Knoxville Concert Series at World’s Fair Park to Benefit Sunsphere Preservation

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – World’s Fair Park in Knoxville will host a four-part concert series this fall to help raise funds to preserve and maintain the iconic Sunsphere. Visit Knoxville, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Born & Raised Productions, will host “Sunsphere Sundays” in October.

The series will debut on October 10 with the Nashville-based pop-rock trio COIN. The shows will continue each Sunday with folk rockers Dawes on October 17, Brooklyn-based country artists The Lone Bellow on October 24 before the series ends on Halloween night with the eight-piece soul group St. Paul and The Broken Bones.

Show tickets will be sold individually and start at $ 10. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 10 at 10 a.m. The doors will open every Sunday at 5 p.m. with music starting at 6 p.m.

All participants will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from the past 72 hours.

The series will informally kick off the 40th anniversary celebration of the Knoxville World’s Fair in May 2022.

Viewers should “expect surprises throughout the four-part series,” according to a statement from Visit Knoxville.

“We are delighted to host this series with our state tourism partners,” said Kim Bumpas, President of Visit Knoxville. “Countless people around the world have special memories of the live concerts at World’s Fair Park. It feels good to bring the music back and do it in a way that’s safe for the artists, the viewers, and everyone involved. The fact that two of the four concerts fall on University of Tennessee home football weekends is a bonus and something we hope will encourage an extended stay for visiting fans.

A portion of all sales benefit the Sunsphere Fund. Money from the fund is used for continuous improvements to the experience on the 4th Floor Observation Deck of the Sunsphere.

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