The Blue Plum Festival has become one of the South’s largest free outdoor music and arts festivals. A ticketed concert and a CrossFit tournament are among the events being added to the weekend, as well as a bigger Blue Hop Brew-HaHa Craft Beer event. This event, known for its variety of music options, will continue to offer fans the opportunity to hear some great musicians. The Main Street Stage features Americana music by 18 South on Friday evening and Webb Wilder and Ritchie on Saturday night. Sending out smooth jazz music from the Jazz Stage, sponsored by ETSU, will be Johnny Smith and the Power Players and El Movimiento on Friday, and Dan Wilson along with Keith McKelley with Diane Roblin as the featured act on Saturday night. The only concert requiring a ticket, called Blue Plum at Founders, will be for Shovels & Rope, a band that has appeared on the Late Show as well as Austin City Limits. Tickets for the concert, which also includes Ian Thomas and the Band of Drifters and the Grammy award-winning Rebirth Brass Band, are available at blueplum.org. Tickets for the concert are $25; after May 25th they increase to $30. Blue Plum at Founders will be on the Great Lawn at Founders Park. Other activities include The Third Annual Urban Art Throw-down featuring the best aerosol graffiti artists in the southeastern region laying down their images on suspended 6’ x 8’ canvases. There’s also a 5k Blue Plum fast walk and run, the Johnson City Omnium bike race, a roller derby and corn hole tournament. And for the kids, there’s a safe place just for them that includes fun activities including the popular Water Wars. The name, Blue Plum Festival, is in honor of the 1800s rural post office serving an area in East Tennessee that would become known as Johnson City.
June 5, 2015 - June 7, 2015