Rhythm in Riverview returns to Fun Fest Monday

Holly Viers • Jul 15, 2019 at 11:25 AM

KINGSPORT — A long-running staple of Fun Fest is back for another year.

Rhythm in Riverview will return this week with a full slate of family-friendly entertainment. Johnnie Mae Swagerty, one of the organizers, said the event continues to be a success after more than 20 years.

“Rhythm in Riverview brings the diversity of people together,” Swagerty said. “You see old friends, and you make new friends.”

When and where

The event will be held Monday evening outside the V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex. If it rains, activities will be moved indoors to the gym.

What to expect

The event will begin at 6 p.m., after Kids Central. A gospel music fest will kick things off from 6-7 p.m., with performances from the Full Gospel Mission Church youth community choir, 4Him men’s gospel group and soloist Taneisha Turner.

From 7-9:30 p.m., the Nashville-based SP8 Band will take the stage. Swagerty said the band specializes in R&B and jazz and is known for its high-energy performances.

Several food vendors will be on hand throughout the evening. Traditional fried fish will be available, along with six food trucks: Two Brothers, Beach Hut, Mama’s Food Factory, Star Delights, Caribbean Grill and Alley Cat.

Other activities include a food card giveaway and a yoga demonstration by Eastman interns. Atendees should bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Why attend?

Swagerty said those who have attended the event previously will see many similarities this year, but with a new musical flavor.

“(This year’s band) is energetic and will get you going, so I think the band is going to be different,” Swagerty said. “All the bands have been great, but this is a young band, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”