Discovery Park of America announced today they will be presenting a family-friendly summer music festival on Thursday evenings from May 2 to June 27, 2019. The event will take place around the park’s train depot and south lake and will feature local performers and bands along with bands from the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Department of Music.  A limited number of picnic tables will be provided, and guests are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs.


In addition to the live entertainment, those attending the festival will be able to enjoy catch and release fishing from the lake, a stroll through the park, food trucks, a cash bar and more.


Admission is free for DPA members or those who purchase admission to the park that day and five dollars for non-members. Revenue generated will help offset the costs of refurbishing DPA’s 1916 Ford Model-T that will go on display Fall 2019.


“The mission of DPA is to inspire children and adults to see beyond,” said Scott Williams, president and CEO of the 100,000 square-foot museum and 50-acre heritage park. “This festival is a natural progression of all the great music events that have been hosted here through the years with that mission in mind.”


Regional bands performing during the festival include: Mandy Vixen and Gas Station Chicken; Romeo and the Juliets; Keith and Steve; Kicking Keys; J.C. Clark and Linda and Jamie Jones and Jace Hargrove. Other entertainers include Jason Kizer, Katie Thorpe Tohn, Jim Bondurant, Chad Karnes and Phillip Coleman.


In a first-time collaboration, bands from the University of Tennessee at Martin will perform throughout the festival. Included will be the UTM Jazz Combo, the UTM Brazilian Choro Ensemble, Steelworks and Coffey and Carithers.


“We’re excited about the opportunity for two great local institutions, DPA and UTM, to come together to provide an opportunity for our region to celebrate some of their favorite local performers, while also having the opportunity to discover new music they haven’t heard before,” said Dr. Julie Hill, Chair, Department of Music and Faculty Evaluation Coordinator at the University of Tennessee-Martin, who has received worldwide recognition as a performer and scholar.


The 2019 Rhythm on the Rails Summer Music Festival is sponsored by Blue Bank Resort, Williams Country Sausage and The Citizens Bank.


A complete schedule for the festival can be found at