A Little Something for Everybody’s Musical Tastes
The 2017 Summer Salute festival is proud to announce the headliners for this year’s event! Country star Tracy Lawrence will take the Justice Center stage on Saturday night and bring his trunk full of #1 Hits for an evening of spectacular country music. The legendary Jimmy Church Band makes a Friday night encore at the Founders Square stage, offering the best in dance music of today and yesterday, courtesy of Casey’s General Store. On Sunday night, The Arena Rock Experience rocks the crowd from the Justice Center Stage with a trip through ’70s arena rock favorites, courtesy of Pennyrile Electric Cooperative. On Sunday afternoon, Gospel music favorites, The Martins, will headline the Church/Family Day music set from the Founders Square stage, courtesy of the Christian County Baptist Association. Stay tuned for exact showtimes for each day/night as the support acts for each segment are finalized.
TRACY LAWRENCE – Saturday Night
Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in Country music with songs such as “Paint Me a Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The entertainer has enjoyed twenty-two songs on the Billboard top ten charts with eighteen number one singles, selling over thirteen million albums.
The Multi-platinum CMA and ACM award winning recording artist has help shaped the sound of Country music for two decades, recently celebrating twenty years in music. His music has inspired a whole new generation of entertainers and fans. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan frequently pay tribute to the singer live in concert by playing his double-platinum hits like “Time Marches On” and “Alibis.” Songs that help make Lawrence among one of the most played artists on radio.
THE CLASSIC ROCK EXPERIENCE – Sunday Night
Sponsored by Pennyrile Electric
THE JIMMY CHURCH BAND – Friday Night
Sponsored by Casey’s General Store
THE JIMMY CHURCH BAND turned downtown Hopkinsville into a huge street party last year and the community has demanded an encore. Summer Salute is happy to oblige as Casey’s General Store welcomes back the legendary Jimmy Church Band for a return show at the Founders Square stage. So sing along to your favorite classics or take your favorite dance partner for a spin with the rest of the crowd.
This 10-piece group qualifies in every respect as a classic show band and musical review. In addition to performing the traditional Sounds of Motown veteran front man Jimmy Church is known for, today’s songs also roll easily into the group’s extensive playlist. Bottom line, The Jimmy Church Band dishes out sounds for everyone. The band consists of a rhythm section, horn section, dazzling choreography, and the titillating voices of Cinnamon and Spice. The group travels throughout the U.S. and abroad performing for corporate parties, conventions, wedding receptions, college and university sororities and fraternities, several Governor’s Inaugural Balls, and numerous private parties. In fact, VOGUE magazine named The Jimmy Church Band the #1 BEST BAND in its special wedding issue. Jimmy Church has been dazzling Hopkinsville and regional audiences for decades and will add yet another chapter to his long local legacy with an encore performance at the 2nd Annual Summer Salute.
The band’s Song List ranges from Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, to Louie Armstrong, Journey, Whitney Houston, and Keith Urban. The most requested songs performed are the “Motown Sounds” of the Supremes, Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, and Stevie Wonder. Other popular requests are for songs by the Jackson Five, the Spinners, Commodores, Kool and the Gang, Earth Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, the Drifters, and the Platters. The group’s song list also includes popular songs from artists such as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Roy Orbison, Jackie Wilson, Van Morrison, Madonna and many others. occasion.
THE MARTINS – Sunday Afternoon Church/Family Day
Sponsored by Christian County Baptist Association
The smooth, rich sounds of multi-Dove Award winning and Grammy nominated trio, The Martins, will be featured on Sunday afternoon as part of Summer Salute’s inaugural Church/Family Day. Siblings, Judy, Jonathan and Joyce Martin, have enjoyed countless radio hits and performances on stages at such prestigious locations as The Grand Ole Opry and The White House, as well as concert halls, auditoriums and churches nationwide. During the 1990s, The Martins rose to national and international success, showcasing their stunning and distinctive harmonies before a vast array of audiences, from Bill Gaither’s multi-award winning Homecoming Video and Concert Series to the White House to Carnegie Hall. Over the years the trio garnered six Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association, a Grammy nomination and multiple hit songs. After nearly a decade of pursuing individual music careers, their precedent-setting musical influence continues today, as the trio reunited in 2010, much to the delight of long-time Martin music lovers. In 2011, the Martins, who continue to be regularly featured on the popular Gaither Homecoming Video and Concert Series, released their first new recording in 10 years. In support of the highly anticipated recording, produced by Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts), the group has toured worldwide. The Martins returned to the studio in 2014 with renown arrangers, Lari Goss, Michael English, David Phelps and Matthew Holt, as well as long-time friend and producer, Michael English, to record a new a cappella hymns project. The recording, released in May, 2014, features The Martins’ unmatched and unmistakable family harmony. The Martins will share their trademark harmonies as the headliner Church/Family Day on Sunday afternoon, sponsored by the Christian County Baptist Association.