There will be parades in many locations and other fireworks shows, too, but the biggest and the best celebration of America's birthday in our area this year will once again be the DABA (Denver Area Business Association) Fireworks Festival at East Lincoln High School on Saturday June 29th, 2019.
DABA held a luncheon Wednesday (Jan. 30th) at Verdict Ridge Country Club to announce the entertainment lineup for the 2019 event. The festival is in its 19th year celebrating America's independence with a big fireworks show preceded by top notch nationally known entertainment.
With help from WSOC 103.7-FM and others, Ronnie Caldwell, who has become the major promoter of the event, has put together a program incuding three of Nashville's top entertainers: Jeff Bates, Lincoln County native Kelby Costner, and Parmalee.
Jeff Bates has been a staple in country music for over 15 years, delivering numerous hits including “Long Slow Kisses,” “The Love Song,” and “I Wanna Make You Cry.” He has had chart topping singles, six secular country music albums, one inspirational album, and one Christmas album.
A recent project titled “Me and Conway” honors his idol, the late Conway Twitty. The album includes Bates’ own versions of six Conway classics as well as six new original songs penned by Bates and friends. Bates was joined by the legendary Loretta Lynn on the duet “After The Fire Is Gone,” which marks the first time since Twitty’s death that Lynn recorded any music she performed with Conway.
In 2011, Bates won the award for ICM’s “Mainstream Country Artist” of the year and the title cut off his inspirational album “One Day Closer” landed at #1 on the Christian Country Charts.
His song "Judging Judas" won him the award for 2017 Song of the Year at the Inspirational Country Music Awards.
Lincolnton's own Kelby Costner recently teamed up with Grammy-nominated producer and CMA/BMI songwriter of the year Ross Copperman and Phil 'Philbilly' O'Donnell for the production of his debut EP with the new single "I Need My Girl."
ParmaLee is best known for their song “Carolina” which topped the country airplay charts.
Matt and Scott Thomas started out playing with their father, Jerry, but when he retired, they got together with Josh McSwain and Barry Knox to form Parmalee, which is named for the Martin County, NC, town of Parmale.
They have recorded six albums and a seventh is soon to be released.
All three acts will be huge according to Chele Fassig of WSOC FM-103.7.
The gates for this year's show will open at 4 PM as they have in the past, but the program will start early this year Ronnie Caldwell told us. “We really don’t have an opener this year; all three acts are headliners.”
Caldwell said he encourages everyone to patronize the sponsors that fund this free event for the community. "There's no way we could do it without their support." Caldwell also expressed his appreciation to Lincoln County government and the Lincoln County Schools. County Manager Kelly Atkins and School Supt. Dr. Lory Morrow attended the luncheon Wednesday along with many of the event sponsors. "The County has recognized this as an important local event, and they not only help us financially but supply manpower, too. The schools allow us to use David Clark Stadium where the event is held."
DABA President Shantae Brown of Lake Norman Realty encouraged those at the Wednesday get-together to share posts about the event from the DABA Facebook page. In addition to the show, sponsors and vendors will have booths, fun and games for kids including a rock climbing wall, and a special salute to the armed forces and veterans will be a part of the program.
Caldwell said most of the sponsors from last year have already signed up to sponsor this year's event, but sponsorships are still available. CLICK HERE for more information.
To keep up with what's planned for this year, visit the Facebook page.
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