2004 Dogwood Arts Festival - Fountain City Festival in the Park
2004 Dogwood Arts Festival
Fountain City Festival in the Park April 24, 2004
It was a record turnout in Fountain City Park on April 24, 2004 for the Con Hunley concert. The dogwoods were blooming and the crowd was grooving during the main musical event of the Fountain City Festival in the Park.
The day was unseasonably warm for early spring, but at least there were no rain showers. Good thing the park has plenty of big shade trees!
The Chillbillies kicked off the festivities with their signature brand of boogie-woogie rhythm and blues.
Next up, the Hunley Brothers and Ruth served up a helping of down-home country rock to the appreciative crowd.
Once Con took the stage, the fans really got into the groove. The Fountain City native wowed the hometown crowd with his music.
A special treat for fans to bring back some "Sweet Memories" - a sound clip of "Oh Girl" recorded live at the Fountain City Festival.
Hunley started off with the rollicking "Never Had It Laid On Me" followed by "Ain't No Woman Like the One I've Got." The crowd-pleasing "No Relief in Sight" was a big hit as was Vince Gill's "If You Ever Have Forever in Mind" and "Oh Girl."
Everyone seems to be having a good time, on and off stage.
These ladies in the crowd were particularly enjoying the show.
Colleen Addair, WIVK-FM radio personality, joined Con onstage for a stirring rendition of "America the Beautiful" as the spectators rose to their feet and sang along.
Besides being a WIVK DJ, Colleen created and hosts "The Country Cafe" as well as nationally syndicated "Classic Country USA" and
"Cross Country Songs of Faith." She is also a talented singer. Listen to a sound clip of the versatile Ms. Addair interviewing Con about the Dogwood Festival and other things.
A young fan from the crowd was invited onstage to sing "Amazing Grace" with Con, and the audience showed their appreciation with a big round of applause.
Con sings "Happy Birthday" to a special young lady.
Burton Akers, bass player extraordinare, hangs out in the background and lays down the beat for the band.
Con gets into it as Ken Jackson goes to town on the saxophone.
Con, Tim, Ruthie and Kenny put a little soul into it.
Con really enjoyed performing before the hometown crowd.
Now here's a pair of hard-working record label execs!
Con stayed almost two hours after the show signing autographs for happy fans.
Mike Beeler reminisces about the good ole days with Con.
Con stays till the last fan gets an autograph, a picture, or just has a chance to talk with him.