The Stage of Stars is located on Broad Street, setup in the parking lot next to Weaver’s Hot Dogs. This stage hosts all sorts of entertainment including the festivals most popular musical performances, contests and other entertainers.
Stage of Stars 2014 Schedule
Thursday, September 25
6:00pm: Travis Wayne
7:15pm: The Springs
9:00pm: Bryan Mayer
With his towering height and powerful voice, Bryan Mayer, is making a BIG impact on the Country music scene. A North Carolina native, the 6’7” singer/songwriter began his journey in music when he was 13. The son of a US Marine Corps Colonel and a Navy nurse, while stationed in Quantico, VA, Bryan was tapped by his middle school music teacher to play the upright bass in the school band for his already impressive height of 6’1” in the 7th grade. Although Bryan enjoyed playing the bass, the lure of the front man aspect and realizing he could sing lead him to pick up the guitar. After some impromptu performances at keg parties at his house in college at ECU, Bryan ended up on the Carolina sands of Oak Island, NC. It was there that he started crafting his style and gutting it out in any bar, restaurant or party that would hire him. “Everyone would always tell me that I was gonna make it someday. Some wondered why I hadn’t already,” says Mayer. “I knew this is what I was put on earth to do.”
Friday, September 26
6:00pm: Blind Ricky
7:15pm: Borrowed Blue
Young country rock outfit Borrowed Blue encompasses the homegrown distinction of the “boy next door” and the heart of “Blue Mist” pride–emphasizing their belief in God and union. A “direct connect” to the Kentucky State motto, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall” and the Latin KY motto “Let us be grateful to God,” the quartet’s roots keep them patriotic to Kentucky past-times and tradition. Another trait of the Bluegrass state, trademarked by the boys of Borrowed Blue, is their passion for basketball and acquired taste for bourbon. Matt, Brandon, Jay and Jordan are all members of the same congregation as faithful UK fans who have developed a distinctive thirst for an age-old sporting event and indulgence.
“Our goal is to create that ‘moment.’ A moment in time that the listener may recall from the past, an in-the-now moment that they’ll remember from this day forward, or a moment to move them to buy another ticket to come out and see us again. We just want to make music that’s memorable and ‘touches’ each and every listener.” –Matt
Whether watching waves cresting the shore on a Friday evening or making an impression before a roaring crowd in a juke joint, Borrowed Blue takes the listener on a whimsical musical escape guaranteed to become a ‘moment’ to recall–yesterday, today and all of your tomorrows.
9:00pm: Trent Tomlinson
“Songs,” he says, “are one of those places where you can hear someone talking about their problems and you say, ‘I’m not alone.’ Hopefully, the reception Country Is My Rock is getting means that other people are getting something out of it too.”
After 12 years honing his craft and paying his dues — Trent’s debut album, titled Country Is My Rock, is edgy country that isn’t afraid to rock and resonates with authentic grit, raucous energy and unrestrained intensity.
Saturday, September 27
County Wide is a modern rocking country band adding their own flare to popular songs. Their original songs are destined to be on the hit list! Founded in Southeastern Kentucky, County Wide brings you a “Wide” variety of music including Old/New Country, Southern/Classic Rock, Blues, Alternative, and their very own songs. From Hank to SRV to Jason Aldean to Matchbox 20 to a few surprises, These guys do it all. If it’s been popular or is popular they play it! They also mix there own songs that are well on there way to being a radio hit! Come check out County-Wide as soon as you can. You will not be disappointed!
8:30pm: Billy Don Burns
9:00pm: Shooter Jennings with Waymore’s Outlaws
The only son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings literally spent his childhood on a tour bus. Born Waylon Albright Jennings, Shooter was playing drums by the time he was five years old and had already begun taking piano lessons, only to break them off and follow his own path to an understanding of the instrument. He discovered guitar at 14 and rock & roll (particularly Southern rock and the loose-limbed hard rock of Guns N’ Roses) at 16. Soon he moved from Nashville to L.A., where he assembled a rock band called Stargunn. Stargunn earned a strong local reputation for its live shows, and enjoyed a six- or seven-year run on the L.A. circuit before Jennings rediscovered his outlaw country roots and dissolved the band.
After a short stay in New York, where Jennings assembled material for a country project, he returned to L.A. and put together a second band — this time with solid country roots — which he named the .357s. Jennings and the band holed up in the studio, eventually emerging with a rambunctious country album called Put the O Back in Country, which was released in 2005 on Universal South Records. Following in his father’s footsteps, but with his own feisty, scrappy sense of country, Jennings placed himself in a fine position to both explore that legacy and carve out his own. A second album, Electric Rodeo (which was actually recorded before Put the O Back in Country), appeared in 2006, followed by a live set, Live at Irving Plaza, later in the year. Jennings’ third solo effort, The Wolf, was released in October 2007, featuring a cover of Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life” (whose composer, Mark Knopfler, had been a longtime family friend). He renamed his backing band Hierophant for his fourth studio album, Black Ribbons, a concept record produced by Dave Cobb. It appeared early in 2010. Later in the year, the album was re-released in a special edition entitled Black Ribbons: The Living Album. The second version was sold on a USB flash drive in the shape of a tarot card. It featured the studio record and live performances by Hierophant. In early 2011, Jennings and blogger Adam Sheets came up with the idea of creating XXX, a new radio format that would focus on insurgent country, rock, and hybrids of both, from new and established artists, that fell far outside the narrow conceits of mainstream radio and were thus ignored. It gained traction and a channel on Sirius/XM where both men served as program hosts. Shooter and pianist Erik Deutsch formed a new band, called the Triple Crown, and he became a father for the second time to Waylon Albert “Blackjack” Jennings, in April. In urgent fashion, Jennings and the Triple Crown began recording; they released the video/download-only single “Outlaw You,” his screed against the country music establishment. It reached the top spot on CMT’s daily audience request competition and stayed there until a dispute with his former label dictated it be removed. The first official single from the forthcoming album, “The Deed and the Dollar,” again reached the top spot in the daily CMT request competition. Jennings’ fifth album, Family Man, followed soon after in March of 2012 — minus “Outlaw You.”
Jennings’s next album, The Other Life, was released a year later on his own Black Country Rock label; it featured guest appearances from Patty Griffin, Scott H. Biram, and Jim Dandy of Black Oak Arkansas. The Other Live, Jennings’ second live album, recorded during his 2013 tour and featuring many of the songs from The Other Life, appeared early in 2014, again from Black Country Rock. In 2013, BCR also released an EP in which Jennings performed a dark and atmospheric reworking of “You Are My Sunshine” with Jamey Johnson and former Marilyn Manson guitarist Twiggy Ramirez that was originally recorded for the television series Sons Of Anarchy. 2014 saw the release of an EP, Don’t Wait Up (For George), a tribute to his longtime friend George Jones.
In early 2014, Shooter teamed up with Waymore’s Outlaws, Waylon Jenning’s original recording and touring band, and began touring all over the country together. Performing country classics, Waylon hits, and Shooter’s own material, the tour became an instant success and even landed a headlining spot at the 2014 CMA Fest. Shooter continues to tour with his father’s band while also producing material through his own record label, Black Country Rock.
Sunday, September 28-WYMT-TV Gospel “Egg’st
10:00- 11:00am: Morning Worship Service
1-1:15pm: Opening Sing-a-long
1:15pm: The Beelers: Family harmony at it’s best!
2:00pm: Gordon Jenson Dove award winning singer-songwriter
2:45pm: Tyson Baker the piano man
3:00pm: Fair Haven Quartet:
4:00pm: Legacy Five
Carrying on the legacy of the legendary Cathedral Quartet,
Legacy Five has established themselves as one of the premier Gospel groups in the world