KINGSPORT — Allandale Mansion is the place to be for comedy and concerts this month, with the first performance taking place on Thursday with actor and comedian Rich Vos.
For the fifth year in a row, the mansion is hosting its free summer concert series — “August Under the Stars at Allandale” — with four free events. The shows will take place on Aug. 1, 15, 22 and 29. There will not be a program on Aug. 8 due to the city’s final outdoor concert taking place on that day.
Food and beverages will be available beginning at 6 p.m. and the concerts start at 7 p.m. at the Allandale Amphitheater. Two food trucks, a dessert truck and beer sold by Bays Mountain Brewing Company will be available during each of the events.
In addition to the concerts, Allandale Mansion will have free drawings at intermission with prizes donated by Allandale Package Store, Cattails Golf Course, Diamond Exchange, Blakely-Mitchell and Rush Street.
Be sure to bring chairs and blankets, along with an appetite, to enjoy this year’s lineup.
Aug. 1: Rich Vos
Vos began his stand-up career in 1984, and over the past 35 years he has made more than 100 television appearances, including ones on HBO, Showtime and Starz, along with four Comedy Central specials. Vos has appeared on “Def Comedy Jam,” “Last Comic Standing,” the “Opie and Anthony” radio program, “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and has hosted the Woodstock ’99 festival. Warning: the performance is adult-oriented.
Aug. 15: Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics
Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics have made a name for themselves captivating audiences with their stirring, live performances of deep, raw funk; Stax-style Southern soul, and uplifting Motown-channeling anthems. The band has received critical acclaim from MTV, the New York Daily News, Paste and others.
Aug. 22: Benny Wilson and Ivey Road
Benny Wilson’s Facebook page describes the group as “Dirty old men playing rock n roll.” The band’s music pulses with energy and emotion, aiming to leave you with happy memories of your youth. When Benny is on stage, everyone is going to have fun.
Aug. 29: Big Daddy Love
This Winston-Salem group has played close to a thousand shows in more than half the states in the union. Their music has been described as a blend of rock, bluegrass, Southern soul and psychedelic jams, and they’ve been known to refer to themselves as “Appalachian Rock.”