Pineville entertainment expands

Published 2:15 pm Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Due to the immense success of Main Street Pineville’s Winter Concert Series, as well as the positive impact it has had on the community, the organization plans to expand the entertainment chain into the spring, with the hopes of soon providing year-long live entertainment for the area.

“We want to keep things going on in the Bell Theater year round, and give people in the area something to look forward to. We were overwhelmed by the public’s enthusiasm towards the series and are happy to continue the project,” said Main Street Pineville Director Jacob Roan.

The series was formed as a continuation of the summer’s beloved Main Street Live series, serving as a way to provide the area with high-profile live entertainment throughout the entirety of the year, as opposed to solely in the warmer months. It kicked off back in November with southern rock group The Steel Woods, and continued last Friday with a performance from Kentucky native singer-songwriter Chris Knight.

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Such close by, reasonably priced entertainment has proven to be a sensation among the community, as both shows were completely sold out ahead of time, leaving the Bell Theater packed with concert goers eager for their hometown to be graced by the presence of such prominent artists. Before now, those living in the area would generally find themselves traveling hours for such entertainment, but thanks to the series it is now — for some — literally right down the street.

“I would just like to say what an amazing job Main Street Pineville has been doing with the live performances as of late. Having quality live music in our small mountain county which rivals that of Knoxville or Lexington is absolutely amazing,” said Bell County Tourism Director Jon Grace.

The third installment of the series is scheduled to take place on Jan. 12 when singer-songwriters John Moreland and Colter Wall share the stage, bringing in the New Year with numerous rock, acoustic and Americana tunes.

Both Moreland and Wall have shown great promise in the entertainment industry, as several of Moreland’s song’s were featured on the popular television series “Sons of Anarchy” and Wall’s self-titled debut album impressively peaked at No. 2 on the US Heat chart.

While details regarding what’s in store for the upcoming months have yet to be released, Roan says that performances are already in the works for both March and April, with exact dates and artists to be revealed in the near future.

“We’ve spent a lot of time and effort upgrading the Bell Theater to become one of the most professional venues in the area for live entertainment, and we hope that it will someday become the premier entertainment venue throughout the region,” said Roan. “The collaboration between Bell County Tourism and Main Street Pineville to make this series possible has lead to what we anticipate will become a new era of tourism within the county.”

Anyone wishing to attend January’s performance should purchase their ticket as soon as possible, as it is nearly sold out. A limited number of tickets for the live event are currently available on Main Street Pineville’s website.