Greeneville gears up for The Band Perry concert

Greeneville gears up for The Band Perry concert

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Downtown Greeneville will look much different by Saturday night, with tens of thousands of fans expected to turn out to see The Band Perry in their hometown. Downtown Greeneville will look much different by Saturday night, with tens of thousands of fans expected to turn out to see The Band Perry in their hometown.
"For them to give back to the community, that says a lot. It's a good thing," said John Price. "For them to give back to the community, that says a lot. It's a good thing," said John Price.
"I'm really excited about getting out here with all these locals and interacting with everybody," said fan Megan Pierce. "I'm really excited about getting out here with all these locals and interacting with everybody," said fan Megan Pierce.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

GREENEVILLE (WATE) - Preparations are underway for The Band Perry CD release concert in Greeneville.

The local band gained nation stardom two years ago.

Now, officials are preparing for a crowd of up to 60,000 people for the group's homecoming.

The concert is set to start at 6 p.m. Saturday night and police have already started to shut down main street through downtown.

The band's fans can hardly contain their excitement.

"I'm really excited about getting out here with all these locals and interacting with everybody," said fan Megan Pierce. "The crowd is going to be fun to see and I'm ready to jam and see how my grandpa jams too."

Downtown Greeneville will look much different by Saturday night, with tens of thousands of fans expected to turn out to see The Band Perry in their hometown.

"This town has never experienced anything like this. It will be interesting to see," said food vendor Eric Price. "Downtown will definitely be alive like it's never been in my generation, so we'll be anxious to see all these people come in and get to see Greeneville for the first time."

John Price, another street vendor, says he has his food stand ready and appreciates the band coming home.

"For them to come back to Greeneville, and give back to Greeneville community like they have, they came back to help out with the tornadoes, when we had the tornadoes, they came out to help out with some relief. And did a relief concert. For them to give back to the community, that says a lot. It's a good thing," said John Price.

Between the city police department and the Greene County Sheriff's Office, more than 100 officers will be patrolling downtown.

"We're not allowing any coolers down on Main Street, umbrellas, or chairs, because if we start taking up that much space, everybody, there will be people falling over this and we're trying to prevent somebody from getting hurt and hope everybody can see," said Greeneville Police Chief Terry Cannon.

Fans are excited to hear what's next from the band and their favorite songs.

"I really like all their stuff, but Better Dig Two is probably one of my favorites by them. It's just a little bit darker, and it seems a little more like their style and stuff," Pierce said.

There are plans in case of inclement weather, and shuttles will be available to bring people to the concert area.

The Greeneville Police Department will be closing downtown streets as soon as possible after 5 p.m. Friday, March 29, for erection of the performing stage which will be located on North Main Street near the Election Commission office. 

The closing will involve Main Street from Spencer Square to Summer Street and will remain in effect throughout the concert.  Portions of Depot and Church streets closest to Main Street will also be closed, yet entrance to churches having Easter-related services will remain clear. 

No vehicles will be allowed to park in the closed areas, and will be towed at owners expense.

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