Friday, June 12
Show starts at 7 pm; doors open at 5:30pm.
The Secret City Festival and Merle FM are proud to present THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND as the Friday night concert headliner.
THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND got its start in Spartanburg, SC when Doug Gray teamed up with Tommy Caldwell and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle and Jerry Eubanks. The band borrowed the name “Marshall Tucker” from a piano tuner whose key ring they found in their old rehearsal space. In 1972, they signed with Capricorn Records, the same label that guided The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and others to national fame.
The MTB opened shows for The Allman Brothers in 1973, and the following year, they began to headline their own shows across America due to the platinum-plus sales of their debut album. They toured rigorously over the years, playing sheds, stadiums, theaters, fairs and festivals.
In the years to come, THE MARSHAL TUCKER BAND would wow critics and influence major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, and Travis Tritt with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country and gospel.
In 1980, Tommy Caldwell passed away. In 1984, Toy Caldwell, McCorkle and Riddle retired. Gray and Eubanks, with blessings from the other three, continued to record and perform as THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND. In 1993, Toy Caldwell passed away, as did McCorkle in 2007. Eubanks retired in 1996 and Gray continued on to lead the current band.
Over the years, the band has recorded twenty-two studio albums, three DVDs, three live albums and many compilations. The MTB earned seven gold and three platinum albums with Capricorn Records. In the 1990’s, they scored four hit singles on Billboards Country Chart, and one on Billboards Gospel Chart. Their music has been featured on soundtracks of movies such as Smokey and the Bandit, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, Shipwrecked, Crank 2, Don’t Mess with Zohan, Stop Loss, Swing Vote, Taking Chance and many others as well as many TV shows.
After 41 years, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND continues to play on country and classic rock radio and has never stopped touring. Today the band records on its own RAMBLIN’ RECORDS label, which is distributed by SONY by way of a joint venture with SHOUT! FACTORY. They continue to record new material and tour the country regularly to the delight of their fans, old and new.
THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND’s Doug Gray, Pat Elwood, Rick Willis, B.B. Borden, Marcus Henderson and Chris Hicks will take the stage Friday night at the Secret City Festival in Oak Ridge, TN on June 12, 2015.
Opening for The Marshall Tucker Band:
Saturday, June 13
Show starts at 7 pm; doors open at 5:30pm.
Secret City Festival organizers are gearing up for the 13th annual community celebration June 12-13 with the announcement of headline entertainment.
Legendary music icons, THREE DOG NIGHT, bring will bring its hit-filled show to Main Stage Saturday, June 13 (doors open at 5:30pm). Legacy Classic Rock Band will open for THREE DOG NIGHT. The Saturday Night concert is presented by Classic Hits 93.1 FM WNOX, UCOR and the City of Oak Ridge.
In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than THREE DOG NIGHT.
THREE DOG NIGHT’s hits wind through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio where they are heard day in and day out, in TV commercials or in major motion pictures — songs like “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”, “Joy to the World”, “Black and White”, “Shambala” and “One” serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize THREE DOG NIGHT’s continuing popularity. This Grammy-nominated band is not content resting on their legacy alone. Always working to expand their audience, THREE DOG NIGHT have embraced and been embraced by 21st century music technology. New fans buy THREE DOG NIGHT’s music on iTunes as well as at record stores. In fact, their releases from this decade alone have sold well over a million copies and the band’s continued popularity has landed “The Best of Three Dog Night : 20th Century Masters” on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for 9 of the last 12 months. Recently, Three Dog Night began adding new songs to their arsenal by releasing their first double-A sided single in nearly 25 years. The blistering performance of “Heart Of Blues” and the timely, beautiful a-cappella ballad “Prayer of the Children” are available online at iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital retailers as well as through the official band website (www.threedognight.com) and at www.facebook.com/threedognight.
THREE DOG NIGHT also pushed boundaries by recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, giving fans new and old a chance to experience their dynamic performances of the hits as well as several new songs. The project, recorded at the famous Abbey Road studios in London and released to coincide with the band’s 35th Anniversary, added exciting new orchestral arrangements to THREE DOG NIGHT’s signature sound.
THREE DOG NIGHT maintain an aggressive, year-round touring schedule of over 70 dates a year. Their well-loved hits, plus some amazing new songs are performed for audiences spanning generations, by founding members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton on lead vocals, and guitarist Michael Allsup. Paul Kingery (bass and vocals) and Pat Bautz (drums) complete the lineup.
Originally formed in 1968, the group was enormously successful from the start. Danny Hutton, who was a writer/producer at Hanna Barbera Records as well as a solo artist, met Cory Wells, lead singer of The Enemys which was the house band at the Whisky A Go-Go, while they were both touring with Sonny and Cher. The now-famous name came from a magazine article about Australian hunters in the outback who curled up with their dogs for warmth on cold nights; the coldest being “three dog nights”.
Boasting chart and sales records that are virtually unmatched in popular music, THREE DOG NIGHT had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including 3 #1 singles, 11 Top 10’s, 18 straight Top 20’s, 7 million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs. Their hits appeared on best selling charts in all genres (pop, rock and country). Their records continue to sell around the world, reaching beyond the borders of the U.S. into Japan, Canada, Holland, England, Germany, Spain and elsewhere. Tens of millions of THREE DOG NIGHT records have been sold through the years.
THREE DOG NIGHT recorded the music of the best (and mostly undiscovered) new songwriters of their time including Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton among many others. The group’s eclectic taste, combined with their ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive and appealing style, resulted in THREE DOG NIGHT dominating the charts for years.
The band toured extensively in the late ’60’s and into the 70’s, but in 1975, the non-stop concerts and hit-making took its toll. According to Cory Wells, “we just quietly backed out of the picture”. Their desire to “get away” from the hectic world of pop music was relatively short-lived however, and by 1981 they discovered that they wanted to perform again. “The old magic was still there”, noted Danny. Audiences agree.
Now, as they mark more than 40 years on the road, THREE DOG NIGHT continue to grow their fan base and develop new ways of doing business, all the while keeping up their schedule of concerts at theatres, performing arts centers, fairs, festivals, corporate events, and casinos. Since 1986, they have performed over 2,200 shows including two Super Bowls.
THREE DOG NIGHT’s 21 Top 40 Hits:
Mama Told Me (Not To Come) #1
Opening for Three Dog Night:
Tickets go on sale May 1, 2015
Regular Admission: $20 each (children under 10yrs are free with paid accompanying adult admission)
Early Bird Special: $17 each (applies to tickets purchased between May 1 and May 31)
Group Discount: $15 each (applies to groups of 10 or more)
*All tickets are General Admission and lawn seating.
Tickets can be purchased in advance –
Online: TBA By Phone: (865) 382-2857 In-Person: Oak Ridge Civic Center
All bags are subject to search prior to entry. No alcohol or food. No weapons. No Umbrellas. No Cameras or Video recording equipment (cell phones with cameras are permitted however “selfie-sticks” are not permitted).