Maryville's Foothills Fall Festival kicks off this weekend

Darius Rucker found his niche in country music after his success with Hootie and the Blowfish. Rucker headlines Sunday's lineup.

Darius Rucker found his niche in country music after his success with Hootie and the Blowfish. Rucker headlines Sunday's lineup.

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Maryville is known as a quieter part of East Tennessee, but for one weekend per year The Foothills Fall Festival fills the city's downtown with concerts by top acts in country and pop.

The 2012 Foothills Fall Festival, which begins today, includes headline performances by pop act Train (whose hits include "Save Me, San Francisco," "Drops of Jupiter" and "Hey, Soul Sister"), country star and Hootie and the Blowfish front man Darius Rucker (his country hits include "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," "Come Back Song" and "This") and country star Gary Allan ("Man To Man," "Tough Little Boys," "Ain't Nothing On But the Radio"). Other popular artists performing include Jerrod Niemann, Andy Grammer, Thompson Square, Brad Blackwell and The Farm.

Train will headline the Foothills Fall Festival on Saturday in a lineup that leans toward pop acts.

Train will headline the Foothills Fall Festival on Saturday in a lineup that leans toward pop acts.

In addition to music, the festival offers a children's activities area, an arts and crafts display, a community stage and food vendors.

Tickets for the entire weekend are $60, general admission, reserved seats in the first 15 rows for headline concerts are $50 (today), $100 (Saturday) and $60 (Sunday). Three-day reserved seating for rows 16-32 are $175.

Tickets are available at Knoxville Tickets outlets, 865-656-4444 and www.knoxvilletickets.com.

Foothills Fall Festival schedule

Friday: Steve Rutledge (6 p.m.), Jerrod Niemann (7 p.m.), Gary Allan (9 p.m.)

Saturday: Jesse Gregory (12:45 p.m.), Jeff Jopling Band (1:45 p.m.), Kudzu (2:45 p.m.), Bridgette Tatum (3:45 p.m.), Lauren Alaina (5:30 p.m.), Andy Grammer (7 p.m.), Train (8:30 p.m.)

Sunday: Pistol Creek Catch of the Day (2:30 p.m.), Brad Blackwell (3:45 p.m.), The Farm (5 p.m.), Thompson Square (6:15 p.m.), Darius Rucker (8 p.m.)

For more information visit www.foothillsfallfestival.com

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Comments » 1

GrandGayle writes:

The article should make it clear that the arts/crafts, community stage, and childrens' area are free.

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