By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
Moonbow Nights have brought a warm glow to downtown Corbin this year, and with three folk rock bands playing on the NIBROC Park stage this Saturday night, it’ll definitely bring a shine and a kick.
The festivities begin at the park at 5 p.m.
It’s the third “Moonbow Nights” of the year, and Downtown Corbin Director Andrew Salmons said the music and fun downtown has given folks a reason to lend their ears and tap their toes.
“We’ve had two Moonbow Nights before this, and we’ve seen a steady increase in the crowds. We’re happy to have this concert series, and people really enjoy it,” he said.
Salmons added the entire night’s entertainment will come from the three folk rock bands.
“From 5:30-6:30 p.m. we have Jordan Allen and the Bellwethers. Then from 6:30-8 p.m. we have The Meadowlarks, featuring two guys and a girl, and the girl plays the washboard. And from 8-10 p.m. we have the headline act, a folk rock band out of Louisville called ‘The 23 String Band,’ and they’re great. They have a great local following, one of the guys is originally from London, and they recently played at the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, a major music festival in Kentucky.”
On their website, The 23 String Band is noted for playing “fun, fuel-injected, original Americana that dangerously weaves across the lanes of modern acoustic music — windows down, accelerator to the floor, on a joyride into the unknown with one eye on the vintage sounds in the rearview mirror. It’s a Bluegrass attack fueled by high-octane rock-n-roll energy and triple-distilled old-timey roots. Your feet hurt from dancing; your face hurts from grinning. Get ready: you’re riding shotgun!”
The band has also played this year at events including the Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington, the Lowertown Arts & Music Festival in Paducah and the John Hartford Memorial Festival in Bean Blossom, Ind.
In addition, the band has performed at venues like the Crow’s Nest in Cincinnati, The Living Room in New York City, Cervantes in Denver., and will be at the RiverMUSIC Concert Series in Asheville, N.C. next Friday, Aug. 23.
To go along with the tunes, Salmons pointed out the event will feature the folks who help add to the evening’s fun.
“The rest of the night features food vendors, and the Dixie will be there that night serving as well. We’ll have craft vendors there along with inflatables, and many merchants downtown will be open and have special promotions,” he said.
One of several events put together by the Downtown Corbin organization, the final Moonbow Nights for this year will be Saturday, Sept. 21. It will also feature the “Color Corbin 5K Run/Walk.”
Other events the organization has brought to downtown include the City Yard Sale held on the first Saturday from April to October; the Whitley County Farmers’ Market in Corbin, held on Tuesdays from 5-9 p.m., the Cumberland Valley Cruise-In, and the 2nd Annual Chili Bowl.
Upcoming Downtown Corbin events include Octoberfest on Oct. 14, the Ghost Tour on Oct. 24-26, the Christmas Open House on Nov. 24, and the Çhristmas Parade on Dec. 6.
While all the events have kept him busy, Salmons said the work on getting people back downtown has been very rewarding.
“It’s been really fun, and from a business perspective it’s been great. A key to all this is to promote what’s going on and to have regular fun activities downtown.”
For information on this Saturday’s Moonbow Nights, or other Downtown Corbin events, you can go to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/downtowncorbin.