A band with deep Kentucky roots — including some right here in Pulaski County — and a collection of highly recognizable songs will come to Burnside for the 2022 “Thunder Over Burnside” event this Labor Day weekend, and the tickets are now on sale.
The two-day festivities are sponsored by the Kingsford Charcoal Company, which has a presence in the Burnside area, and represent a closing of summer fun in Pulaski County, with music, food trucks, fireworks and Moreover.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Town of Burnside has postponed its annual Independence Day fireworks display in 2020 and moved it to September. The town loved the idea so much that it’s kept it as a Labor Day-centric event ever since.
Exile headlined a number of strong musical acts that performed at this year’s event, taking the stage on Friday, September 2.
Exile has been active since 1963 and had its biggest hit with “Kiss You All Over” in 1978. Other well-known songs include “Woke Up in Love”, “I Don’t Want to Be a Memory” and “I Can’t get close enough.
Exile was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and toured with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars in its early days. The group, formerly known as The Exiles, formed in Richmond but often played in Somerset in the 1960s, local fans of popular music of the time.
Pulaski County High School alum Marlon Hargis eventually joined the band and still plays keyboards for them. In 2014, Exile performed in Somerset and received a ceremonial key to the town.
Burnside Mayor Robert Lawson is thrilled that Exile is coming to “the only town on Lake Cumberland” to perform.
“We’ve been working for some time trying to get them here,” he said. “In the community, the buzz is really going. There are a lot of people who are really excited to see them come here.”
Exile continues at 8 p.m., with Tone Control opening at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 2.
Burnside tourism manager Alison Pyles said Friday’s event was more of a concert, similar to Rhonda Vincent’s Memorial Day show last month. There will be food truck vendors and an outdoor cafe, as in the past.
The second day of “Thunder,” Saturday, Sept. 3, is more “family-oriented,” Pyles noted, with more of a festival feel. Children’s entertainment like inflatable games and magic acts will be part of the festivities, and after the bands, the sky will light up with the annual fireworks display.
Bands performing on Saturdays are Radiotronic at 6 p.m. and Walker Montgomery at 8 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with vendors and children’s area accessible.
Montgomery is part of a country music royal family – his father is John Michael Montgomery and his uncle is Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, making him another big name to come to Burnside in 2022. Walker has established his own place in the music world though, and Pyles is happy to have him on board.
“He’s an up-and-coming country artist, currently out of Nashville, but he’s a Kentucky boy from there,” she said.
Tickets are available on eventbrite.com, under “Kingsford’s Thunder Over Burnside 2022”.
VIP weekend passes covering both days are $65, with free seats, refreshments and private restrooms. Friday-only VIP tickets are $50 and Friday general admission is $25; general admission guests are welcome to bring their own chairs, blankets, or other seating for the Cole Park venue.
General admission for Saturday is $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, and VIP tickets for Saturday only are $35. Tickets are available online or for purchase at Burnside Town Hall.
“I think most people are aware of the event, so there are a lot of people expecting to come, it’s their annual Labor Day plan,” Pyles said. “I’ve also seen people excited about the guys who are quite local (Exile and Montgomery) and successful. It’s a local draw just because they’re local guys.”