‘Late Night Jam’ Added to Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

The distinctive sounds of banjos, fiddles, mandolins and dobros will bring the old Sevier County Bank building to life in a new and exciting way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass. The bank’s vault will be rockin’ well into the night and early morning hours as four-time national banjo champion, Gary “Biscuit” Davis hosts ‘Late Night Jam,’ an open jam session that will take place on Friday, May 16 from 10 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.

“We’re adding five more hours of bluegrass and asking festival attendees to join in on the jam session – there’s no better way to celebrate our 10th anniversary,” says Amanda Maples Marr, Marketing Director, Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. “Gary is a fabulous musician and entertainer and all of the musicians that come out to ‘jam’ will be in for a real treat!”

A staple of East Tennessee, Gary recently was band leader, co-producer and banjo player for Dolly Parton on her bluegrass album "Halos & Horns." He performed for fifteen years at Dollywood and currently works at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede dinner attraction in Pigeon Forge. He is the only four-time national banjo champion, winning the award in four different decades.

Musicians from all over are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam with Gary and others to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass.

2014 Event Program and Schedule


  • Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • 9:00a.m. – Event Opens
  • 9:45a.m. – Move Dance Factory (Main Stage)
  • 10:00a.m.– Registration for Mtn Soul begins (Dolly Parton statue)
  • 10:15a.m.– Donna’s Majorette’s (Main Stage)
  • 10:45a.m.– Elizabeth Williams School of Dance (Main Stage)
  • 11:00a.m.– Steve Laciak & Kate Phillips (Hard Rock Café Community Stage)
  • 11:30a.m.– 2:00p.m. – Mountain Soul Vocal Competition (Back Porch Stage)
  • Noon.......– Emi Sunshine & The Rain (Main Stage)
  • 12:40p.m.– Davis Mitchel (Hard Rock Café Community Stage)
  • 1:00p.m. – Willow Osborne (Main Stage)
  • 2:00p.m. – Dale Ann Bradley (Main Stage)
  • Sevier Co. Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit Demonstration (Back Porch Stage)
  • 2:20p.m. – Travis Singleton (Hard Rock Café Community Stage)
  • 3:00p.m. – Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
  • 4:00p.m. – Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Xpress (Main Stage)
  • TBD (Hard Rock Café Community Stage)
  • Autumn Shorter (Bruce Street Gazebo Acoustic Stage)
  • 5:00p.m. – Dale Ann Bradley (Main Stage)
  • 5:40p.m. – Dale Ann Bradley (Main Stage)
  • 6:00p.m. – Chris Jones & The Night Drivers (Main Stage)
  • 7:00p.m. – Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Xpress (Main Stage)
  • 8:00p.m. – The SteelDrivers (Main Stage)
  • 10:00p.m.– Event Close