Stage of Stars 2015

The Stage of Stars is at the Parking Structure located on the corner of 5th and Broad Street. This stage hosts all sorts of entertainment including the festivals most popular musical performances, contests and other entertainers.

Stage of Stars 2015 Schedule

Thursday, September 24

6:00pm- Silhouette

This group from Southeastern, Kentucky has been rocking the stage since September 2006 when Silhouette was formed  Their influences range from Patsy Cline, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Heart, Van Halen, and Aerosmith. They strive to give you the sounds from the 70’s 80’s and today’s country, rock and pop. With three dynamic singers you get a wide variety. They might even sing an original song or two. After 7 years gigging they have became Weaver’s Hot dogs house band where you can hear the best variety of music from today’s  country, rock & pop to 80’s & 70,s rock!!

7:30pm- County Wide

A homegrown band based in Southeastern Kentucky, County Wide has a energetic show that excites and gets people on their feet.
Their variety of music including Old/New Country, Southern/Classic Rock, Blues, Alternative, and there very own songs. From Hank to SRV to Jason Aldean to Matchbox 20 to a few surprises. They have been in the studio since December and working on releasing 9 of their original songs very soon.

A homegrown band based in Southeastern Kentucky, County Wide has a energetic show that excites and gets people on their feet.Their variety of music including Old/New Country, Southern/Classic Rock, Blues, Alternative, and there very own songs. From Hank to SRV to Jason Aldean to Matchbox 20 to a few surprises. They have been in the studio since December and working on releasing 9 of their original songs very soon.

9:30pm- Gwen Sebastian By way of introduction, Gwen Sebastian’s new album may seem a bit late. She is, after all, an artist with a couple studio projects already under her belt, possessed of a large and growing fan base earned through years of touring, and the subject of a high-profile turn on a hit national television show. Giving her latest offering the self-titled distinction may seem curious at first glance, but her writing, singing and approach to recording have converged for this project in a way that defines her as never before. Thus, Gwen Sebastian is the perfect representation of Gwen Sebastian. The 15-track collection serves as an appropriate welcome for those who’ve recently discovered one of The Voice’s most successful contestants, even as it reveals a more fully-formed vision for her longtime fans.

Friday, September 25

6:00pm- Whiskey Belles “The WhiskeyBelles is not your typical Milwaukee band. Not even taking into account the band’s entirely female populace, the outfit expertly toes the line of talented original act and more than capable cover band. Its upbeat and experienced melding of country, folk and Americana proves a welcome resident to dive bars and massive outdoor festivals alike. And at the tender age of two, the trio has managed to garner growing consideration from local promoters… not to mention a few Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) awards along the way.” – Tyler Maas, Milwaukee Magazine.

7:30pm- Josh Goodlett JOSH GOODLETT: WHAT YOU SEE – AND HEAR – IS WHAT YOU GET Delivering hard-hitting and insightful Country music with a style compared to Blake Shelton, Eric Church and Kenny Chesney, Josh Goodlett is one of the most promising new performers to hit the scene in years.  As an artist who cherishes traditional hometown and family values, Goodlett writes about the things he believes in, with a little love and humor thrown in, on his upcoming debut album. A native of rural Kentucky who grew up in a musical family that stressed the value of hard work, Josh has opened for Kip Moore, Shooter Jennings, Tyler Farr and Will Hoge.  Gifted, confident and down-to-earth, he connects with his fans in a way that few artists do.  Josh leaves his audiences wanting more everywhere he goes, making a statement with his music that entertains and enlightens at the same time.  Goodlett is on his way from being an in-demand regional act to becoming an entertainer whose name will soon be mentioned in the same breath as the Country industry’s biggest stars.

9:30pm- T.G. Sheppard TG Sheppard has always had an unstoppable passion for music. This passion along with 21 number one hits and being ranked # 81 among all artists in country music has made him one of the most popular live performers on tour today. It’s only natural with a show chock full of chart topping hits like “Last Cheaters Waltz”,”I Loved ‘Em Everyone”,”Do You Wanna Go To Heaven”, and “Party Time” that TG has developed a reputation as a solid performer who delivers exactly what audiences want. All this and more combined with a steadfast dedication to entertainment has truly made him one of the great Legends in country music.

Saturday, September 26

6:00pm- Jeff Dane “I definitely feel like the song is edgy and fun in its telling of the story,” Jeff Dane says of “Apple Pie Moonshine,” his first single being released to radio on June 01, 2015. “We wanted to write a song that pushed musical boundaries in country, but also had that classic storytelling component attached to it.” He appears to have done so with Apple Pie, a song with heavy, unconventional country guitar riffs, coupled with a fun, edge of your seat story, in the spirit of Smokey and the Bandit. Meanwhile Dane’s smooth baritone voice has a neo-traditionalist feel and sound that is definitely all country.

7:30pm- Allen Lane Band We are the Allen Lane Band. A rocking country group that has been on the regional music scene for three years. We cover all ranges of country and southern rock from the early pioneers to the latest radio hits, along with our originals. We have opened for several national current country music stars like: Montgomery Gentry, Jarred Neimann, Craig Campbell, David Nail, and top country song writer Rhett Akins. Along with sharing the stage with great regional acts, entertaining crowds as big as 30,000! We are proudly endorsed by Eminence Speaker and share a passion to produce great sound.

9:30pm- Bucky Covington

Bucky Covington is that most remarkable of entertainers—a man known and loved as much for his engaging personality as for his formidable talent. The talent has shone through multiple hit singles that helped push his debut album toward gold status, and will continue to shine with the release of his sophomore album GOOD GUYS on September 11, 2012, with first week sales’ proceeds going to Help The Good Guys and the International Association of Fire Fighters. His undeniable likeability and his ability to wear his stardom as comfortably as his jeans has done the rest. Both come together on stage, where the long-haired North Carolinian with the rocker’s charisma and the country boy charm thrills old and new fans alike as he criss-crosses the country.

Sunday, September 27  Stage of Stars Gospel “Eggs-stravaganza”

2015 World Chicken Festival Gospel Egg-stravaganza! This year is the most exciting yet!

Co-Host Miss Lillian
Dollywood’s own, Miss Lilian, the Chicken Lady will be co-hosting this years World Chicken Festival Gospel Showcase bringing her unique blend of humor and warmth to the stage and through the audience. Be on your toes, Miss Lillian may have you to join her for some songs and fun! London Ky. welcomes Miss Lillian
Jordan Allen and the Bellwethers
What happens when Gospel meets bluegrass, folk, rock and roots? It is the fresh sound of a group of young guys doing what they love to do! Jordan Allen and the Bellwethers have been making a name for themselves now for several years. They return to the World Chicken Festival Gospel stage with a fresh take on old Gospel standards as well as new original songs. Appealing to young and old alike, this trio brings a new energy and passion to the stage as they sing about the One who makes it all possible. Don’t miss this exciting trio of young men as they kick off the 2015 edition of the WCF.
Mountain Faith
Mountain Faith, an awarded, accomplished bluegrass group is based in the mountains of Sylva, North Carolina. They have been singing and traveling together for 14 years.
Band members include Sam McMahan, on bass, Luke Dotson, guitar along with lead and harmony vocals, Corey Piatt on Mandolin, Summer McMahan, fiddle along with lead and harmony vocals and Brayden McMahan on banjo and harmony vocals.  Mountain Faith has a unique style that offers a variety of different genres of music. You will get a great mix of both traditional and contemporary bluegrass, classic and modern country, folk, acoustic and contemporary gospel and a little rhythm and blues!  This band leaves a fresh, pure and upbeat impression on audiences of all ages. They perform frequently at Dollywood becoming a crowd favorite over the years.  They travel the bluegrass festival circuit, running alongside bluegrass’ top bands, all over the United States and Canada.  Concert venues include civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, churches and other locations. As you get to know the members of Mountain Faith, quickly their humbleness, kindness and love of people will be evident.  They enjoy traveling and making new friends leaving lasting impressions!
Miss Lillian
Mark Bishop
Mark Bishop has one of the most distinctive voices in all of Gospel Music. He is also regarded as one of the preeminent Gospel songwriters of our generation. His songs have been recorded by several of today’s most popular Gospel Music groups. Once you have heard one of Mark’s thought-provoking songs, you’ll immediately know why Gospel Music lovers consider him one of the genre’s top singer/songwriters. Mark’s musical roots trace back to idyllic summer evenings in Kentucky, singing on the front porch with his family. It was then that the Bishop family began to form a musical foundation that would usher them to the forefront of Gospel Music. During their career, The Bishops enjoyed enormous success across all outlets, with twenty-seven national Top-40 songs, including twelve Top 5 songs and three Number 1 songs, while singing to full houses in Gospel Music venues and churches across the United States and Canada. The group received numerous awards and accolades from their fans and peers, and appeared on popular national TV programs including Nashville Now, The Grand Ole Opry, Crooke and Chase, The World Today with John Hagee, The Gaither Homecoming TV and Video series and many, many others.
Fair Haven Quartet
The host group for the Gospel Music stage is the homegrown Fair Haven Quartet. They have been singing and sharing the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and song as a quartet since 2004.  Through the years they have recorded on the Heartwarming and Riversong Labels in Nashville, Tennessee and have been a featured artist from time to time on the nationally syndicated gospel music television program The Brush Arbor Jubilee. They haves shared the Joy of Jesus at church concerts, revivals, homecomings, conventions and community events. Always a fan favorite, welcome back FHQ!
Southern Raised
You do not want to miss the Grand Finale of this year Gospel Extravaganza! ~
Southern Raised~ COMMITTED TO THE LORD, EACH OTHER AND BRINGING THEIR MUSIC TO THE PEOPLE THE OTHER SIDE OF AMAZING.” Originally trained in classical music there is something about the sound of these siblings that harkens us to the halcyon days of hawthorn-filled air perfumed with the pungency of the spring blossoms. There is a certain je ne sais quoi in the way Southern Raised sings that can easily induce tears from our eyes. Yet not all is IACONIC. They bring life with florid romping tunes or with all instruments in recess they deliver a layered harmony driven a cappella that is nothing short of breath taking. These string wielding siblings’ composition and delivery of their music has amazed audiences young and old alike with smooth refreshing harmony that reaches right into the soul. They have the ability to wake up the spirit in their songs, keeping true to the quality and yet making it their own with a fresh sound, becoming a Southern Raised trademark. There is a warmth and realness about them that draws you in, making them one of the best, most unique sounds on the scene.

Southern Raised