Pound, Virginia native and rising Nashville star Kaitlyn Baker headlines the first Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 at the Mountain Heritage Village stage in downtown Whitesburg.
Baker’s debut single “Burn” charted on Music Row’s Breakout Chart in 2015 and inspired the creation of Kaitlyn Baker’s BURN Sauce, a hot sauce produced by Pepper Palace in Sevierville, Tenn. Her follow up singles “Coal Train” and “To Pieces” garnered national attention on music industry charts and media outlets. Her self-penned “Heart of Appalachia” song was adopted as the official theme song of the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority, a nonprofit organization that promotes tourism in southwest Virginia.
Baker has performed coast to coast, and has opened for Brad Paisley, Craig Morgan, Brett Eldredge, Travis Tritt, Billy Currington, Chase Bryant, Rhonda Vincent, Jim Lauderdale and many others.
Notable appearances by Baker include Country Jam Colorado, the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Young Artist Awards in Los Angeles, California, Findlay Market – Cincinnati Reds Opening Day parade, the famous Tootsie’s in downtown Nashville, the House of Blues in Los Angeles, and “Song of the Mountains,” a nationally syndicated public television concert series.
Harlan County’s Tyler Smith and the Still Runners open the concert at 6 p.m. and the Whitesburg Farmers Market opens adjacent to the stage at 5 p.m.
The Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series is ten concerts each Thursday from May 30 through August 8. Each show is free and family friendly. Music lovers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to the shows. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase at each show.
Sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation and presented by Appalachian Regional Healthcare, the series will feature a diverse lineup of regional, national and international talent spanning genres from country to jazz to blues to classical. Partnering with the Cowan Community Center to present the Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series are the City of Whitesburg, the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee, Whitesburg Farmers Market and Appalshop. Major sponsors for the Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series are Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Double Kwik Stores, Appalachian Impact Fund, and the Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation
Last December, Whitesburg was named one of 18 small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to win a Levitt AMP Grant Award of $25K in matching funds to present a free concert series at the Mountain Heritage Village in 2019.
Visit http://levittamp.org/whitesburg for a full schedule of concerts, directions and information on parking and wheelchair accessibility.