LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Attendees at the 2013 GIE+EXPO (the Green Industry & Equipment Expo) and Hardscape North America will be treated to three free concerts by award-winning performers. The concerts will take place at 4th Street Live! in downtown Louisville on the Nissan Commercial stage.
Wednesday, October 23
Opening Act: Jamie Mclean Band, 7:30 p.m.
Headliner: Craig Morgan, 9 p.m.
Headlining the opening concert, Craig Morgan will perform from an impressive body of work that includes 14 Top Ten hits such as "Redneck Yacht Club," "International Harvester," "Almost Home," "That’s What I Love About Sunday" and "Tough." He’ll also sing some of the songs from his newly released album, This Ole Boy. A multi-talented performer, he also has starred in "Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors" on the Outdoor Channel. The reality show offers fans a fly-on-the-wall look at Craig’s extreme lifestyle at home, touring and in the great outdoors: hunting, aerial bow fishing, bungee jumping and skydiving.
Jamie McLean was originally a guitarist of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band before branching out on his own in 2006. He joined up with Brian Griffin on drums and Ben Mars on bass and it proved to be the right decision. The Jamie McLean Band now has five albums of true country rock, or, as they say, "downtown rock and roll, country and swampy soul."
Thursday, October 24
Opening Act: Angie Johnson, 7:30 p.m.
Headliner: Three Dog Night, 9 p.m.
Legendary music icons Three Dog Night claim some of the most astonishing chart statistics in popular music. Over a span of 40 years, the group has racked up 21 consecutive Top 40 hits including three No. 1 singles, 11 Top Tens and 12 straight RIAA-Certified Gold LPs. With their customary impeccable harmonies and exciting arrangements, they will perform fan favorites including "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)," "Joy to The World," "Black and White," "Shambala," "One," "Liar," "Celebrate" and new songs including "Heart of Blues" and an a-cappella ballad, "Prayer of the Children."
The band is made up of founding members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton on lead vocals, original band mates Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards) and Michael Allsup (guitar) and completed by Paul Kingery (bass and vocals) and Pat Bautz (drums).
Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson’s rise to fame wasn’t smooth. In fact, it was rife with confusion, false starts and dust, plenty of dust. Before a viral YouTube video caused Carson Daly to search for the unknown singer on Twitter and invite her to join The Voice, Johnson spent most of her time in fatigues. She’s been an intelligence analyst, an Air Force Band vocalist, a struggling singer/songwriter and an undergrad pursuing a doctorate in psychology. Since starring on The Voice, Johnson has signed with Sony Nashville and released her first album, "Sing for You," in May. She also continues to serve one weekend each month with the Missouri Air National Guard as a band vocalist to lift troop morale.
Friday, October 25
Opening Act: Olivia Henken, 8 p.m.
Headliner: Holly Williams, 9 p.m.
New to the GIE+EXPO stage, but not to the country music world, is Holly Williams, daughter of Hank Williams, Jr., granddaughter of Hank Williams. As one might expect from a Williams, she’s a southern girl who can belt out a country ballad, but she stays true to her own tune. Her latest album, "The Highway," is a distinctly personal record; one Williams chose to write and produce independently. A few recognizable voices can be heard on the album, including Dierks Bentley, Jakob Dylan, Jackson Browne and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Returning performer and Louisville native, Olivia Henken has been busy promoting her album, "Ride," a mix of country rock and soulful ballads, and she’s making a name for herself. This country bombshell may be a local celebrity, but she has her sights set on something bigger – her goal is to become Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year. Don’t miss the native country bombshell that delivered the rocking performance at GIE+EXPO 2012.
Nissan Commercial Vehicles, an exhibitor, is GIE+EXPO’s stage sponsor for three nights of evening entertainment.