Freedom Hall News

November 12, 2019

PAW Patrol Live! "The Great Pirate Adventure" coming to Freedom Hall April 21 & 22


PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” in Johnson City
X Barks the Spot in this Pirate-Themed Mission on stage at Freedom Hall, April 21 & 22 

JOHNSON CITY, TN (November 12, 2019) – All paws on deck! Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure,” an action-packed, music-filled production, presented by Pedigree. The heroic pups from the top-rated animated preschool series PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment, embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover hidden treasure during the hit live stage show, playing at Freedom Hall, April 21 &22. Tickets for both performances go on sale November 21, 2019 and can be purchased

In PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure,” Mayor Goodway is getting everything shipshape for a big Pirate Day celebration in Adventure Bay. When Cap’n Turbot falls into a dark and mysterious cavern, it’s PAW Patrol to the rescue! Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky and Zuma save Cap'n Turbot and discover a secret pirate treasure map that leads them on an epic adventure. Things get ruff when Mayor Humdinger wants to find the treasure first for Foggy Bottom. The pups need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including help from the newest pup who’s all ears…Tracker! Using their heroic rescue skills, problem solving and teamwork, the pups set sail to save the day. No job is too big, no pirate pup is too small!

PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” provides families with the opportunity to make lifelong memories and is a great introduction to live theater for kids.  To help accommodate young children, the Broadway-style performance includes two acts with a 15-minute intermission. The performance is interactive, encouraging audiences to learn pirate catchphrases, dance the pirate boogie and help the pups follow the treasure map and solve picture puzzles throughout their mission!

What:      PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” coming to Johnson City!
When:     Tuesday               April 21                6:00 p.m. 
                    Wednesday       April 22                6:00 p.m.
Where:    Freedom Hall
                    1320 Pactolas Rd
                    Johnson City, TN 37604

 Tickets: Tickets start at $18. Tickets are available at the Freedom Hall Box Office, online at, or by phone at 423.461.4884. Prices are subject to change. Additional fees and special offers may apply.

 V.I.P: A limited number of V.I.P. (Very Important Pup) Packages are available, starting at $110. Package features premium show seating, a commemorative lanyard, and an after-show Meet & Greet with PAW Patrol Live! walk-around characters.

 For more information or to join the Tail Mail mailing list for presale and other exclusive offers, visit Follow PAW Patrol Live! on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @pawpatrollive, and the hashtag #pawpatrollive. *Citi cardholders have access to special ticket opportunities for the PAW Patrol Live! tours. Citi cardholders can visit for more information on presale tickets.

 FOR MEDIA ONLY: Advance phone interviews and in-studio interviews available. Contact to schedule. Photography and b-roll available upon request.

 VStar Entertainment Group is a leading entertainment company and producer of unforgettable live experiences for audiences in the U.S. and internationally. From concept through activation, VStar imagines and creates custom tours featuring original content and licensed, branded tours that provide highly engaging entertainment for fans of all ages. With nearly four decades of expertise in all aspects of event production and management, VStar delivers turnkey, in-house solutions for theatrical shows, interactive exhibits and brand activations. VStar also creates custom-fabricated mascots and costumes, large-scale sets, scenery and 3-D installations, serving as a valued resource for professional sports teams, Fortune 500 companies and experiential marketing agencies. Acquired in 2018 by global live entertainment leader, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, VStar has presented more than 40,000 live performances across 40 countries and entertains nearly three million guests annually.  For more information, visit

 Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. 


November 12, 2019

for King & Country 2020 tour coming to Freedom Hall

Nov. 12, 2019


 The award-winning duo to perform with Dolly Parton at The 53rd Annual CMA Awards burn the ships | North America: 2020 Encore” Dates Announced

(Nashville, TN) – Just one day prior to their highly anticipated CMA performance with world renowned entertainer Dolly Parton, for KING & COUNTRY are set to appear on “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts’ ABC special “Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again!” In the hourlong special, Joel and Luke Smallbone have a chance to divulge their extraordinary & sparkling collaboration on the duo’s No. 1 hit “God Only Knows.” The pre-CMA Awards special airs TUESDAY, NOV. 12 (10:00–11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.  

 for KING & COUNTRY is set to join nine-time CMA Award winner and world-renowned entertainer Dolly Parton to perform the massive No. 1 hit “God Only Knows” at “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards.” Country Music’s Biggest Night™ will be hosted by Dolly along with Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood, and will air live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network.

After the overwhelming response to their 36-date fall tour and thousands of requests by fans, two-time GRAMMY® Award winners for KING & COUNTRY have announced 14 new North American dates to extend their world tour into 2020. The burn the ships | North America: The 2020 Encore will kick off on April 16th at The Ford Center in Evansville, IN, and will see the award-winning duo bring their unprecedented live show to fans in brand-new markets. Tickets will go on sale on Nov. 15 at 10am local time, click here for more information.

“We’ve heard you! And on the heels of one of the most meaningful tours we’ve ever been a part of it’s with great enthusiasm that we announce our burn the ships | North America: 2020 Encore! We’ll be coming to 14 more arenas across the United States, with the bow of the ship and more music than ever in-tow, including every song off our new album. Let’s set sail!”

The duo is currently finishing up the second leg of the burn the ships | World Tour 2019: North America, which produced 9 SOLD-OUT shows thus far. Those attending these upcoming shows will get a chance to see for KING & COUNTRY take the stage at the top of each show and play more music than ever before. In honor of the band’s 3rd album release burn the ships, the stage and lighting design will be conceptually inspired by the bow of a ship, and fans will now be able to stand within the “bow” for a complete and immersive experience of one of the most exciting concert events around. The tour is set to hit major markets in Washington, DC; Tulsa, OK; Pittsburgh, PA, and others.

burn the ships | North America: The 2020 Encore

Tour Dates





Evansville, IN

Ford Center


Fort Wayne, IN

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum


Hershey, PA

Giant Center


Greensboro, NC

Greensboro Coliseum


Tyler, TX

The Oil Palace


Mobile, AL

Mobile Civic Center Arena


Tulsa, OK

Mabee Center


Toledo, OH

Huntington Center


Binghamton, NY

Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena


Pittsburg, PA

Petersen Events Center


Springfield, MA

MassMutual Center


Johnson City, TN

Freedom Hall Civic Center


Salem, VA

Salem Civic Center


Washington DC

The Anthem



For more information on for KING & COUNTRY, go to:

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September 19, 2019

Jericho Shrine Circus  featuring  Carden International Circus

For over 50 years, the Carden family has been bringing an astonishing and awe-inspiring show to people across the country.  From amazing feats of athleticism with aerial acrobats to the magnificent elephants, awesome tigers and so much more. There is something for all ages.

Be sure to come early for all the pre-show activities.  With elephant, camel and horse rides, fun inflatables and face painting, the entire family will be entertained!

Performances:     Friday, Sept. 27 – 7:00 PM

                                     Saturday, Sept. 28 – 10:30 AM, 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM

                                     Sunday, Sept. 29 – 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM

September 19, 2019

ETSU Women's Basketball welcomes the Tennessee Lady Vols

The Blue and Gold open the season with one of the most anticipated home games in program history with ETSU welcoming the University of Tennessee Lady Vols. The Volunteers boast the winningest program in college basketball having more than 200 victories than second place Louisiana Tech.   The Nov. 5 opener will mark 50 seasons since Dr. Janice Shelton led the Bucs to a 54-52 upset win over the Lady Vols.

Single-Game Tickets for the Women's Basketball game vs. Tennessee will go on sale to the public on Oct. 1, after season ticket holder seating has been assigned. Tickets will be priced as follows:  


For ticket information or to purchase by phone, please call the ETSU Athletics Ticket Office beginning Oct. 1 at 423-439-3878 or 423-439-4828 during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  To purchase online, click here

May 29, 2019

34th Annual Pepsi Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks

pepsi_fireworksPepsico Beverages North America of Johnson City and the City of Johnson City will sponsor the 34th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center on Thursday, July 4. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities. Since several thousand people attend the event each year, an early arrival is strongly encouraged.  

There will not be a rain date for this event. The time of fireworks could be delayed if there is inclement weather that evening. Visitors may be moved inside the Freedom Hall arena temporarily in the event of severe weather.

The following schedule may be useful in planning your evening:

 5:00- 8:15 p.m.    PARK & RIDE
                                      FREE Johnson City Transit bus service begins from East Tennessee State University (corner of State of Franklin and University Parkway) and Winged Deer Park Complex parking                                        lots.

 5:00 p.m.               Food service begins, craft booths open, children’s games start

                                    NOTE:  Only authorized food/craft vendors will be allowed.

  5:30- 6:00 p.m.    WXBQ DJs

  5:00- 7:00 p.m.    On-site registration for a chance to win prizes:

 GRAND PRIZE – (1) Year supply of Groceries- $10,000 Value from Pepsi, presented by Food City

 FIRST PRIZE – (1) Year supply of gas- $1500 Value

                                     from Pepsi, presented by Food City

SECOND PRIZE – (1) Year supply of Pepsi- $520 Value

                                          from Pepsi, presented by Food City

 Anakeesta Super Pack Getaway

     (4) Annual tickets to Anakeesta

     Tree Canopy Walk, Dueling Zipline, Tree House Village Playground, Gem Mining, Mountain Coaster

Pigeon Forge Super Package

       (1) Two-night stay Hearthside Cabins

       (4) Dinner passes to Bennett’s BBQ

      (4) Passes to WonderWorks

      (4) Passes to Ober Gatlinburg

  6:00- 6:40 p.m.    Music by Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier.  

  6:45- 6:50 p.m.    Tribute to Gold Star Families and Disabled Veterans.              

 7:00- 7:45 p.m.    Music by local band Southern Rebellion.   

  8:00- 8:10 p.m.    Color Guard with National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.

 Pledge of Allegiance led by Miss Johnson City Peyton Kirby Wilson, Miss Historic Jonesborough Annie Malcom, and Outstanding Teen Miss Historic Jonesborough Tara Kilgore.

  8:15- 9:15 p.m.    Music by Adam Craig.  

 8:15 p.m.              PARK & RIDE
                                   Last bus shuttle departs from ETSU and Winged Deer Park.  

 9:20-9:35 p.m.     Prize drawings on stage. 

 9:50 p.m.              Welcome by Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock and WXBQ musical introduction for fireworks.

 9:55-10:15 p.m.   Fireworks by Pyro Shows of Lafollette, Tenn.
                                       Live remote of event by WJHL-TV News Channel 11 with WXBQ 96.9 FM broadcasting fireworks music.

10:20 p.m.             PARK & RIDE
                                    FREE Johnson City Transit service begins returning patrons to parking areas at ETSU and Winged Deer Park. 

10:20-11:00 p.m.  Entertainment resumes on stage with Southern Rebellion.

 *Schedule subject to change







-    Coolers and lawn chairs will be allowed on the FREE Johnson City Transit buses; charcoal grills or any other incendiary devices will not be allowed on the buses.

 -    Only designated service animals will be allowed on the buses - no household pets.


-     Lift-equipped buses will be available at ETSU and Winged Deer Park to bring physically challenged patrons to the event.                          

 -     Handicapped parking passes and instructions may be obtained by calling Freedom Hall no later than Tuesday, July 3  at 461-4884 weekdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 -     Portable restroom facilities for the physically challenged will be located on-site.


-       Patrons driving personal vehicles to Freedom Hall are encouraged to remember to leave all valuables (cellular telephones, laptop computers, money, jewelry, purses, wallets, CDs, shopping bags, etc.) at home. 

-       Any valuables left in personal vehicles should not be left in plain sight and vehicles should remain locked at all times.


-     No thru vehicle traffic will be allowed at the Science Hill Vocational School; pedestrian traffic will be allowed access from the Vocational School Parking Lot I to the entertainment areas.

-     Sections of Morningside Drive will be designated for JCT bus traffic only.

-     No thru traffic will be allowed on Guaranda Drive, Longview Drive, North Gilmer Park, Lacy Street, Sells Street, Mullins Street, Belmeade Drive, and Baron Drive.  Only those showing drivers' licenses with home addresses will be allowed access. 

-     Residents of these streets inviting guests to fireworks parties should provide police officers blocking the roads with a copy of their invitation list - all others will not be allowed access.

-     Pedestrian traffic will be stopped on Guaranda Drive at 8:45 p.m. and resume at 10:45 p.m.

-     Pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be stopped on Liberty Bell Boulevard at 8:45 p.m. and resume at 10:45 p.m.

-       Following the fireworks, one-way traffic only will be allowed on Sundale Drive, Longview Drive and Guaranda Drive.

-       Use the Knob Creek - State of Franklin connection to get between Bristol Highway, I-26 and Freedom Hall.

-       When leaving the fireworks, use I-26 (rather than Kingsport and Bristol Highways), State of Franklin Road and Highway 381.


-     Ambulances will be located around the periphery of the Freedom Hall site.

-     Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel will be posted at the command post location near the Freedom Hall pool.

-     EMS personnel on bicycles and golf car mini-med will circulate throughout the crowd.

-     Johnson City Fire Bureau personnel will be able to travel into the crowd via specially equipped golf cars to deliver emergency medical and fire suppression services.


  • The best fireworks show in town will begin at 9:55 p.m.  Please do not endanger yourself or others in the crowd by bringing your own fireworks.
  • JOHNSON CITY CODE - Sec. 16-43 Fireworks -

                (a)  It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale, or keep in stock, or give away, within the city, or one (1) mile thereof, any firecracker, cannon cracker, torpedo, Roman candle,                         sky rocket, pin wheel or any fireworks of any nature whatsoever, or any toy pistol or cannon, discharged by percussion caps or by percussion caps and gunpowder or other means.

               (b)  No person shall sell, possess or use fireworks of any description within the city; provided, that this section shall not apply to wholesale dealers and jobbers who may possess fireworks                        for sale to merchants and dealers outside the city and sell same to such outside dealers and merchants; provided, further, that this section shall not apply to fairs, shows and exhibitors who                  desire to give fireworks displays for the amusement of the public; provided, that such displays shall be given under the joint supervision of the exhibitor and city police department so as to                    protect the health and welfare of the public, but no such fireworks display shall be given without a permit from the city recorder. (Code 1964, § 21-32)


 The Kermit Tipton Stadium will be closed all day Wednesday, July 4.  For more information, please call Parks & Recreation at 423-283-5815.


 The Freedom Hall Pool will be closed July 4.  For more information, please call Recreation Services at 423-434-5749.