Thursday, May 17, 2018

Media alert: Thursday Jams moved to Wolf Hills Brewing due to inclement weather

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2018 SAM LEWIS CONCERT MOVES TO WOLF HILLS BREWING TONIGHT DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Abingdon, VA – Due to the forecast of thunder and lighting, tonight’s Thursday Jams concert has been relocated to Wolf Hills Brewing (350 Park Street in Abingdon). Nashville artist Sam Lewis headlines the show, with opening act K.T. Vandyke. The brewery opens at 5:00pm, and music starts at 7:00pm. Food vendors will still be on hand, and the concert is still free and all ages.


Country singer Sam Lewis has collaborated with everyone from John Prine and Kacey Musgraves to The Wood Brothers. Chris Stapleton dubbed him "a modern Townes Van Zandt". And while he's often labeled with some form of the word 'soulful' (some have even compared his voice to molasses), Lewis' style meets at a juncture of many different genres.


Born and raised deep in the black diamond hills of southwestern Virginia, K.T. Vandyke is a unique and gripping song-smith, who wields folk songs and prose that reflect his vibrant and tempestuous life. His songs tell the story of growing up in the coalfields of Buchanan County, Virginia and the trials of being young vagabond musician devoted to honing his craft and experiencing all that life has to offer.

For more information on the venue, visit https://wolfhillsbrewing.com/


For more information on the musical lineup, visit https://www.abingdonmusicexperience.com/sam-lewis-may-17








Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Notice of Meeting - June 18, 2018 Dedication of Lois H. Humphreys Park on Main


June 2018 Town Council Meeting Notice


Commonwealth Transportation Board/VDOT Meeting




Follow up information from the Commonwealth Transportation Board/VDOT Meeting held on Monday, May 14, 2018:

Already funded or under construction
Exit 14 – complete in Fall 2018
Park Street – under design, start construction in Spring 2019
Green Springs Road – complete in October 2018
Abingdon Urban Trail – complete in September 2018
VCT @ Watauga Road - underway

Upcoming
East Main Street sidewalks – FY2023
West Main/Jonesboro Road intersection improvements – Design FY2021, Construction FY2023
Additional Maintenance Funds (Cummings Street, Porterfield Hwy, Jonesboro Road) – Fall 2018
West Main/Porterfield Hwy intersection improvements – Design FY2020, Construction FY2022-23
Exit 17 – FY2021
Exit 19 – FY2023
VCT @ Meade Meadows – FY2019/20

Future Applications
East Main Street Widening from Exit 19 to Hillman Highway – Smart Scale
French Moore Blvd. Extension – Smart Scale
Clark Street Sidewalks - HSIP
Urban Trail, Phase 2 – Transportation Alternative (TA)

For questions or more information, please call Matt Bolick, Director of Public Works, at 276-628-3167.

Monday, May 14, 2018

ABINGDON’S THURSDAY JAMS BEGIN THIS WEEK; NOW ANNOUNCING THE FULL LINEUP OF OPENING ACTS


ABINGDON’S THURSDAY JAMS BEGIN THIS WEEK;
NOW ANNOUNCING THE FULL LINEUP OF OPENING ACTS

Abingdon, VA –  Now in its 6th year, Abingdon’s Thursday Jams series is one of the region’s most popular summer events.  The shows start this Thursday May 17th with rising country artist Sam Lewis and special opener KT Vandyke, a rising star from Southwest VA.  Thursday Jams has added some surprising new opening acts to the series, adding even more excitement to the schedule of nationally acclaimed artists.   Thursday Jams kick off each Thursday evening at 7:00pm; headliners go on at 8:00pm.

Presented by Blue Ridge Beverages and the Abingdon Music Experience, Thursday Jams continues each Thursday for 10 weeks, closing July 19; a beer garden is provided by Abingdon Main Street, and local food vendors are on hand each week. Visitors and locals alike turn out for these free, family-friendly events. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the shows.

“We have been overwhelmed with the requests from artists to play this series, and there just aren’t enough days to showcase all of the talent we’d like to,” according to Event Coordinator Sara Saavedra.  “This has created a situation where each concert date not only has a fantastic headlining band, but often has openers who are also booked at big festivals like Merle Fest and Floyd Fest. We have so many openers this year that are nationally touring acts themselves.”

Other opening acts include Trongone Band (June 14), Cicada Rhythm (July 12) and Songs from the Road (June 28) a NC bluegrass super-band, made up of members who have shared the stage with Bela Fleck, Larry Keel, Steve Martin, Bobby McFerrin and have received numerous IBMA and Grammy awards. For a full listing of musical acts and dates, visit www.abingdonmusicexperience.com.

Thursday Jams, which draws thousands of locals and visitors to downtown Abingdon each year, is sponsored in part by Eastman Credit Union, Universal Fibers, First Community Bank, Bank of Marion, Food City, and Johnston Memorial Hospital, with media and hospitality sponsorship from WNCW 88.7, The Loafer, and JJ’s Restaurant.

No outside alcohol is allowed. In case of inclement weather, updates will be posted to social media, and Wolf Hills Brewery will serve as the alternate venue, located at 350 Park Street SE in Abingdon.

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Thursday Jams 2018 Lineup
May 17, 2018
Sam Lewis
Opening act: KT Vandyke

May 24, 2018
Reverend Shawn Amos
Opening act: Mr. Nobody & The Extras

May 31, 2018
Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics
Opening act: Shake it Like a Caveman

June 7, 2018
Steel Wheels
Special Guest Sinners & Saints

June 14, 2018
Cris Jacobs
Special Guest Trongone Band

June 21, 2018
Heather Gillis Band
Opening act: Sparks & Lazers

June 28, 2018
Acoustic Syndicate
Opening act: Songs from the Road

 July 5, 2018
Super Doppler
Opening act: Okey Dokey

July 12, 2018
Eilen Jewell
Opening act: Cicada Rhythm

July 19, 2018
Sweet Crude
Opening act: TBD


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