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Jonesborough festival secures Friday entertainment, logo

Two popular bands on the local scene will take the stage on the first night of the Jonesborough Days and Nights Festival this year.
Featuring plenty of southern rock and country music, The Twang Bangers will join forces with Spank, a band showcasing 80s classics as well as new radio hits, to perform on Friday, June 29.
“We wanted Friday to be more youthful,” said Melinda Copp, events coordinator for the Town of Jonesborough. “We’re really excited to have both The Twang Bangers and Spank performing.”
Tickets for Friday night’s musical entertainment are $5 per person.
The festival runs from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, with the concert set to begin around 7 p.m., Copp said.
Since forming in 2008, The Twang Bangers have become one of the top groups in the region while carving out a loyal audience with a unique blend of alternative southern and country music.
Their style encompasses everything from Garth Brooks and the Allman Brothers to Tom Petty and Townes Van Zandt.
The Twang Bangers include Jonesborough resident Tyler McCoy on guitar and vocals, Aaron Jackson on guitar and vocals, Brent Strange on drums, Burl Williams on bass, Clint Riddle on lead guitar and vocals, and Wes Holtsclaw on lead vocals.
Spank, meanwhile, dubs itself as the “ultimate party band.”
The group has garnered a large following while performing for the last 10 years. Members include drummer John Grayson, bassist Collin McHenry, guitarist Scott Harrell and singer Tom Mann.
Country music legend Ricky Skaggs will hold a concert on Saturday, June 30 while gospel group The Whites will perform Sunday, July 1.
Local restaurant owner George Shinn, a former NBA team owner, is bringing Skaggs and The Whites to Jonesborough for the festival through his recently formed organization, TruLight Foundation.
A member of the foundation is also responsible for the design for this year’s festival logo, one that will be printed on promotional material as well as T-shirts to be sold throughout the community.
Despite renaming the festival from “Jonesborough Days” to “Jonesborough Days and Nights” this year, the logo sticks with the former name of the festival.
According to Copp, the logo will not feature the words “and Nights” when printed on the fundraising T-shirts, however promotional posters and the like will include the additional wording.
“The logo is really a smaller version of a poster promoting the festival,” Copp explained. “I like the new look. It kind of has a new take on the festival.”
Another possible new take on the festival will be the proposed beer garden in the parking lot adjacent to the Parson’s Table on Fox Street.
Last month, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved on first reading the creation of a beer garden affiliated with the town-sponsored festival.
A final vote on the subject is expected at the May 14 BMA meeting.
Vendor applications are now being accepted for the festival, with 20 spaces being added to Main Street for additional crafters. Vendors can also apply to set up on West Main Street or at Storytelling Park for a smaller fee. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 11.
For more information on vendor applications or concert tickets, call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 753-1012.
Tickets to the Skaggs concert can be purchased at the Visitors Center or by visiting http://jonesboroughdays.thundertix.com.