The US National Whitewater Center will celebrate July 4 in a big way - with a free three day concert. Songwriter Jason Isbell (formerly of Drive-By Truckers) and his band the 400 Unit (pictured above) open the Americana-leaning festival Saturday, July 2. Riley Etheridge, Jr. and Do it to Julia will support. Sunday, July 3 Langhorne Slim, who many local music fans may remember him from his lively performances opening for the Avett Brothers, headlines. Overmountain Men and Holy Ghost Tent Revival open.
For the actual summer holiday on Monday USNWC welcomes blues guitarist Anders Osborne. The New Familiars and Sol Driven Train open the show. Music begins at 4 p.m. each day with fireworks scheduled around nightfall. http://usnwc.org/2011/05/coca-cola-4th-of-july-festival/ for more information.