BY SHEENA BARNETT
TUPELO – Country singer Jason Michael Carroll and Southern rock band Lucero will headline this year’s Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival.
Lucero, from Memphis, which will release its major label debut album later this year, will take the stage Friday night, June 5.
Also performing Friday are Allyria, Spunk Monkees, Drew Chapman, The House Rockers, John Milstead and Busted Screen Door.
Country star Jason Michael Carroll, who had a hit single with “Alyssa Lies,” will headline Saturday, June 6.
Other Saturday performers are Jamie Davis amp& Soul Gravy, Shagadoo, Steven Floyd amp& Shane Rowe, Kevin and Bethany Page Band, Tatum Shappley and Antioch Road.
“We wanted to have a lower ticket price but still have nationally recognized names,” said Megan Daniel, marketing program associate and event coordinator for the Downtown Main Street Association.
Ticket prices for the entertainment at the Fairpark Stage are $10 for Friday, $10 for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and $15 for Saturday after 5 p.m. Folks who buy tickets before May 31 can buy a $20 weekend pass.
Children’s tickets are $5 for 12 and under, and it’s free for children under 42 inches tall.
Daniel said it was important to festival organizers that this year’s lineup featured a variety of music and artists.
Jamie Davis amp& Soul Gravy, from Northeast Mississippi, has made a name for itself as an up-and-coming soul and country band, while Pontotoc’s Drew Chapman specializes in singer-songwriter tunes, for example.
Caroll, Saturday night’s headliner, made a name for himself with his debut album “Waitin’ in the Country” in 2006. That album spawned hits like “Livin’ Our Love Song” and “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead.”
“We wanted a young country act,” Daniel said. “He has a new CD coming out in May.”
Lucero keeps a rigorous touring schedule, and was recently signed to Universal Music Group. The band has released a host of albums on independent labels and will release its first major label record later this year.