Natchez’s 4th of July Celebration, now a two-day event, returns to The Natchez Bluff on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3, featuring Alabama, Robert Earl Keen and more.
Festival organizers in Ardenland announced on Tuesday that they were proud to bring Natchez’s July 4th celebration back to Natchez Bluff for its second big year after a massive event featuring Hank Williams Jr. headlining in 2021.
Now expanded to a two-day affair, Natchez’s 4th of July celebration will feature music from Alabama talents Robert Earl Keen, Paul Thorn, Drew Parker, Brit Taylor, Will Wesley Band and The B3. The celebration will end Sunday night with a fireworks display over the Mississippi River.
The Country Music Hall of Fame Alabama band has generated more than 40 chart-topping singles, 19 platinum or multi-platinum albums, 21 gold albums, and 12 top-10 albums, including ten that peaked at number one on the charts. of Billboard’s top country albums. After receiving an RCA recording contract in the spring of 1980, Alabama scored eight No. 1 country singles in two years with hits like “Tennessee River”, “Why Lady Why”, “Old Flame” and “Feels So Right”. Alabama continued to record, tour and release hits for the next 24 years until their farewell tour in 2004. The band returned to the stage in 2010, produced their tribute album Alabama & Friends in 2013 and has continued to tour ever since. Alabama received its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Best-selling singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen enjoyed a hugely successful 38-year career. Raised on classic rock and Willie Nelson, Keen got his start learning guitar while attending Texas A&M with none other than Lyle Lovett. Keen and Lovett formed a quick friendship and wrote “The Front Porch Song”, which appeared on Keen and Lovett’s first two albums. Away from mainstream country, Keen paved the way for American music, a genre that did not exist at the start of his career in the 80s. When the music industry officially recognized the genre for the first time in 1998, Keen was the first artist of its kind to chart on the Americana Music Chart. His songwriting spawned instant classics like “The Road Goes on Forever” and “Corpus Christi Bay.” His songwriting talents saw him inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2019. In 2021, Keen was listed in Pollstar’s Top 20 Global Concert Tours. Robert Earl Keen announced in January 2022 that he would stop touring and performing after September 2022, making Natchez’s 4th of July celebration one of the last public performances of his career.
General admission and VIP tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m. CST this Friday, April 15 on ardenland.net. There will be individual general admission passes for Saturday and Sunday, as well as general admission weekend passes. A limited number of weekend VIP passes are also available and include an exclusive viewing area in front of the stage, a private cash bar, private air-conditioned restrooms and incredible views of the Mississippi River.
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