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“Boom in the Park” Music Festival to accompany Boomsday

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Labor Day in East Tennessee already comes with the biggest fireworks show in the nation that weekend, and now there’s a music festival that’s going to coincide with it.

The Boomsday folks have announced that, starting this year, Boom in the Park will serve as a “family-friendly event that takes place on Sunday, Sept. 4, at World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, TN.  Boom in the Park offers world class entertainment and a beautiful setting for watching the Boomsday fireworks, all at a very affordable price of just $25 per ticket (plus applicable fees).”

Performers for this year are a melange of classic rockers, including Lou Gramm, formerly of Foreigner; John Elefante of Kansas; Bobby Kimball of Toto; Mickey Thomas and Starship; country musician Chuck Wicks, Columbia Nashville teen recording artist Jordyn Shellhart; and country songwriters Benita Hill, Kirsti Manna and Bernie Nelson.

(On a sidenote: Is it just me, or are there a lot of Foothills Fall Festival alumni on this lineup?!? Both Chuck Wicks and Starship performed at last year’s downtown Maryville event; Kansas played in 2009; and Foreigner rocked it in 2008. And Kimball was scheduled to share the stage with Starship last year before backing out.)

Back to Boom in the Park — gates open at 1 p.m. and the music starts at 2; a 30-minute break will take place for the fireworks between 9:30 and 10 p.m., and the tunes resume until 11 with Chuck closing out the show. Tickets go on sale at 10 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, April 1), and can be purchased on the event’s website, the Boomsday site or by calling 1-800-514-3849. You can also buy them in person at Disc Exchange, 2615 Chapman Highway in Knoxville.