Livingston Live, the concert season at the town of Livingston, strikes 2015’s first chord with the May 16 concert by Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guest Steve Earle & the Dukes.
It’s the first of four concerts in a series that’s now produced by Jackson’s ardenland. Concerts are staged outdoors in a field that forms a natural amphitheater.
“We’ve got some cool stuff working right now,” promoter Arden Barnett said, although it’s too early to name additional draws.
Livingston developer David Landrum said, “We’re just growing and we wanted to bring the production and all more local.
“Our goal this year is just to really take it to even a different level. We’ve gotten it up out of the ground,” going into a fourth year of music and fifth season of its farmers market.
“We just want to really get some unique artists out there. … By bringing it local and having somebody like ardenland, who really understands this market, it’s just going to be better.” In previous years, a New Jersey production company handled the concerts by Kansas, Marshall Tucker Band, Kellie Pickler and more.
Landrum said the concert will have a day festival feel with a family slant, with gates opening at 1 p.m. and music starting at 3 p.m. and wrapping up around 8 p.m. Activities for kids will be included, and children 10 and younger get in free.
Landrum said 2015 series will also include a big concert on the night of July 3, followed by fireworks — “a real family festival, too” — and a show in October.
Barnett, who caught Tedeschi Trucks Band at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, counted the concert in the top five of hundreds of shows he’s seen. “And with Steve Earle on it? Whew!” he said, noting another artist will join the lineup, “it’s just not a done deal yet.”
Husband and wife guitarist Derek Trucks and singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi pooled talents for the band in 2010 and the 2011 studio debut “Revelator” earned a Best Blue Album Grammy and a Blues Music Award for album of the year. The live “Everybody’s Talkin'” scored another Blues Music Award, for best rock blues album. Their “Made Up Mind” entered the Billboard 200 at No. 11. The 11-member outfit features two harmony singers, a three-piece horn section, keyboards, bass and a pair of drummers.
Tickets are $30 advance, $40 at the gate. They go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday at ardenland.net, www.ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster locations.
The town of Livingston is located where Mississippi 463 and Mississippi 22 meet in Madison County. Businesses such as the The Gathering restaurant and mercantile store are open, and The County Seat restaurant is set to open there later this month.
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Last modified: August 30, 2017