14th Annual Secret City Festival Features Something for Everyone!

Charlie-Daniels-Band-503x503Oak Ridge, TN – The 14th annual Secret City Festival on June 10th and 11th is fast approaching and promises great entertainment, a WWII battle reenactment, family fun, arts and crafts, great food, historical displays, and so much more! The Secret City Festival kicks off at 11:30am on Friday, June 10th and 10:00am on June 11th with full days of fun and exciting events happening on the pavilion stage and around the festival venue.

The CHARLIE DANIELS BAND takes the stage Friday night, June 10th, for an evening of great music and energy. A ‘Country Music Hall of Fame’ 2016 Inductee, Charlie Daniels has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military; a cause that is close to his heart. With songs like “The South’s Gonna Do It Again”, “Long Haired Country Boy”, and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, The Charlie Daniels Band is a must-see concert.  Opening for The Charlie Daniels Band is the Southern Drawl Band touted as “one of the nation’s hottest emerging bands ranking top among the best live performances to come along in decades” (Lorren Cornelius-former Geffen Records Promotions).

The incomparable Grand Funk Railroad with Atlanta Rhythm Section will be “Comin to your town to help you party it down” on June 11th. The quintessential 70’s rock band, Grand Funk Railroad, will be bringing their chart topping hits including “We’re An American Band”, “Some Kind of Wonderful”, and “Shinin On” to the Saturday night stage. A fixture of the southern rock scene for more than 30 years, Atlanta Rhythm Section will be belting out their biggest hits including “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight”, “Imaginary Lover” and “Boogie Smoogie”.

• Tickets: Early Bird Rate of $22 May 1st through May 30th – $25 after May 30th and at the gate.
• Tickets purchased at www.SecretCityFestival.com or at the Oak Ridge Civic Center (1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike).
• Friday night concert sponsored by LDA Engineering and MerleFM 96.7
• Saturday night concert sponsored by UCOR and 93.1 WNOX
• Concert gate opens at 5:30pm each night
• Concerts start at 7:30pm each night

On Friday and Saturday the Pavilion Stage will be filled with free entertainment including music, dancing, and juggling. Featured this year is ACRODUNK, a basketball performance squad whose mission is to inspire audiences with variations of the slam-dunk. The squad has appeared twice on America’s Got Talent and performed worldwide. Returning this year are family favorites Stunt Jumpz, Jacobs Ladder, Oscar the Robot, ORNL Traveling Science Fair, Eurobungy, a petting zoo, water slides, laser tag, karaoke, and so much more! A special Children’s Stage will be set up on Saturday with entertainment for the younger crowd including a ventriloquist, magician and storytelling.

A WWII battle reenactment sponsored by NSPS (National Strategic Protective Services) will take place at 2pm on Saturday June 11th in A.K. Bissell Park. Step back in time and experience the sights and sounds of frontline combat during WWII and learn about the men and women who helped ensure the Allied victory that shaped the world we live in today. See the uniforms, equipment and vehicles that were part of the world’s largest conflict in action! Experience the only live firing FLAK 88 in the country. More information will be coming soon!

The Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association (ORHPA) invites you to view this year’s history displays located inside the Oak Ridge Civic Center. “Faith and Courage” is an exhibit honoring the service and heroism of U.S. Military Chaplains of WWII. This award-winning exhibit recognizes the contributions of a special group of veterans whose story is rarely told and will feature text and photographs from WWII. Also viewable will be a special display honoring William “Bill” Tewes. Bill was a Special Engineering Detachment member and an Oak Ridge resident until his passing on April 20th, 2016. Bill was recognized in Washington, D.C. at the “70th Anniversary Reunion for Manhattan Project Veterans.”

Come on out this year and have a blast at the 2016 Secret City Festival!

Presenting festival sponsors: City of Oak Ridge and CNS Y-12

For more information on activities, concerts, and to purchase concert tickets, please visit www.SecretCityFestival.com.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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