By Ashley Rader
The Covered Bridge Celebration will be rocking with a range of local entertainment options throughout week.
“We are going to have phenomenal entertainment this year,” said Stephanie McKinney, events and marketing coordinator for the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited to present the entertainers to the community.”
The music got under way Wednesday with the return of Gospel Night to the festival format. Headlined by Loren Harris, the taste of gospel music also included Gospel Two, the Brotherhood Quartet, East River Park Christian Church and Valley Forge Free Will Baptist.
A local group, the Bulls Eye Band, will return to the festival for Saturday’s Rock Night, with brothers Patrick Little, Mark Little and Michael Little and their cousin Steve Chambers.
“We have been coming to the Covered Bridge Celebration for many years,” Michael Little said. “We enjoy it. We get to play for our home town. We grew up about two blocks from the Covered Bridge. This is a place where our families can come and hear us play.”
The Bulls Eye Band has been together for nearly 30 years. Little said the band plays a variety of music styles but will be focusing on playing southern rock style music and music from the 1970s during the Covered Bridge Celebration.
“We have been together, the same four guys, for 28 years,” Little said. “We have been through a lot together and have stayed with each other. We want to do a good enough show that we get to come back again and do a repeat performance.”
The festival will end Saturday night with a performance by the Breakfast Club, who will be playing for the first time ever at the Covered Bridge Celebration. They are filling the slot held by the Collegians, who retired last year.
“This is a different turn for the festival this year,” McKinney said. “Both the Collegians and the Breakfast Club are phenomenal bands. We are going to take Saturday night to the 80s. Everyone can enjoy music from the 80s.”
The Breakfast Club plays covers of 1980s pop music from artists like Van Halen, AC/DC, A Flock of Seagulls, Vanilla Ice, Bon Jovi, Wham!, Cheap Trick, Men at Work, Def Leopard, Micheal Jackson, Devo and Duran Duran.
“What we try to do is evoke an authentic live 80s concert experience,” said Jerry Finley, Breakfast Club member.