113th Canton Labor Day Festival with the Oak Ridge Boys
THE OAK RIDGE BOYS SET TO APPEAR IN CANTON LABOR DAY WEEKEND SEPTEMBER 1
The 113th Canton Labor Day Festival presented by Champion Credit Union and sponsored by Ingles Markets will be headlined by The Oak Ridge Boys with a high-energy stage show that remains the heart and soul of what they do best. This night will feature classic Gospel, Country and Patriotic music.
The Oak Ridge Boys have one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. Their string of hits includes the pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Y’All Come Back Saloon and many others. They’ve scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album, plus one double platinum single, and had more than a dozen national Number One singles and over 30 Top Ten hits.
They will be performing some material from their new Lighting Rod Records album 17th Avenue Revival, produced by the critically acclaimed producer Dave Cobb. It was released on March 16, 2018. Cobb, who produces Chris Stapleton, had a special vision for the album. His vision for the group was to dig way back into their roots of gospel music, but a different kind of gospel. One that took a hard look at the early days of rock and roll, which was influenced by spiritual or black gospel.
Aaron Badgley with Spill Magazine wrote “this is a brilliant and an important album. The Oak Ridge Boys have a lot to say and they use the medium of the album to say it. 17th Avenue Revival is a revival. It is a stunning album that should not be ignored, and much like Cash’s work in his later years, this will be seen as a classic in years to come.”
The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of the Oak Ridge Boys have garnered a host of industry and fan accolades including Grammy, Dove, ACM, and CMA awards. In 2008 they were awarded the coveted Academy of Country Music Pioneer Award. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring three decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to bear on a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere.
Every time The Oak Ridge Boys step before an audience, they bring over four decades of charted singles and 50 years of tradition to bear on a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. They have one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. Their string of hits includes the pop chart-topper “Elvira,” as well as “Bobbie Sue,” “Dream On,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes,” “Fancy Free,” “Gonna Take A Lot Of River” and many others.
They’ve scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album, plus one double platinum single, and had more than a dozen national Number One singles and over 30 Top Ten hits. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of the Oak Ridge Boys have earned them the coveted Academy of Country Music Pioneer Award, Grammy, Dove, CMA, and other ACM awards as well as garnered a host of additional industry and fan accolades. October 25, 2015, The Oak Ridge Boys were honored with induction into the esteemed and elite Country Music Hall of Fame.
“I feel like I can do what I do on stage just as good now as I could 20 years ago,” says Bonsall.“ I plan to be rockin’ my tail off out there as long as I’m healthy. The people who come out, who bring their families to see us, deserve everything I’ve got.”
Bass singer Richard Sterban comments, “I think our stage show is one of the reasons for our continuity. We’re still having fun doing this. We love what we do. Getting on stage and bringing our music to people is still what we live for.”
Rounding out the bill are International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year winner – Balsam Range, southern rock star – Joe Lasher, along with performances by the talented artists – Ryan Perry Band, McKayla Reece, The Breakout Band, The Super 60’s, Keil Nathan Smith, Ol’Dirty Bathtub and Jackie Lunsford and the Carolina Band.
The Canton Labor Day Festival is a celebration of all things made in Western North Carolina. As the oldest festival of its kind in the south, Canton Labor Day honors the blue-collar workers who power our economy with their bare hands and deliver the products and services upon which we all depend. The event will also showcase artisans and farmers from Western North Carolina with the Everything Handmade or Homegrown Vendor Market, Stanberry Insurance Agency Gospel Show, Angie’s Dance Academy, Ultimate Air Dogs, Food Truck Row, Classic Car Show, and FREE bounce zone for the kids sponsored by Dutch Cove Baptist Church.
“Canton Labor Day continues to be a great event for the Town of Canton and we are honored to be a part of it again this year. The event continues to bring in visitors to experience our town and see what Canton is about. This is a great way for us to show our support and help our community.” Says Champion Credit Union CEO, Jake Robinson.
The live music will take place on Sunday, September 1st and Monday, September 2nd in downtown Canton starting at 2:00pm on Sunday and 11:00am on Monday.
Visit www.cantonlaborday.com for more information.