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September 8, 2016 @ 6:15 pm - 11:00 pm
What’s the best way to kick off College Football’s Largest Game? A free concert featuring one of the most popular Americana bands! Downtown Johnson City’s Founders Park will be the site for the Bootleg Bash, a pregame party for all UT, Virginia Tech and music fans.
The Bootleg Bash will take place on Thursday, September 8th. The event will feature a concert beginning at 6:15 p.m. with performances from three incredible bands. The opening band, These Are the Angles, is out of Johnson City. The Comet Conductors will play at 7 pm.
The headliner for the evening will be The Black Lillies. The Black Lillies are an Americana band from Knoxville. Born in the rumbling cab of a stone truck and aged in the oak of Tennessee’s smoky night haunts, The Black Lillies have quickly risen to the forefront of the Americana scene. Founded by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Cruz Contreras, The Black Lillies have created their own unique brand of country, roots, rock and blues via Appalachia. One of the most popular bands at previous Rhythm and Roots and Bonnaroo, the only place to see The Black Lillies in the region this fall is at the Bootleg Bash!
In 2014, Rolling Stone magazine listed the band on a Top 10 list of who to watch, they said: No independent band has played the Grand Ole Opry more often than The Black Lillies, a co-ed, ragtag group of Knoxville-based pickers whose songs bridge the gap between Appalachian folk, California folk-rock, bluegrass and jazz.
“The blessing and the curse of this band,” says leader Cruz Contreras, “is the fact that we don’t like to repeat ourselves. I’ll write a soul tune, then a rock tune, then a country tune. Every day, people ask us what kind of music we play, and we still don’t have a one-word answer for them.” These songs will haunt your thoughts long after the curtain closes, rattling through your head like a crooked screen door slaps against its frame when a storm is coming. The Black Lillies will play at 8:15 p.m.
Not only will the event have live music, there will also be food trucks and vendors set up along Founders Park, along with a beer tents sponsored by Budweiser and Shock Top Breweries. The event is sponsored by Budweiser, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Peoples Community Bank, Johnson City Development Authority and the Washington County UT Alumni Association.
The Bootleg Bash is the perfect event to kick off the Battle at Bristol festivities. All attendees are encouraged to support their team by wearing their team colors.
No outside food or drink will be allowed in Founders Park during the event, but chairs are allowed. Following the Bootleg Bash, downtown nightspots will offer live music in their venues.
For more information about the Bootleg Bash visit downtownjc.com/bootlegbash.