SUBHEAD: Event shifts from battle of bands to Nashville artists

IRON STATION – Nashville recording artist Chris Janson will headline the Denver Area Business Association’s free annual fireworks show June 28 at East Lincoln High School.

The entertainment will begin with local performer Dylan Riddle, followed by Bruce Hedrick, a Nashville recording artist, who will open for Janson.

Janson has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and has several songs out such as “Take it to the Bank,” “Better I Don’t,” “Hang On” and “When I’m Holding Her.”

Hedrick, who performs gospel songs for nursing homes, hospitals and hospices, recently filmed a music video for a potential chart topper, “Roses from God,” at the Rock Springs Campground.

“This could not have been possible without the help of our members and sponsorships who buy the booths,” said Tim Orrell, president of DABA and Orrells Outdoor Services. “We have had some small businesses rise up within the community to fund the show. The Caldwells, of Innovative Pest Management Inc., were instrumental in putting the deals together to get both of them here.”

Ronnie Caldwell offered to find musical entertainment that complemented the fireworks and sponsoring companies. He switched the format from a battle of the bands to three Nashville-caliber recording artists.

Presenting/corporate sponsors Cloninger Ford of Hickory, Sundrop, Denver Health and Fitness, Climatech, Dry Otter Waterproofing, Jiang Dong of North America and Lake Norman Realty made sound contributions to sponsor the music part of the event.

Abernathy Chevrolet of Lincolnton sponsors the fireworks.

The annual fireworks program has been successful for 14 years and has been free for attendance.

Gates will open for the free concert at 4 p.m. Bring blankets and sit on the lawn. No coolers allowed.

There will be food/beverage vendors, and raffle items. Proceeds go to the fireworks show.

The Denver Area Business Association takes place 4:30-9:30 p.m. June 28 at East Lincoln Middle School, 4137 N.C. 73, Iron Station. Gates open at 4 p.m.