Union City, Tenn. — The stage is set for a full nine weeks of fantastic music and family fun as Discovery Park of America’s first Rhythm on the Rails concert series begins this Thurs., May 2, 2019 at 5 p.m.
In addition to some of West Tennessee’s hottest performers already included in the lineup for the summer series, talent from American Idol, The Voice and some other Tennessee and Kentucky favorites have been added.
Popular singer-songwriter, Clark Beckham, who grew up in White House, Tenn. and was runner up on Season 14 of American Idol, will be headlining the opening night of the series on May 2. Before Beckham takes the stage, UTM Music’s steelworks will perform, followed by Mandy Vixen and the Gas Station Chicken who are always a crowd favorite.
“The mission of Discovery Park of America is to inspire children and adults to see beyond,” said DPA president Scott Williams. “With the different styles of music we have planned for this year’s series, there will be something for everyone to enjoy along with plenty of new music to discover.”
Other additions to the lineup include: Keith Paluso from Season 15 of The Voice; Olivia Faye, a singer, songwriter and actress from Murray, KY who has found much success performing around Nashville; Cotton Clifton and the Pickers who were 2018 Tennessee Music Awards Rockabilly Artists of the Year; and singer-songwriter Phillip Coleman, one of Northwest Tennessee’s favorite performers, a SESAC songwriter of the year winner and Grammy nominee.
Additionally this year, DPA partnered with UTM Music for the first time to bring a variety of performers to the stage throughout the series.
Rhythm on the Rails will take place around DPA’s train depot and lake on the south side of the park, and guests are invited to enjoy the music from the platform of the depot or bring their blankets and lawn chairs and set up around the stage by the lake. In addition to cash bars, food trucks and wings for sale prepared by Sabin’s Café, DPA will be unveiling the all new Hobb’s Drug Store and Ice Cream Emporium which will be offering ice cream and other treats for sale.
Additionally, guests will be welcome to fish the south lake and walk along the beautifully-landscaped walking paths on Thursday evenings.
Admission is free for DPA members or museum and park visitors for that day and $5 for all others. Proceeds will go to refurbish a 1916 Ford Model T that will then be on display in DPA’s Transportation Gallery for visitors from around the world to enjoy.
Complete Rhythm on the Rails Schedule:
• May 2 UTM Music: steelworks / Mandy Vixen and Gas Station Chicken / Clark Beckham
• May 9 Molly Lovette / UTM Music: Jazz Combo / Jason Kizer
• May 16 Jargon / Coby Watts and the AC43 Band
• May 23 Brent Hinson & Matt Crosson / Rita and the Romeos
• May 30 Steve Short & Keith Brown / UTM Music: Brazilian Chord Ensemble / Keith Paluso
• June 6 Katie Thorpe Tohn with Roger Alexander & Barry Patrick / Olivia Faye
• June 13 Jim Bondurant / Chad Karnes & the Missing Fifth
• June 20 JC Clark and Linda Bryant / The Jamie Jones Band / Cotton Clifton and the Pickers
• June 27 UTM Music: Coffey and Carithers / Phillip Coleman
For more information about Rhythm on the Rails, visit discoveryparkofamerica.com/rhythm.
About Discovery Park of America
The mission of Discovery Park of America, a premier world-class museum and 50-acre heritage park located in Union City, Tennessee, is to inspire children and adults to see beyond. Included is a 100,000-square-foot museum featuring 9 interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for temporary exhibits from around the world and a 50-acre heritage park. Discovery Park of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations including its principal funder, the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation. For more information, visit DiscoveryParkofAmerica.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.