Racks by the Tracks is this weekend and with over 15,000 people attending the festival each year, it has become one of the most popular events in the Tri-Cities as it enters its 12th year.
This year, Racks expands from a one-day event to two days: Friday May 17th and Saturday May 18th.
On Saturday May 18th Racks will have a wide range of events featuring the all-day concert lineup, 20 of the regions best BBQ vendors, SPF 10k & 5k Road Races, Beer & Wine Tasting Events, and more.
ALL DAY CONCERTS
Saturday’s all-day ticketed Honda Kingsport Concert Series will feature The Breakfast Club and “The Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute!”. The Breakfast Club is the longest running, most recognized ’80’s tribute band in the United States. “The Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute!” featuring Shawn Gerhard has opened for Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw and is rated the #1 Garth Brooks tribute artist and includes Garth Brook’s keyboard player. Also performing on Saturday are the popular jam band Doctor Ocular and blues & soul group Jake Quillin Band.
This year’s Wine Tasting Event will see its largest expansion since its inception. Previously, the Wine Tasting featured wines from one winery, whereas this year the tasting features 10 different wineries, which include Dark Horse, Apothic Wines, Dogliotti, Childress Vineyards, Barefoot Wine, Prophecy Wines, and more, for a total of over 20 different wines & sangrias to sample. There will be a wide range of flavors from dry to sweet, with a variety of reds, whites, and pinks.
Festival organizer James Phillips said, “The biggest change you will notice on the Saturday of the festival is the expanded Wine Tasting. We have put a lot of effort this year into giving the people what they want, a wide selection of wine brands and types. Plus, we have put a big focus on featuring some really great summer wines and a few that attendees will be able to try at Racks before they can buy it in the store”
Operating just like the beer tasting, each ticket will get attendees a commemorative wine tasting glass and access into the all-day concert. The wine tasting event is in the same area as the beer tasting event, so friends and families can spend time together while having tickets to different tastings.
CRAFT BEER TASTING
As the region’s original craft beer tasting event, Racks will again bring some of the best craft beer selections to the Tri-Cities. Part of what makes the Racks beer tasting so unique and fun is that the festival draws brewery representatives on-site who have never been to East Tennessee. In addition, being one of the top craft beer tasting events in the south, breweries plan months in advance to debut new & one-time only beer recipes at Racks’ well-attended beer tasting event.
In addition, there will be a wide slate of local breweries along with beers from all over the world. In total, there will be over 80 craft beers, including gluten-free & ciders, to sample throughout the day. Plus, making their debut at any Craft Beer Tasting Festival will be the newest Tri-Cities brewery, Bays Mountain Brewing Company.
BEER, WINE & CONCERT COMBO TICKET
Back by popular demand, is the all-inclusive combo ticket that gives an attendee access to both the Craft Beer Tasting Event and the Wine Tasting Event and concerts at a discount.
If you’re coming from out of town or just looking for a weekend staycation Racks also offers hotel packages that include FREE transportation to and from the festival. The hotel packages are at Meadowview Marriott with the special discounted rate available only through www.RacksByTheTracks.com.
10K & 5K RACE/WALK
Returning for it’s 7th year is the SPF 10K and 5K Race/Walk presented by Powell Valley National Bank. The race averages 650 runners per year. Along with the fun environment, one of the appealing draws of the SPF race is that its course is considered the fastest course in the region due to how consistently flat it is.
2018’s course was the fastest and most popular course based on feedback from runners and that course will stay the same in 2019.
For runners seeking a challenging & unique test of stamina, they can sign-up for the Boss Hog Challenge, in which they run in both the 10K & 5K races and receive a limited-edition Boss Hog Challenger t-shirt for participating.
Awards are given for numerous age groups. Race registrants receive a commemorative t-shirt along with complimentary entrance into the all-day concerts. Registration for all races are available at www.FastestRace.com.
Friday night will feature a free concert by country star Aaron Tippin, one of the most popular country acts of the 1990s. With 10 studio albums and over 30 charted singles like “Kiss This“, “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio,” “Working Man’s Ph.D.,” and “You’ve Got to Stand for Something.“, Tippin will take the stage at 8:30pm and draw thousands of attendees from across the region for this rare opportunity to see him perform at no cost.
While the Friday night concert is free, attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item which will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. Anyone who donates a food item will be entered to win a prize pack and a meet and greet with the artist.
On Friday evening will be the Spring WING Fling, sponsored by Eastman Credit Union. This ticketed event allows attendees to sample wings from many of the Tri-Cities’ most popular restaurants.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY EVENTS
On both Friday and Saturday Racks will feature over 20 barbeque vendors as well as non-bbq food vendors.
Fun for the whole family, Racks by the Tracks will feature one of the largest Kid’s Stations in the region, featuring a large permanent playground, the Downtown Kingsport Carousel will be open, face painting, and more.
On both Friday and Saturday Racks encourages everyone to head over to the Official Racks by the Tracks After Party Hosted by Kingsport Macado’s. Friday night will feature live music by Night Moves and Saturday will be karaoke all night with drink & food specials.
The family-friendly festival kicks off on Friday May 17th at 5pm with the Spring Wing Fling and ends at 10pm after the Aaron Tippin concert. On Saturday Racks opens for lunch at noon and lasts until 10pm. The craft beer & wine tasting events are from 2-7pm. The 10K begins at 9am and the 5K begins at 10:30am. The ticketed music concert is from noon to 10pm.
All ticket types can be purchased at www.RacksByTheTracks.com or any Food City location.
In 11 years the festival has generated over $100,000 for local non-profits.
This year’s proceeds benefit several non-profit organizations including Relay for Life, Rotary Clubs of America, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Girls Inc. and Boys and Girls Club of America, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and more.
The festival is sponsored by Food City, Honda Kingsport, Bristol Broadcasting (96.9 WXBQ), Libation Station & Plaza Package, YeeHaw Brewing, Miller Lite, Friendship Motorsports, AccuForce, Eastman Chemical Co., Sapporo Beer, Kingsport Macado’s, Visit Kingsport, Powell Valley National Bank, Ballad Health, Action Rentals, Barberitos of Kingsport, WCYB and VIP Seen.
Friday 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. ~ Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
The 2019 music lineup at Racks by the Tracks will feature 2 days of exciting music. Friday night’s concert will feature country star, Aaron Tippin. Then on Saturday, enjoy an all-day music lineup featuring The Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute, the longest running 80’s tribute band in America; The Breakfast Club, with support from Doctor Ocular and Jake Quillin Band.
On Saturday, tickets are required to access the concert. Concert Tickets start at $10. Tickets are good all day. Beer & Wine Tasting event tickets include access to the concert.
AARON TIPPIN – COUNTRY STAR
Celebrating over 25 years as a country artist, Aaron Tippin has left his mark as one of country’s biggest stars. Ten studio albums. 34 chart singles. Multiple #1 singles.
Labeled the “Hardest workin’ man in country music” Aaron Tippin’s traditional sound and focus on working-class themes made him one of the most popular acts of the 1990s. Tippin’s major career hits include “Kiss This,” “My Blue Angel,” “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio,” “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly,” “Working Man’s Ph.D.,” and “You’ve Got to Stand for Something.”
THE BREAKFAST CLUB – 80’S TRIBUTE BAND
The Breakfast Club is the longest running, most recognized ’80’s tribute band in the United States. Formed in 1993, the group was the first of its kind. The mission was simple: create an entertainment group that embodied the enigmatic, creative, and buoyant spirit of music and live performances of the original MTV generation of the 1980’s.
The guys of The Breakfast Club have shared the stage with numerous music legends, including, Whitesnake, The Romantics, Poison, Drivin’n’Cryin’, Hootie and The Blowfish, White Lion, The Smithereens, Edwin McCain, and many others.
THE ULTIMATE GARTH BROOKS TRIBUTE
Shawn Gerhard – Shawn is said to be the world’s #1 Garth Brooks Tribute artist that is touring today. Shawn and his band are paying homage to the #1 selling artist of all time (Garth Brooks) Shawn has opened up for over 27 stars in his music career, and is no rookie to the main stage! When Shawn Takes the stage you will see why he is said to be #1 at emulating Garth Brooks. From ” Much Too Young ” to ” Fever ” you will get a true glimpse of a true Garth Brooks Concert.
JAKE QUILLIN – BLUES
Jake Quillin is a blues guitarist and soul singer from Johnson City, Tennessee. His music takes the mind to a place immortalized by the greats of blues, rock, and soul music.
DOCTOR OCULAR – PSYCHEDELIC ROCK
Blending synth and guitar with drum and bass, Doctor Ocular sets original melodies and arrangements of covers with vibes from jamtronica, acid jazz, synth-pop,and roots-rock. Since their inception, DocOc has trekked throughout the Southeast and Midwest, spreading the word of their very own brand of psychedelic rock.