Hope for the best, and plan for the worst. That's the motto organizers are embracing for the grand finale of the 2003 Dogwood Park's Summer Concert Series this Sunday.
This show featuring John Carter Cash and John McEuen is still planned to take place at summer concert series' regular location at the Ginny Kidwell Amphitheater at Dogwood Park.
However, in the event of forecasted rain, organizers say the event will be moved to the Behan Arena Theatre, which is located downstairs in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts building on the Tusculum college campus.
Rain forced a two-week postponement and a change of venue of last month's country concert, featuring The Fugitives, Warren & Fuller and Step Cousins.
"We're certainly hoping for clear skies (this Sunday)," said John Brown, a prominent local musician and the concert series coordinator.
"But this is a really special show that can't be repeated, and we don't want rain to shut us down," Brown added.
John Carter Cash, the son of the late Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash; John McEuen, a co-founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, plus several special guests are scheduled to perform at this Sunday's show.
The concert will be part of the musicians' "Will the Circle be Unbroken?" Tour.
There will also be fireworks, courtesy of the Creamy Cup, and a host of local food vendors who will offer concert patrons the chance to enjoy food grown in the local area.
If the weather cooperates, the performance will take place at the Ginny Kidwell amphitheater, at Dogwood Park, behind Tusculum View Elementary School, located at 1725 Lafayette Street.
In case of rain, the show will be moved to the Behan Area Theatre, which is located downstairs in the Annie Hogan Byrd fine arts building on the Tusculum college campus, on Shiloh Road.
Theatre seating is limited.
The Greeneville Farmers' Market will be on hand to sell food to hungry concert-goers, along with other food vendors who will offer everything from barbecue pork to cheese and apples.
All of the vendors at the concert will use locally produced ingredients in the foods they prepare.
Concert attendees will have the chance to learn the names of the farms and farmers which provided the food on their plates.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
McEuen is a co-founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, while Cash is the only son of Johnny and June Carter Cash, and the grandson of the legendary Maybelle "Ma" Carter.
"More than a concert, this show will tell the story of some defining moments in country music history using never-before-seen images and storytelling," organizers say in a news release.
"Songs in a range of musical styles such as bluegrass, country, and gospel will be performed, many of them made famous by the Carter Family, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the landmark album, 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken?'" the release says.
Rural Resources, a Greeneville-based nonprofit, has spent 20 years promoting the benefits of locally produced food for the environment, the economy, and family health.
Leaders of Rural Resources feel that a concert with fantastic performers such as McEuen and Cash is "a perfect place to connect people with their local farmers," the release says.
"This performance really celebrates country music's heritage," says Rural Resources Board Chair Joyce Doughty.
"The Carter Family were born and raised in Southwest Virginia, not far from here at all," Doughty said.
"They got their start in Bristol, and a lot of their bluegrass and gospel songs come from old farming communities in this area. The farming heritage in this region is really woven into a lot of those musical traditions," she said.
"For generations, great music and great food have come from our soil. It makes sense for people to experience both at the same time," Doughty added.
Along with support from Rural Resources, this concert is sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the East Tennessee Foundation as well as Tri City Beverage, the City of Greeneville, Greeneville Department of Parks and Recreation. Graysburg Hills Farm, Snapps Ferry Packing, and Popcorn Video.
Dozens of volunteers also work hard to make this free event possible.
For additional information, please contact Lisa Fisher, Greeneville Parks Special Events coordinator, at 638-3143.