Lakeside Concert Series features My New Favorites

Published 12:14 pm Monday, July 11, 2022

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JOHNSON CITY — Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series continues at the Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater featuring My New Favorites on Thursday, July 14, from 7-9 p.m.

My New Favorites feature a mix of honky-tonk and Appalachian music that is authentic enough for purists and progressive enough for folks who are ready to hear Michael Jackson or the Allman Brothers Band played on the old-time clawhammer banjo.

Led by award-winning songwriter Jeffrey Benedict, the band is danceable, fun-loving and funny. They feature top-notch fiddling from virtuoso Westley Harris, and sweet vocal harmonies from bass player supreme Amy Benedict. Jason Carpenter, a one-man-band percussionist, rounds out the sound.

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My New Favorites have been featured at Merlefest, Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots Reunion, the Blue Plum Festival and many other festivals and music venues in Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina. They have also appeared on the PBS-TV series, “Song of The Mountains.”

The free lakeside concerts offer a mix of the area’s top talent at a venue known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs to relax on the grassy hillsides, or move and groove whenever the mood strikes. The location provides easy access, free parking, concessions, and a playground.

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through July 28 at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City. There is one exception this year. The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, July 14 — My New Favorites
• Thursday, July 21 — Jesse Barry and the Jam
• Thursday, July 28 — Powershift
• Sunday, Sept. 11 — Johnson City Symphony Orchestra

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by The News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.