KINGSPORT — Can you think of a better place to listen to live music than in the great outdoors?
At least, that’s the opinion of Bays Mountain Park. Whether you agree or not, you’ll get the chance to decide for yourself when an award-winning bluegrass band comes to the park next month for a live performance.
Bays Mountain Park is hosting Monroeville for a special one-day-only concert on April 20. The performance begins at 1 p.m. at the park’s amphitheater and tickets are only $5 each. You can only purchase tickets online at eventbrite.com by searching “Monroeville.” A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold.
This will be the second time Monroeville has performed at Bays Mountain Park.
“They came last year and performed at the pavilion at Lily Pad Cove and it went well,” said Rob Cole, manager of Bays Mountain Park. “We’re pretty excited to have them back and if the weather cooperates, we’ll have another good evening out there.”
Bays Mountain Park used to host musicians and theater groups on a fairly consistent basis — 20 years ago, Cole said, adding that he would love to see the park go back to hosting these types of events on a more regular basis.
“Because of the weather and other things, these (events) went away. I’d love to see them come back,” Cole said.
While Monroeville’s style is based in bluegrass, the band members’ expert musicianship lets them experiment with other genres to keep their sound fresh. They’re not afraid to improvise while playing live, which makes each concert experience with Monroeville an exciting one.
Monroeville is led by Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer Matt Munsey and features multi-instrumentalists and vocalists from diverse backgrounds. Monroeville has been active for eight years and won the 2012 Momentum Band of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Their most recent album, 2016’s “Worlds Apart,” is available to stream on Spotify.
To learn more about Monroeville, visit monroevilleband.com. For more information on Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium, visit baysmountain.com or call (423)-229-9447.