Country trio The Band Perry will kick off their "We Are Pioneers" tour at Smokies Park on Thursday. Opening for the sibling act are country singers Charlie Worsham and Kristen Kelly.
"Our expectation is that it's going to be a great night," said Dennis Snider, venue manager and marketing director of Smokies Park.
The venue has hosted a number of music acts in the past, including the Avett Brothers, Dolly Parton and even Bob Dylan, but this is the first time The Band Perry has made an appearance, according to Snider.
"We are very lucky to be able to be the first town to host [The Band Perry] in east Tennessee," Snider said.
The Band Perry hails from Greeneville, Tenn., and is headlined by Kimberly Perry with her two younger brothers Neil and Reid. This trio gained publicity after the release of their self-titled album and the release of "Better Dig Two" from their sophomore album and the now quadruple platinum song "If I Die Young."
The "We are Pioneers" tour will feature music from the band's latest album, "Pioneer." Band members explain this tour on their website.
"People hear the word 'pioneer' and they think of covered wagons or astronauts on the moon," Reid Perry said on the band's website. "But to us the idea of a pioneer is very modern. It reflects the idea of putting one foot in front of the other when you're unsure how to get where you're going.
"It's about marching forward and making noise."
The group has had a sold out tour and has received multiple awards from the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association and Country Music Television. Smokies Park is located in Sevierville, Tenn., close to their hometown.
"They're from my hometown," said Maria Martinez, sophomore in language and world business. "They are always on the radio stations and advertised all around town."
The Band Perry makes frequent appearances in Greeneville. Martinez said she met The Band Perry when they came to a restaurant where she worked.
"I've actually been their server twice," Martinez said. "They put on a concert on Main Street in Greeneville, and their press conference was at the restaurant I work at. And I've seen them around town from time to time.
"They're pretty down to earth and love to interact with the community."
The album "Pioneer" was made with music that would travel through large arenas, as found on their website.
"Playing the new songs has given our live show a new burst of energy and the crown feels it, too," Neil Perry said when describing the tour online. "They're as excited to have new music as we are."
Opening act Charlie Worsham will be performing songs from his newly released "Rubberband" album. He has toured with country music stars such as Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert. Additional opening act Kristen Kelly debuted her first song "Ex-Old Man" in 2012 and joined Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality Tour the same year.
Tickets are $35, and $20 for UT students. To purchase tickets with the student discount, visit www.mystadiumevents.com, click The Band Perry's photo and click "UT Students."