City of Radford's 2017 "Spirit of America" July 4th Celebration ft. Jimmy Fortune
Venue: Bisset Park, Radford
Organizations: David Frizzell, Glen Shelton, Gravel Road, Jimmy Fortune, Radford Parks and Recreation Department, The Castaways
Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 2:00 - 10:30 PM
Event Types: Music, Food, Miscellaneous, Family Friendly
Cost: Free
The City of Radford presents their 2017 "Spirit of America" July 4th Celebration on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Bisset Park.

Enjoy a full day of live music, kids activities and attractions including a inflatables, climbing wall and more, food and craft vendors and of course great fireworks to close the event!

Music will be headlined by Country Music Association (CMA) Hall of Fame member and Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune. Opening for Jimmy Fortune will be David Frizzell, part of the winning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year.

Schedule of Events:
• 2:00-8:00 pm - Rides and Games
• 2:00-3:00 pm - Gravel Road (Bluegrass)
• 3:15-4:15 pm - Glen Shelton (Popular Country)
• 4:30-5:30 pm - The Castaways (Beach Music)
• 5:30-5:45 pm - Opening Ceremonies with Mayor Bruce Brown and National Anthem sung by Glen Shelton followed by Patriotic Readings from Dr. Dick Harshberger
• 5:45-6:15 pm - K-9 Exhibition by Radford City Police Department
• 6:30-7:30 pm - David Frizzell (Country)
• 7:45-9:15 pm - Jimmy Fortune (Country)
• 10:00 pm - Fireworks sponsored by Third Security

Note: All musical performances will be held at the gazebo.

Jimmy Fortune toured, sang and performed with the legendary Statler Brothers for 21 years. He joined them first as a temporary replacement for Lew DeWitt, after DeWitt heard him singing at a ski resort and recommended him. Following an audition in Nashville, Jimmy was contacted by the Statler Brothers and performed his first show with them on January 28, 1982. Due to the debilitating effects of Crohn’s Disease, Lew was unable to return to the stage with the Statlers, and Jimmy was hired as a permanent replacement in August of 1982.

Fortune quickly lived up to his name. He wrote the group’s second No. 1 hit, “Elizabeth,” on their 1983 album Today, and followed that with two more No. 1 hits–“My Only Love” and “Too Much On My Heart”. Fortune also wrote the top-10 hit “Forever” from 1986’s Four for the Show and co-wrote the top-10 hit “More Than a Name on the Wall” from 1988’s The Greatest Hits.

Jimmy has performed in all of the U.S. States, in Canadian Provinces, and in front of audiences as large as 100,000. He was part of the Statlers’ annual Happy Birthday USA celebration in Staunton, Virginia, for 14 years. He also sang on many of the Statlers’ gold, platinum, and double platinum recordings. Jimmy’s career included The Nashville Network’s popular “The Statler Brothers Show” which aired for seven seasons and debuted in 1991 as the highest rated show for the network.

Jimmy and The Statler Brothers were inducted into the GMA (Gospel Music Association) Hall of Fame on October 29, 2007, and inducted into the CMA (Country Music Association) Hall of Fame in June 29, 2008.

After the Statler Brothers retired on October 26, 2002, Jimmy seized the opportunity to launch a solo career to share new music with his fans. Jimmy is currently living in Nashville, writing, and touring.


His life and his career are tightly woven into the fabric of country music history and lore. He is both legacy and legend with an unmistakable voice and a captivating style.

David Frizzell is one of the greatest voices in country music with a haunting resemblance to his older brother, the ultimate stylist, Lefty Frizzell. Both share that raw, forlorn quality that is essential to the interpretation of traditional country themes, but David’s voice is even more resonant and nuanced; a perfect instrument for conveying the deepest emotion of every lyric.

While still just a teenager, David Frizzell left home to perform and tour with his legendary brother, working the concert circuit with many of the mightiest names in country music. By his 18th birthday, Frizzell was recording country and rockabilly albums for Columbia Records.

David emerged from the significant shadow of his brother to create his own artistic identity. He recorded and charted the first country version of “L.A. International Airport” and followed that song with a Top 40 rendition of “I Just Can’t Help Believing.” Frizzell parlayed his recording success into headlining country shows in Las Vegas.

In the early 1980s, Frizzell founded the musical duo of Frizzell & West with the gorgeous and gifted Shelly West, daughter of country superstar Dottie West. Their recording of “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” became a smash hit.

Frizzell & West remains one of the most-awarded acts in entertainment; one that sold out arenas worldwide and produced five albums. The duo twice won the Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year award, twice won the Academy of Country Music award for Vocal Duet of the Year and were awarded the ACM Song of the Year award. They also received the Music City News Award for Duet of the Year twice and Song of the Year as well.

During his duet years with West, Frizzell continued a vibrant solo career. He scored a huge chart-topping hit with “I’m Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home.”

Along with his CMA awards, Frizzell has won numerous performing and recording trophies from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard and Music City News. He has been nominated for three Grammys, both as part of Frizzell & West and as a solo artist.

Writing, producing, touring and performing … David Frizzell is a timeless and tireless entertainer who continues to share his many gifts to the delight of fans old and new across the US and throughout the world.


Although the faces and names may have changed since we began performing in 1961, one thing hasn't - the party continues! The Castaways based in Durham, North Carolina bring an exciting sound, tremendous talent, energy, and performer versatility to your party.

With every note being played live, you can count on The Castaways to provide you with a perfect mix of Beach, Soul, and Rock-n-Roll. But, don't be surprised if we throw in a little country and top-40 too. Whether it be a wedding reception, corporate party, night club, or good old-fashioned beach party, The Castaways are your key to a great time!


Gravel Road is a youth bluegrass band hailing from the Floyd / New River Valley area of Southwest Virginia.


Glen Shelton is a musician based in Amherst County, Virginia that has performed across the mid-atlantic region. Most of Glen’s performances include popular country music (cover songs) as well as a few of his original songs. His show is very high energy and entertaining, and also very professional and suitable for all ages.

Glen has performed at hundreds of outdoor events and has worked with more than 40 national acts including Lonestar and Joe Nichols.


The fireworks will begin at 10 pm.

Shuttle buses will be available and run from 2:00-11:00 pm.

If you would be interested in becoming a Food or Craft Vendor, please contact Jackie Stephens at 540-731-3633 or by email

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