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.
Thursday Jams 2018 Lineup
May 17, 2018
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
Special Guest Sinners & Saints
June 14, 2018
Special Guest Trongone Band
June 21, 2018
Heather Gillis Band
Opening act: Sparks & Lazers
June 28, 2018
Opening act: Songs from the Road
July 5, 2018
Opening act: Okey Dokey
July 12, 2018
Opening act: Cicada Rhythm
July 19, 2018
Opening act: TBD