Libertyfest Features 5 Entertaining Acts

Monday, June 16, 2014
Libertyfest collage
Libertyfest collage

Good music, good times and good friends don’t have to stop with the final act of Riverbend.

The East Ridge Merchant’s Association and the city of East Ridge have put together an entertainment extravaganza for June 28 at the Camp Jordan Park Amphitheatre for a low price to the festival goers visiting the I-75, Exit 1 location. 

The Libertyfest III features five entertaining acts, a $1,000 first place prize for the Karaoke contest winner and fun and food for all who attend. 

Longtime ERMA member David Curd said he’s excited about the June 28 event at the popular Camp Jordan Park.

“We are looking to have a better year than we’ve had and Libertyfest is growing every year,” Mr. Curd said. “It has grown the past two years and we want people to come out and make it even bigger this year.”

ERMA member Mimi Lowery is working with the politicians who want to set up a tent at Libertyfest. 

“I can’t wait,” Ms. Lowery said. “To have a community festival and provide fun for all of East Ridge and surrounding areas is great. This is a family oriented festival that the whole family can attend.”

East Ridge Parks and Recreation Director Stump Martin said that in 2013 ERMA provided a fun party with The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Roger Alan Wade and Chris McDaniel and he agrees with Curd about Libertyfest III being bigger this year. 

Hit Shop Records recording artist Weston Burt, an Auburn graduate from Fort Payne, Ala., headlines the event that kicks off at 1 p.m. with the Karaoke contest on the Camp Jordan Amphitheatre stage and closes with a fireworks show scheduled for 10:30 p.m.

The Karaoke contest at 1 p.m. will feature contestants taking the stage to sing the song of their choice. All those interested in participating in the contest are asked to call David at 678.520-4533 to register.

Mr. Martin said ERMA and the city expect a good turnout.  “This is the third event ERMA and the city have put on together and the package of entertainers is a very good one for the money,” Mr. Martin said. “This is a good mix of talent that includes Burt, who is an up-and-coming entertainer with a bright future. It’s hard to beat five acts for $10 per person.”    

Local group Stallion takes the stage at 4:30, followed by one of the Chattanooga baby boomer’s all-time favorites, Jimmy Tawater and the River City Showcase, featuring Janella Hayes at 6 p.m.

Justin Chain, also of Fort Payne, Ala., who is an avid Alabama Crimson Tide football fan, drew raves from the judges and viewers across America who saw his performances on the popular NBC television show, “The Voice.”  Mr. Chain will take the Amphitheatre stage at 7 p.m.

His story of how he recovered from injuries suffered when his motorcycle was struck head on by a Trailblazer in 2008 to performing on the national stage is one of courage and determination. The crash caused injuries so traumatic first responders considered amputating Mr. Chain’s legs. He now has 78 screws and 13 plates in his body. He is currently working on his first album, “Real Country.” 

Chattanooga’s 2013 Country Music Artist of the Year Davey Smith and the Pearl Snap Preachers Band take the stage at 8 p.m.

Mr. Smith has received nationwide attention with Associated Press and Wall Street Journal stories about the song he wrote for New York Yankees pitcher Shawn Kelly. The song, 'These Boots Ain't Just For Show,' plays over the speakers at Yankee Stadium as the reliever comes from the bullpen to the pitcher’s mound.

Mr. Smith cut his teeth on country music with his parents singing in a bluegrass band and he was also influenced by Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. 

Mr. Burt closes out the entertainment extravaganza at 9:15 p.m.  The 27-year-old singer and songwriter is another talented Alabama entertainer, who will bring Southern rock and country to the stage. 

“There is nothing I love more than to play,” said Mr. Burt, who took a full class load while at Auburn and performed 150 dates annually. 

“I’ve been plugging away at this for years,” Mr. Burt said. “I didn’t breeze into town expecting a record deal right away, but it happened almost immediately,” he said of his signing with Hit Shop Records.

"I’ve listened to a lot of Brooks and Dunn and love music with variety,” Mr. Burt said. “If you listen to a Garth Brooks album, who is a hero of mine, he had all kinds of songs: slow, fast and mid-tempo.  I try to cover all of that on my album.”

Along with Garth, Mr. Burt cites Lynyrd Skynyrd and, of course, Alabama as influences on his music.

“The first song I ever learned was ‘Dixieland Delight,’” Mr. Burt said. “Just being from the same place as them (Alabama) made me realize that it was possible to make it. With Alabama, I saw that ‘it’ could happen.” 

In 2013 Mr. Burt hit the road on a national radio tour, promoting his debut single “Lucky Sometimes.”

When: June 28 from 1 p.m. until 10:45 pm 
Where: Camp Jordan Park Amphitheatre Stage, East Ridge, TN.
Just 10 minutes from Downtown Chattanooga.
What to expect? Top entertainment, good food and good fun!
What to bring: Wear cool clothes and bring chairs or blankets to sit on
Admission: $10 per person at the gate
How to get there: I-75, Exit 1 and follow signs to Camp Jordan Park
For more information: Call 423-463-4391

 Stump Martin


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