Goose Creek Symphony will headline the City of Whitesburg’s Independence Day celebration at River Park on July 3.
The band, considered to be one of the most original groups of its time, was created in Phoenix, Ariz. in 1968. Using fiddles, horns and other sound effects, the band with roots in Kentucky and Arizona plays a blend of rock and roll, country, jazz and folk.
The group is best known for its 1972 cover of Janis Joplin’s song, “Mercedes Benz.” The band signed to Capitol Records in 1970 and recorded three albums “Est. 1970”, “Welcome to Goose Creek,” and “Words of Earnest”. The members of the group stopped recording albums in 1976 and took a long break until they got back together in 1990, in large part because of the urging of WMMT-FM programmer Jim Webb.
Goose Creek Symphony will take the stage at 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Activities including inflatables for children, a horseshoe tournament and a cornhole tournament will begin at 1 p.m. Local bands will be playing throughout the day.