Bardstown's Live at the Park lineup announced

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By Jennifer Corbett, Landmark News Service

 Coming this year to the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre in Bardstown are a few familiar faces, as well as some new ones.

The Stephen Foster Drama Association announced the lineup for the 2014 Budweiser Live at the Park Concert Series at a kickoff luncheon Thursday.

The lineup includes a recent winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” a band that is returning for the second straight year and a group whose performance in last year’s concert series was cut short because of rain.

Johnny Warren, managing artistic director for the drama association, said the lineup includes proven crowd pleasers, up and coming artists and retro crowd favorites.

Rob Smotherman, secretary on the association’s board of trustees, echoed Warren’s statements.

“We’re extremely excited. The lineup is a good mix of familiar names who are big draws and up-and-coming artists,” he said.

During the luncheon, Warren presented a recap of the 2013 season, which included several weather-related issues.

“It was the summer of rain,” Warren said. After a moment, he knocked on wood. “Hopefully not this year. … After the winter we’ve had, we deserve an awesome summer.”

Hotel California, an Eagles tribute band, will kick off the series on Monday, June 23. Tickets are $22 in advance or $25 the day of show.

Next up on Monday, July 21, will be a two-part concert featuring Danielle Bradbery and Frankie Ballard. Bradbery, whose single “Heart of Dixie” has been topping the charts, won season four of “The Voice.” She was also the voice of the Sochi Olympics U.S. ad campaign and is fronting a Sketchers national ad campaign. Ballard’s single, “Helluva Life,” has also been topping the charts. Ballard is also scheduled to appear on “The Today Show” on April 2. Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 the day of show.

The next performer in the concert series will be The Monarchs on Monday, Aug. 4. The Monarchs were scheduled to perform in last year’s concert series, but their show was rained out. The group is returning to Bardstown to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of their hit, “Look Homeward Angel.” Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 the day of show.

Popular during the mid to late 1980s, Starship, featuring Mickey Thomas, is the next act to perform on Saturday, Aug. 23. Starship is best known for their hits “We Built This City,” “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” and “Sarah.” Tickets are $30 in advance or $33 the day of show.

Creedence Revived will close the series on Friday, Sept. 5. Tickets are $20 in advance or $23 the day of show.

Warren said the crowd response to the band last year was amazing.

“We listened to all of the requests and brought them back,” he said.

“The Stephen Foster Story” is also returning to the stage for its 56th year. The show will open June 14 and run through Aug. 16.

The show will feature unique new staging and a shorter running time, Warren said. In addition, Bronson Norris Murphy and Charlotte Campbell will reprise their roles as Stephen and Jeanie respectively for the third year in a row.

The drama association’s Salt River Electric show will be “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which will open on July 10 and continue on July 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 and Aug. 2, 7 and 9.

Warren said the show continues the drama association’s tradition of up-beat, family fun.

The Stephen Foster Festival, which will include events that celebrate Foster, music and history of Bardstown, will be held June 14.

Stephen Foster’s 188th birthday will be celebrated with a fireworks display on July 4.

Tickets are currently on sale for the shows.

Find more information, visit www.stephenfoster.com or call (502) 348-5971.