The Downtown Belmont Development Association (DBDA) is thrilled to announce its FIRST annual fall music festival – “Soundtracks”. The inaugural Soundtracks Music Festival will be headlined by The Marshall Tucker Band on September 30th, 2023 in the upper field of Stowe Park in downtown Belmont, NC. The festival will also feature Ben Chapman and Today’s Yesterday Band. The music will spread throughout downtown Belmont at various local establishments that will be hosting live bands performing the entire day!
The DBDA maintains an incredible partnership with CaroMont Health and will be utilizing the Soundtracks Music Festival as a platform to raise awareness and money for cancer services in our community. The DBDA will continue partnering with CaroMont throughout the month of October fundraising for cancer services and providing free mammogram screenings to residents who do not have insurance for these services. With your ticket purchase, you can make a small donation to help provide a significant number of free mammogram screenings to our community residents. Every donation counts!
Saturday, September 30th, 2023
Tickets: $25 General Admission, VIP IS SOLD OUT
*General admission includes access to the concert area. Seating is not provided with the purchase of this ticket. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.
Tickets on sale NOW!
Soundtracks 2023 Schedule
About the bands
Marshall tucker band
Doug Gray – lead vocals
B.B. Borden – drums
Ryan Ware – bass / vocals
Marcus James Henderson – keyboards / saxophone / flute / vocals
Chris Hicks – guitar / vocals
Rick Willis – guitar / vocals
When you wake up and want to put a smile on your face, you think of the songs that always manage to reach down and touch your soul the moment you hear the first note. The Marshall Tucker Band is one such group that continues to have a profound level of impact on successive generations of listeners who’ve been “Searchin’ for a Rainbow” and found it perfectly represented by this tried-and-true Southern institution over the decades. “I’ve been in tune with how music can make you feel, right from when I was first in the crib,” explains lead vocalist and bandleader Doug Gray, who’s been fronting the MTB since the very beginning. “I was born with that. And I realized it early on, back when I was a little kid and my mom and dad encouraged me to get up there and sing whatever song came on the jukebox. It got to the point where people were listening to me more than what was on the jukebox! There’s a certain gift I found I could share, whether I was in front of five people or 20,000 people. I was blessed with that ability and I’m thankful I can share with others.”
The Marshall Tucker Band came together as a young, hungry, and quite driven six-piece outfit in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1972, having duly baptized themselves with the name of a blind piano tuner after they found it inscribed on a key to their original rehearsal space — and they’ve been in tune with tearing it up on live stages both big and small all across the globe ever since. Plus, the band’s mighty music catalog, consisting of more than 20 studio albums and a score of live releases, has racked up multi-platinum album sales many times over. A typically rich MTB setlist is bubbling over with a healthy dose of hits like the heartfelt singalong “Heard It in a Love Song,” the insistent pleading of “Can’t You See” (the signature tune of MTB’s late co-founding lead guitarist and then-principal songwriter Toy Caldwell), the testifying “Fire on the Mountain,” the wanderlust gallop of “Long Hard Ride,” and the explosive testimony of “Ramblin,’” to name but a few.
Indeed, the secret ingredient to the ongoing success of The Marshall Tucker Band’s influence can be seen and felt far and wide throughout many mainstream digital outlets (Netflix, Amazon, etc.). In essence, it’s this inimitable down-home sonic style that helped make the MTB the first truly progressive Southern band to grace this nation’s airwaves — the proof of which can be found within the grooves and ever-shifting gears of “Take the Highway,” the first song on their self-titled April 1973 debut album on Capricorn Records, The Marshall Tucker Band. “We had the commonality of having all grown up together in Spartanburg,” explains Gray about his original MTB bandmates, guitar wizard Toy Caldwell and his brother, bassist Tommy Caldwell, alongside rhythm guitarist George McCorkle, drummer Paul T. Riddle, and flautist/saxophonist Jerry Eubanks. “The framework for Marshall Tucker’s music is more like a spaceship than a house,” Gray continues, “because you can look out of a lot of windows and see a variety of things that show where we’ve been and what we’ve done, and how we’ve travelled through time to bring those experiences out in all of our songs.”
The Marshall Tucker Band’s influence can be felt far and wide through many respected contemporaries and the artists who’ve followed the path forged by their collective footsteps and footstomps. “MTB helped originate and personify what was to become known as Southern rock, and I was privileged to watch it all come together in the ’70s, night after night,” said the legendary late Charlie Daniels. “In fact, The Charlie Daniels Band has played more dates with The Marshall Tucker Band over the past years than any other band we’ve ever worked with. Even after all these years — after the tragedies, the miles, the personnel changes, and the many developments in the music business.” Daniels added that he never got tired of seeing his MTB brothers on the road: “Whenever Doug Gray walks into my dressing room with that big ol’ smile of his and then we hug each other and sit and talk for a while, the evening is complete.”
“I remember seeing Marshall Tucker and The Outlaws play together in Jacksonville many years ago, when I was just a kid,” recalls Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Johnny Van Zant. “And I heard them all over the radio back then too. They were just so cool and so unique that I fell in love with the band, and I also fell in love with the music. Having them open for us on all those dates was like a dream come true, and they’re still as good as I’ve ever seen them. It brought back a lot of memories for me, because I really looked up to those guys when I was first starting out.”
Ed Roland, the lead vocalist and chief songwriter for Collective Soul, adds “The Marshall Tucker Band had a big influence on me and they still do.” Roland, who’s lived the majority of his life in and around Atlanta, also proudly points out that his band’s biggest hit, “Shine,” owes a clear debt to the musical structure of “Can’t You See,” and he’ll often start off by singing the opening line to that song — “I’m gonna take a freight train” — whenever Collective Soul performs “Shine” live. “We don’t want to stray from what we grew up listening to,” Roland continues. “I think that’s something important for people to hear. It’s just who we are, and I don’t think we should run from it. Hopefully, people see that southern connection to the bands we love like Marshall Tucker in our music.”
Doug Gray sees no end to the road that lies ahead for The Marshall Tucker Band, whose legacy is being carried forward by the man himself and his current bandmates, drummer B.B. Borden (Mother’s Finest, The Outlaws), bassist/vocalist Ryan Ware, keyboardist/saxophonist/flautist/vocalist Marcus James Henderson, guitarist/vocalist Chris Hicks, and guitarist/ vocalist Rick Willis. “You know, I think it was Toy Caldwell’s dad who said, ‘There’s more to gray hair than old bones,’ and we still have a lot of stories yet to tell,” Gray concludes. “People ask me all the time what I’m gonna do when I turn 80, and I always say, ‘The same thing that we’re continuing to do now.’ We’re road warriors, there’s no doubt about that — and I don’t intend to slow down.” May the MTB wagon train continue running like the wind on a long hard ride for many more years to come. One thing we absolutely know for sure: If you heard it in a Marshall Tucker Band song, it certainly can’t be wrong.
—Mike Mettler, this ol’ MTB chronologist
The recent release of Ben Chapman’s self-produced Amber Sound, Vol. 1, featuring his band Ben Chapman & Co., combines dynamic guitar licks, groove-driven bass lines, guitar solos with swagger, and dreamy lyrics you’ll float away on while singing along. As direct support on Lainey Wilson’s sold-out Country With A Flare Tour, this album is becoming the soundtrack to the Ben Chapman movement, converting a room of strangers to newly established groupies feeding off the rockin’, energetic set akin to the Black Crowes while channeling the classic intimacy of Willie and soul of The Allman Brothers Band.
Ben found his way to Nashville after spending his adolescent years with self-taught guitar lessons and local VFW gigs. After landing his first publishing deal in 2021 with hit-songwriter Hillary Lindsey’s Hang Your Hat Music, a creative joint venture with Concord music, Chapman launched a monthly, year-long residency at the top of 2022 called “Peach Jam”, a name paying ode to his north Georgia roots. Hosted on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Nashville’s beloved venue The Basement, the residency became a place for musicians, friends, and music lovers alike to turn on, tune in, and drop out for an evening of community, musicianship, transcendent southern rock, with an array of special guests including Brent Cobb, Drake White, Joshua Ray Walker, Lainey Wilson, Daniel Donato, Elizabeth Cook, Ashley Monroe, Angelina Presley, Caylee Hammack, Aaron Raitiere, Vince Herman, Brit Taylor, Hayes Carll, and more.
Inspired by the honky-tonk influence of Roger Miller and the genre-blending enterprises of The Grateful Dead, Chapman released his debut project Make The Night Better in March of 2022 exhibiting “not only his strength as a candid storyteller but also his poise as a quickly emerging artist” (American Songwriter). Produced by publisher-turned-producer Jake Gear (Hailey Whitters, Flatland Cavalry), and featuring fellow North Georgia native, and personal mentor to Chapman, Channing Wilson, the debut record found support from radio channels like WMOT and SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country as well as Spotify’s Indigo playlist, Fresh Finds: Folk, Apple Music’s New Music Daily, Country Risers, and beyond. The debut was well-received, with a slew of acts adding Ben to their shows including Flatland Cavalry, Drake White, Marshall Tucker Band, Hailey Whitters, Joshua Ray Walker, William Clark Green, Muscadine Bloodline, The Cadillac Three, and Corey Smith. Along with supporting Ben’s endeavors as an artist, fellow creatives have cut songs written by Chapman for their own projects including Meg McRee, Drake White, Robert Randolph, Erin Enderlin, Corey Smith, Warren Zeiders, Julie Roberts, Paul Cauthen, and Jordan Fletcher. As an excuse to bring together some of his favorite folks in the music community, Ben continues his Peach Jam residency on a quarterly basis for 2023 with remaining shows at The Basement on July 14, September 13, and December 13. Special guests will be announced closer to each date.
Today’s Yesterday Band
Husband and wife Donnie & Danielle Wilson with a powerhouse full band are based out of Opp, Alabama. Today’s Yesterday Band primarily travels in the Southeast region of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. They have opened for Drake White, Shenandoah, Jeff Bates, Frank Foster, Doug Stone, Ashton Shepherd, David Ball, Neal McCoy, Chris Cagle, Darryl Worley, and The Lacs.
To date, Today’s Yesterday Band has released two singles titled “The Pain” and “Current Situation.” The Pain currently has over 500,000 views on its music video. Today’s Yesterday Band covers new and older country and classic rock from Miranda Lambert, KT Oslin, Merle Haggard, Journey, Guns N’ Roses, Hank Jr, Gretchen Wilson, and many more.
Before you head to the Soundtracks Music Festival, check out our most frequently asked questions regarding ticketing, parking, and more.
What are ticket prices?
General Admission is $25/ticket.
- General admission includes access to the concert area. Seating is not provided with the purchase of this ticket. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.
VIP tickets are $50/ticket and includes a VIP seating section. VIP IS SOLD OUT!
- VIP ticket includes access to a private restroom facility, private beverage garden, VIP entrance into the event, lawn chairs provided, and an exclusive Soundtracks VIP lanyard.
Where do I enter? Is there an event map?
Can I bring a bag?
To provide a safe environment for the public and significantly expedite entry into Soundtracks Music Festival, the size and type of bags that may be brought into the event area are restricted.
Attendees are strongly encouraged to not bring any type of bags, but will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container for entry into Soundtracks Music Festival: Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.” Small clutch bags, which cannot exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″ in size, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into Soundtracks Music Festival.
Prohibited items include but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, diaper bags, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
Is the event rain or shine?
Event is rain or shine and refunds will not be issued due to weather. All ticket sales are final, and refunds will not be issued. In the event of severe weather (including lightning, high winds, tornado, etc.) local authorities will issue announcements from the Main Stage PA system to ensure the safety of all patrons.
Will refunds be issued?
All sales are final and non-transferable. No refunds, no exchanges, no resale, not redeemable for cash.
The resale or attempted resale of any good, product or service at a price higher than that it was sold for is prohibited and if discovered will result in such good, product or service being voided without refund or other compensation.
A ticket to the event or any other related perk may not be used for advertising, promotion (including sweepstakes, contests, and giveaways), or other trade or commercial purposes without the express written consent of the Downtown Belmont Development Association.
What is the tobacco policy?
Pursuant to Gaston County and City of Belmont Ordinance, Stowe Park is a tobacco-free zone. This includes both smoking, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, and other such devices.
What about alcohol?
Alcoholic beverages will be available for sale at the event. You must be 21 to drink and you must possess a valid ID to purchase alcohol. Local and State laws will be strictly enforced. There will be no tolerance for illegal activities. Outside alcohol is not allowed into the event. Patrons must receive a wristband at check in to purchase alcohol. Wristbands must be visible at the time of purchase.
What safety measures will be in effect for Soundtracks Music Festival?
Open carry, display of firearms or weapons, and concealed carry within the event is prohibited.
Law enforcement and public safety officials will be located throughout the event. Speak to the nearest officer or contact event staff for assistance.
You and your belongings may be subject to search upon entry to, or otherwise in connection with your attendance at the event. You hereby consent to such searches and forever waive all related claims that could arise. If you elect to withdraw such consent to such searches, you may be denied access to the event, or removed from the event, without refund or other compensation.
If I need to leave the event, can I come back?
No. Re-entry is not allowed.
Is the event accessible?
Yes. ADA approved equipment is allowed. The event area is accessible by wheelchair; however, the festival grounds contain steep hills and challenging terrain and may not be easily navigated. Utilize the ADA entrance upon arrival.
Can I bring my own food and drinks?
Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Food vendors will be onsite serving food, non-alcoholic, and alcoholic beverages. Vendors offer a variety of delicious food and beverage options.
Individuals with special food needs or dietary restrictions may bring a small bag for food items ONLY. All bags will be subject to search upon entrance to the festival, as ABC laws prohibit any outside alcoholic beverages.
Are pets allowed?
We recommend that families leave their pets at home. While you may enjoy attending, the festival atmosphere can be overwhelming for many pets.
Service dogs are permitted. If you choose to bring your pet, you must follow the City of Belmont leash laws.
Any pet causing a disturbance must be removed immediately. All pet owners are responsible for their pet and will be held accountable for any actions involving their pet.
Are tickets required for kids?
Children 8 and under are admitted free in General Admission, with an accompanying adult. In the VIP section, all ages require a ticket.
Will there be restrooms at the event?
Public restrooms, as well as restroom trailers, along with hand washing stations will be accessible during the event. Refer to the event map for specific locations.
Where can I park?
Public parking as well as paid parking options will be available. Shuttle services will also be available. For ride share services, use the following address;
2 Glenway Street Belmont NC 28012
Where can I stay if I'm traveling in?
Is there a lost and found?
For lost and found and/or lost persons, there will be an informational tent onsite. Visit the information tent for lost and found.
What measure is the Downtown Belmont Development Association taking to insure sustainability at Soundtracks Music Festival?
We ask that you play your part in keeping Belmont beautiful by disposing of trash and recycling in appropriate designations. Trash and recycling bins will be placed throughout the event area.
Can I bring my camera to the event?
Large camera and/or video equipment is prohibited. Downtown Belmont Development Association will be taking photos and videos throughout the day. Please be advised that these images may appear in marketing materials, and attendance at Soundtracks Music Festival is your consent to having your photograph taken.
What happens if I, or someone else, gets hurt?
All purchasers consent to have medical treatment that may be deemed advisable in the event of an injury, accident, or illness during the event and affirmatively releases the Downtown Belmont Development Association and all persons participating in such medical treatment from all responsibility for any such actions.
What can I bring into the event?
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.” Small clutch bags, which cannot exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″ in size, with or without a handle or strap
- Prescription medications (will be checked at entry gate)
- Lawn chairs
- Diaper bags (will be checked at entry gate)
- Ponchos/rain jackets
What is prohibited at Soundtracks Music Festival?
- No outside food and beverage
- No personal tents, canopies, umbrellas, or chairs that block the view for other attendees
- No smoking, vaping, chewing tobacco
- No illegal drugs, substances, or harmful chemicals
- No outside alcoholic beverages
- No biking, skating, rollerblading, skateboarding, or hover boards
- No open carry, or display of firearms or weapons within the event. No weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, knives, pepper spray, stun guns, concealed weapons, and firearms (regardless of Concealed Carry Permit)
- No air horns, whistles, laser pointers
- No remote-controlled aircraft or unmanned aircraft systems (drones)
- No fireworks of any kind, including but not limited to, flares, smoke bombs, incendiary devices, and pyrotechnics