Annual Blue Plum Festival in Johnson
City, Tennessee set another attendance record on June 2 and 3 with an
estimated 55,000 attendees on Saturday after storms played havoc with Friday's activities. Shown here are some photos of the
event as well as articles and additional photos from the Johnson City
Press. The Festival includes a variety of bluegrass,
rock, and acoustic musicians and no admission is charged to the events.
It is basically a community celebration, street fair, and open-air concert
rolled into one. The Main Stage sits in front of the main line of the
Southern Railway through Downtown Johnson City and the visual and audio
experience of a train forming an active backdrop for a bluegrass jam is
something to behold. Railroad Earth headlined the Saturday evening performances with special effects provided by the Norfolk-Southern Railroad. Hear the Railroad Earth Concert at Blue Plum at this link.
The historic Fountain
Square setting has been used for open-air concerts for generations
in Johnson City. Many legendary Old-Time Music performers including Jimmie Rodgers and Blind Lemon Jefferson performed here during the start of their careers. One block away the historic 1920s Johnson City Sessions, pioneering Appalachian music recordings by Columbia Records took place.
Here are Johnson City Press articles from June 4
and June 5 document activities of the 2006
The photos below also include Dave Price and the CBS Early Show rolling into Johnson City on June 9, 2006.
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