Concert at the Hall tonight at 7.
Tonight’s event features the bluegrass gospel group Pure River. One of the band members just happens to be the city’s chief of police, Greg Workman.
The concert is free and will take place adjacent to City Hall, at 136 S. Sycamore St.
“We are excited to grow our services to the city,” said Mike Mains, director of the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department. “This is one of the ways we feel the community will really enjoy.”
Tonight’s event is just the start of a series of concerts throughout the summer months, featuring local bands such as Shooter, the Twang Bangers and the Jerry Pierce Band.
While tonight’s concert is on a Friday, Mains said future concerts will be held Saturday, and he hopes it will be a good fit with the weekly Carter County Car Club Cruise-ins downtown.
“I hope the concerts will benefit the club and the visitors coming to see the cars will also enjoy our concerts,” Mains said.
“I can’t say enough about the commitment at City Hall for our outdoor concerts,” Mains said.
While all the city departments have been supportive, the police department is the only one so far to have its department head on stage and performing.