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courtesy of Jonelle Sigmon Public Information Officer City of Morganton

TGIF Summer Music Series Is Back In Morganton, Artists Announced

The summer stage is set on the Historic Burke County Courthouse Amphitheater Stage for a high energy TGIF Season! Twelve bands encompassing a variety of genres, will hit the stage every Friday night May-July (except for July 5th). Audiences can expect to boogie down to sounds ranging from Appalachian Keltic, New Orleans Grass, old and new R&B, groovy 70’s and rock and roll with a Latin edge. A variety of delicious food vendors, local breweries and the TGIF beer and wine tent open at 6pm. The Sunshine Photo Bus will join again in the fun festivities, parking on the corner of North Green and East Meeting Street. Bands will light up the stage at 7pm and will keep you on your feet until the show ends at 10pm.

Come on out to the FREE concerts and bring your chairs, blankets, families and friends to create summer time memories. Make sure you stop to say hi and take a selfie with Gus the Groundhog as he makes special appearances throughout the season!

The following are the dates and bands for the 2024 TGIF Concert Series.
• 5/3 – Soul Watt – Rock, Pop, Dance
• 5/10 – Envision– Variety
• 5/17 – Sunset Strip – 80’s Hair Cover Band
• 5/24 – The Alligators – Classic Rock & Blues
• 5/31 – Smitty & The Jumpstarters – West Coast Swing, Rock & Roll
• 6/7 – Petty Rewind – Tom Petty Tribute Band
• 6/14 – Cane + Cancino – Rock and Roll, with a Latin edge
• 6/21 – Al J + Friends Band – Old & New R&B, Beach Music, Motown
• 6/28 – Sidecar Honey – Indie, Americana, Rock
• 7/12 – Tuatha Dea – Appalachian Keltic
• 7/19 – Hustle Souls – Retro Soul, New Orleans Grass, Americana
• 7/26 – Groove Machine – Classic 70’s

Main Street Manager Makenzie Hamrick said, “Having never experienced the TGIF summer concerts before, I am excited to see the stage light up, the square fill up, and all of the people enjoying the amazing lineup. I can’t wait to see what I’ve been missing out on!”

Community Events Coordinator Kasey Goodfellow said, “I can’t wait to hear these bands! Each has their own creative sound, energy and stage presence and I know that individually they are going to come together to make this season one for the books. I’m always overjoyed to see our community come out to cheer for the bands, visit with one another and dance the night away!”

Sponsors for TGIF include Case Farms, City of Morganton Electric Department, Gwen Services, Morganton Eye Physicians, UNC Health Blue Ridge, United Beverages, Morganton Downtown Development Association, CoMPAS X-Stream, Pepsi, KICKS 103.3, The News Herald and The Paper. There is still one spot left to be a sponsor for TGIF! For those who may be interested, please call 828-438-5280 or email info@downtownmorganton.com by April 12th for more information.

We want to give a few reminders of how you can help make TGIF the best it can be:
– Please keep your pets at home
– Please do not bring personal coolers
– No amplified sound
– No weapons
We can’t wait to see our community come together to fill the square and dance to the tunes of TGIF!