Main Street Pineville, Bell County Tourism, and Pine Mountain State Resort Park have teamed up to announce the conception of Bell County’s first ever music festival: The Laurel Cove Music Festival. The event will take place at the iconic Laurel Cove Amphitheater in Pine Mountain State Resort Park, just south of Pineville, KY on June 7th and 8th. The festival will feature a great mix of local, regional, and national artists.
Headlining Friday night will be Cincinnati based Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound. One of the fastest rising artists in the country scene, Arlo’s spellbinding voice and heart-felt lyrics pack a punch that leave the audience hanging on to every note. Friday will also feature other incredible acts such as Justin Wells, Nicholas Jamerson and the Morning Jays, Blake Berglund, Tiffany Williams, Brandon Fulson, and Lauren Beeler.
Saturday’s headliner will feature Kentucky-born-and-Oklahoma-raised folk savant John Moreland. John is well known for being an exceptional word-smith and a songwriter’s songwriter. His lyrics are often cryptic, but at the same time are able to weave themselves into the listeners own personal experiences, which is the true testament of how to master the craft of writing exceptional songs. His performances are mesmerizing, and seeing him in this setting will be a truly unique experience. Rounding out Saturday’s bill will be The Wooks, John R Miller and the Engine Lights, Eric Bolander Trio, Coby Langham, Luna and the Mountain Jets, John Clay, Tyler Smith and the Still Runners, Dave Shoemaker and Dalton Mills.
Laurel Cove Amphitheater is an incredible music venue. Seating just shy of 1,000 people, this venue is best known as the location of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Queen’s Coronation. It’s been under-utilized as a concert venue in the past, but we are going to change that with the inaugural Laurel Cove Music Festival. The combination of having a towering rock cliff behind the performers, a pond between the bands and the audience, and being located in a bowl-shaped hollow give the venue unparalleled acoustics for an outdoor venue. Visitors will be in awe of the old growth hemlock, along with mountain laurel and rhododendrons (which should be in bloom). There is ample parking, and we will have food and drinks on site, as well as other craft vendors. Pine Mountain State Resort Park is also putting together some other events in conjunction with the music festival which will be revealed soon.
Pine Mountain State Resort Park is Kentucky’s oldest state park and it’s most beautiful (we may be a little biased). Besides having an awe-inspiring lodge with full restaurant and bar, cabins and rooms for rent, a pool and mini golf course on site, there are also opportunities for kayaking, fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and so much more within mere minutes of Laurel Cove (and actually, most are right beside the venue!). The views along the roads at Pine Mountain are absolutely jaw-dropping. Some great points of interest are Chain Rock Overlook, Honeymoon Falls, and Hemlock Branch. You can find information about Pine Mountain State Resort Park at https://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/pine-mountain/. Rooms and cabins will fill quickly, but don’t worry…there are also hotels in Middlesboro just minutes away from the concert venue.
It’s going to be an incredible weekend in the hills of southeast Kentucky. Come check out an incredible line up in one of the most beautiful outdoor venues in the entire Commonwealth. Ticket information will be available soon at www.bellcountytourism.com (you can also find other area info there as well, such as local lodging and restaurants). Make sure to also visit www.facebook.com/LaurelCoveMusicFestival for updates.
Guest contributor, Jon Grace, currently serves as Tourism Director with the Bell County Tourism in Kentucky. Jon helps organize the Middlesboro Levitt AMP concert series, providing musical entertainment across multiple genres. In his free time, he enjoys attending concerts with his wife, as well as entertain others with his Audio Outlaws broadcast every Monday from 8-10pm on WRIL. The broadcast features outlaw and classic country, Americana, bluegrass, southern rock and and blues. Jon has contributed several stories to Kentucky Country Music to help highlight the best festivals, concerts, albums, and adventures from here in Kentucky.