The soul, R&B, and funk sounds of the B.B. King All Stars will be featured at a Fourth of July celebration being held tonight (Wednesday) in Whitesburg.
The free celebration, which will be held in the parking lot of the Parkway Plaza Shopping Center in West Whitesburg, is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at midnight. A fireworks display will take place shortly after dusk.
The All Stars normally perform as a house band at B.B. King’s Blues Clubs in Memphis and in Nashville, where they caught the eyes – and ears – of many local residents who saw them performing last December while the University of Kentucky football team was in Nashville for the Music City Bowl. The band performs cover versions of many classic favorites, adding its own brand of brassy arrangements and soulful guitar solos to each song it plays.
Mayor James Wiley Craft said all Letcher County residents are welcome to attend the event, which will also feature food booths and carriage rides. The nearby Whitesburg Municipal Swimming Pool will be open from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Wednesday with a special admission charge of only $3 per person.
“If people miss this celebration they will miss a good time not only for themselves but for every member said Monday.
Craft said he and other city officials decided to hold the celebration when reminiscing one day recently about the Independence Day celebrations that were held here during their youth.
“I can’t remember when the last one was,” said Craft. “I just think we ought to have a celebration of our independence. The best way to do that is to get together and have fun as citizens of the whole area.”
Craft said the cost of the celebration is being paid for by donations from Community Trust Bank, Whitaker Bank, Everidge Funeral Home, Whitesburg businessman Jerry Nantz, and Post 5829 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Whitesburg.
Hazard Mayor Bill Gorman has agreed to lend one of that city’s trolleys to Whitesburg to help manage traffic for the event. Craft said the trolley will be available to continuously deliver people to and from the celebration by making rounds between downtown and West Whitesburg, including the bypass, until well after the event ends.
As has become custom, the fireworks will be shot from a location on the industrial site below Pine Mountain Lumber Company, making the display easy to view from either Parkway Plaza or the area around the swimming pool.
For those who choose to visit the pool instead of the
parking lot, prizes will be given away each hour and concessions, including
grilled food, will be for sale. The pool area will be supervised by adults.
Movies are also scheduled to be shown during the night at the pool.