SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINERS – TBA
Last year’s inaugural Summer Salute festival set a high standard in bringing country superstars Diamond Rio to the big stage at the Justice Center. Stay tuned for the announcements of the 2017 headline entertainment. And, with the festival expanding to a three-day affair this year, we’ll welcome TWO national acts – one on Saturday night and then again on Sunday evening.
The Jimmy Church Band
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.