2019 Summer Salute Musical Lineup
Friday headliner – Jimmy Church Celebrates 80th Birthday in Hoptown
The Summer Salute evening fun starts in high gear on Friday night with the return of the legendary Jimmy Church Band. Hoptown will be a special show for the veteran entertainer with the community tossing Jimmy an 80th birthday party. Join us with Jimmy, the band, Sugar & Spice, and a birthday celebration for the ages. The masterful showman will take the party on a trip from Motown to Bruno Mars with lots of stops in between.
Saturday Headliner – JOE DIFFIE with special guest, Walker Montgomery
For the fourth year in a row, Summer Salute will feature a country music headliner that will leave other festivals Green with envy. Hopkinsville’s largest party of the summer and biggest event of the year — will feature Grammy Award winner Joe Diffie as its marquee attraction. Diffie will close out the festival on Saturday night. Sponsored by Fortera Credit Union, Pennyrile Electric, Hopkinsville Electric System/EnergyNet and Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority (HWEA), Joe Diffie’s concert will be a free show in front of the Christian County Justice Center.
Whether singing about untarnished love in the enduring hit “John Deere Green,” the perennial appeal of “Pickup Man” or the heartbreak of dreams unrealized in “Ships That Don’t Come In,” Diffie’s songs have continually painted a portrait of real life with all its joy and angst. A former Male Vocalist of the Year, Diffie has delivered five Billboard No. 1 singles and has been a member of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry for 25 years. In the music business for over three decades, Diffie is releasing a new album (“I Got This”) in the spring. The title track and the follow-up single “Quit You”
are currently available wherever digital music is sold and streamed.
Opening for Diffie is up-and-coming country performer Walker Montgomery. The Nicholasville, KY native has true Kentucky thorougbred entertainment bloodlines. When Walker first stepped out onstage at the County Fair in Nicholasville, a town that had already given birth to not one, but TWO country stars, his father John Michael Montgomery and his uncle Eddie, he knew he had some pretty darn big shoes to fill. And the warm welcome and overwhelming love and support he received that night inspired him so much that he went home and wrote an anthem to them that would become his first single, “Simple Town.”
Friday, August 23
(Founders Square Stage)
11:30 am – 3:00 pm – Bobby Cool and the Nashville Players
5:30-9:30 pm – Jimmy Church Band
Saturday, August 24
(Founders Square Stage)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm – 101st Division Army Rock Band
1:30-3:30 pm – Xtraordinary Gentlemen, featuring Alonzo Pennington
3:30-7:00 pm – Legacy
(Justice Center Main Stage)
7:30-10:15 pm – Joe Diffie, with special guest Walker Montgomery
sponsored by Fortera Credit Union, Pennyrile Electric, HWEA, Hopkinsville Electric System