Bouctouche is the place to kick off summer, country style, June 24 to 26 for the East Shore Country Summer Kick-Off: the largest weekend long country concert event in New Brunswick starring Joe Diffie! More than 22 bands will take the stage during the huge three day concert event featuring stars such as Ronnie Bowman and Ken Mellons as well as top Acadian music acts. All the event info is available at www.eastshorepromo.com. The event is for 19 years +.
Organisers are exited and say tickets are going fast for the first annual event. “Were very proud to organise the first annual East Shore Summer Country Kick-Off in Bouctouche, says Charles Hébert, President of East Shore Promotions. It’s going to be an awesome three day show with Nashville stars and great local artists and Acadian bands.”
An all star country, Acadian, and bluegrass line-up
Friday June 24 is Country day featuring Joe Diffie. Also taking the stage are Rick Reese & Neon Highway, Melanie D, Ivan Daigle, Scott & Gerald Delhunty, Ken Mellons, Lee Marlow, and Brian Mallery. The show starts at 5 pm. Tickets for the Friday event is $50.
Saturday June 25 will make room for Acadian and bluegrass music featuring Ronnie Bowman & Ken Mellons. The day will start at 2 pm with Acadians acts: Raymond Savoie, Serge Leblanc, Marc Babin & Maurice Belliveau. Ken Mellons will perform at 5:30 pm and acclaimed Bluegrass singer Ronnie Bowman will take the stage at 7 pm. At 9 pm the Acadian party kicks off with Tradition followed by Laurie Leblanc and the evening will end with one of the top Acadian bands in the province, Réveil. All-day tickets for Saturday are $30 and $20 after 9 pm.
Sunday June 26 is an all bluegrass day starting at noon with Grass Kickers followed by Back Roads, True Blue, Jean-Marc Doiron and. At 7 pm, it’ll be a second chance to hear bluegrass star Ronnie Bowman for his second set of the weekend. Tickets for Sunday are $15.
Tickets are on sale at Frank’s music in Moncton, Chez Joane Video in Bouctouche and at Higho Music in Saint-Antoine and at La tavarne a Joe in Bouctouche. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.eastshorepromo.com or by phone 1-866-943-8849. Early birds weekend passes are available until June 15th at $55. After June 15th, weekend passes are $65.
How to get there
The venue location is at 70, Renaud Road in Sainte-Anne-De-Kent in New Brunswick. Directions are on the concert web site.
JOE DIFFIE: When you hear Joe Diffie sing, you can feel the honesty in his words. Since he first topped the charts in 1990 with Home, Joe has remained on a steady course, staying true to his Oklahoma roots and delivering hit after hit totaling twelve #1’s, twenty top 10’s and four gold and platinum albums. In addition to the numerous hits he kept for himself, Joe’s songs have been recorded by Holly Dunn, Tim McGraw, Tracy Lawrence, Conway Twitty, and Doug Stone. If you’ve ever been to a Joe Diffie concert, you don’t need to be told what an energetic, hit-filled show he delivers. Vern Gosdin once described Joe Diffie as “the man with the golden voice.” He’s won a Grammy, CMA Awards, and been honored as Humanitarian of the Year by the Country Music Broadcasters. He’s a member of the Grand Ole Opry, recorded with George Jones, and toured the country numerous times (www.joediffie.com).
RONNIE BOWMAN: Starting in a family band playing churches in North Carolina and Virginia, Ronnie Bowman eventually joined the acclaimed Bluegrass band The Lost & Found and shortly after he joined The Lonesome River Band. It wasn’t long before Ronnie Bowman became a household name in the Bluegrass community. With the release of an additional four albums as a member of the Lonesome River Band, Ronnie also recorded four solo projects. He has been awarded IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year three times, has twice earned the IBMA song of the Year award. As a songwriter Ronnie has earned a great deal of respect not only among Bluegrass professionals, but also in Country Music. Ronnie Bowman has achieved remarkable heights in his musical career as an award-winning Bluegrass songwriter and vocalist, and a respected, successful writer in Country music. Continuing to play the festivals that endear him to the music he loves remains an important focal point for him (www.ronniebowman.com).
KEN MELLONS: Born in Kingsport, TN, Ken Mellons’ musical experiences as a child ran rich with the sound of the Appalachian Mountains. Ken signed his first record deal in 1992 with Sony Music and sold over 500,000 copies of his debut album, which boasted the radio hits “Jukebox Junkie,” and “I Can Bring Her Back.” Though his commercial success is in the country music field, he can be found on any given day sitting in his living room singing a Larry Sparks song with his Martin guitar. Lately things have come full circle for the boy from Kingsport. He recently finished his first bluegrass album entitled “Rural Route ” with an all-star bluegrass line-up which reads like a who’s who of bluegrass hierarchy (www.kenmellons.net).
East Shore Promotions
East Shore Promotions is Atlantic Canada’s Premiere Special Event Planning, Management & Entertainment Booking Agency. With over 34 years of experience in the entertainment industry specializing in live concert events we offer the attention to detail, organization and expertise to insure your event runs smoothly (www.eastshorepromo.com).