CORBIN — On Saturday evening as the moonbow prepares to create magic over the Cumberland Falls, a sort of musical magic will happen inside Nibroc Park as a Grammy Award winning guest is scheduled to perform during August’s Moonbow Nights.
Indie-folk duo Kites will kick off the night and Grammy Award winning artist John Paul White (formerly of The Civil Wars) will close it out.
Jarfly Brewing Company will be joining other food vendors, making it an evening to remember. As the weather looks to be quite warm, Downtown Manager Aaron Sturgill suggests bringing lawn chairs and something to fan yourself with but says not to worry — shaved ice and other cool treats will be available for purchase.
If you shop regularly with the Whitley County Farmers’ Market, you might have heard the sounds of Kites, they play there often when they’re not on the road playing shows in Nashville, Richmond or other hot spots. In fact, at the farmers' market and at a local coffee shop is where Sturgill first became familiar with them.
In April 2013, the now husband and wife duo Jo Jo Stephens and Leah Hatmaker accidentally booked their first show in a coffee shop in Corbin — Kites was born. The two immediately knew they had something special.
Stephens said he and his wife were both raised to not despise small beginnings. Although the dream is to get bigger and look larger, the couple is happy and humbled playing locally and in their out-skirted Nashville rotation.
“We never want to forget the people here in southeastern Kentucky who have kept a roof over our heads,” he said.
Sturgill and his wife Misty are also big fans of the Civil Wars.
White, who was a member of the Civil Wars, grew up in tiny Loretto, Tennessee, and now lives in Florence, Alabama, not far from Muscle Shoals. He has cultivated a music career in Nashville for two decades, first as a songwriter for a major publisher, then half of The Civil Wars — a duo that won four Grammy Awards before disbanding in 2012.
White’s current album out now is titled "The Hurting Kind."
Sturgill said he expects a big crowd downtown to hear both Kites and White.
“I think the sounds are going to complement each other very well,” said Sturgill.
Moonbow Nights concert T-shirts are still available and can be purchased for only $15.