The Laurel Cove Music Festival is today and Saturday at Pine Mountain State Resort Park.
Due to heavy rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for both days, even organizers decided on Thursday to move the event from the Laurel Cove Amphitheater inside to the convention center at the park's lodge.
“If it was going to be just a passing shower or two, then that’s one thing — but all day thunderstorms Friday and Saturday with a 90 percent chance. We had to make the tough call to move it from the Cove," said Bell County Tourism Director Jon Grace. "As far as all the stuff we were going to have, it will still be much in the same. The crafters, we will still have an area for them. There is still going to be food and drinks up there, and the seats will be arranged largely similar to what they were. So, we’re hoping there won’t be a lot of dynamic changes.”
The biggest change that will affect the event are ticket sales. With the change in venue, the decision has been made to cut day-of ticket sales because of space concerns.
“We sold just enough tickets to where we can fit people in the conference room, so I had to cut the sales off because we sold what we can fit in there,” Grace said. “If people got their tickets, then they are in good shape. This space is a little bit more confined, in the conference room, than it is at the Cove.
“Obviously, we are disappointed. The reason we wanted to do it up there is because of the Cove, but what’s more important is people’s safety and enjoyment and the music and fellowship up there. It’s unfortunate that we can’t have it there at the Cove, but we’re still going to do our best to put on a quality show.”
“It’s always aggravating, frustrating and sad to have to move an event indoors or even to cancel an event due to weather,” Main Street Pineville Director Jacob Roan said. “Jon and I wanted to make sure that this amazing lineup stays intact for the weekend. Most festivals would have simply cancelled and foregone the entire event. Thankfully, Pine Mountain State Park and Sanctuary Sound were able to work with us to see that we are still able to hold this inaugural event. The lodge is going to be turned into an awesome concert hall. This will still be an amazing event.”
Below is the schedule of entertainers for the festival:
Chris Blake — 1 p.m.
Jordan King — 1:45 p.m.
Lauren Beeler — 2:30 p.m.
Brandon Fulson — 3:15 p.m.
Charlie Woods and Deep Hollow — 4 p.m.
Tiffany Williams — 5 p.m.
Blake Berglund/Belle Plaine — 6 p.m.
Nicholas Jamerson — 7 p.m.
Justin Wells — 8:15 p.m.
Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound — 9:30 p.m.
Dalton Mills — 11:30 a.m.
Dave Shoemaker — 12:15 p.m.
Tyler Smith and the Still Runners — 1 p.m.
John Clay — 2 p.m.
Coby Langham — 3 p.m.
Eric Bolander — 4 p.m.
Luna and the Mountain Jets —5 p.m.
John R. Miller and the Engine Lights — 6 p.m.
Josh Morningstar — 7 p.m.
The Wooks — 8:15 p.m.
John Moreland — 9:30 p.m.