Preps underway for The Band Perry free concert in Greeneville

By: Lorena Estrada
By: Lorena Estrada

Preparations are underway in Greeneville for The Band Perry

The members of "The Band Perry" pose on the red carpet at the Staples Center for the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO Joe KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Preparations are underway in Greeneville for The Band Perry concert Saturday evening.

City employees spent most of Friday afternoon clearing a portion of North Main Street, which will transform into a stage. It will be mounted on North Main Street across the Election Commission after Greeneville Police close the streets of downtown late Friday afternoon.

Folks around town couldn't be more excited.

"Everywhere you go in town people are talking about Band Perry coming down to Greeneville," said Tom Ferguson, President of the Greene County Partnership.

"We're just tickled to death that Band Perry has chosen to come back to their hometown to debut their second album," Greeneville Mayor W.T Daniels said.

The one-hour free concert will be more than just a preview to their new album. It's a special benefit for "Outnumber Hunger," a program an initiative from General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America.

Ferguson told Local 8 News about two years ago, the Greene County Partnership hosted the band's first album launch attracting seven thousand people. But this time around they're expecting atleast three times that many.

A crowd of more than 20,000 people has local law enforcement on high alert.

According to Greeneville Police Chief Terry Cannon, multiple agencies will be working the event. Local, state and even federal officers have been planning for Saturday night.

The owners of Peggy Ann Bakery are also excited the band gets to return to their hometown.

"They're real sweet home people. We're always excited when they come back to town," said Imogene Arrowood, co-owner of the bakery. "They always come in and get cinamon twist, that's their favorite donut.

That donut is now known as the "The Band Perry Twist."

The bakery is baking 8 dozen boxes of those donuts for the band's production crew.

Officials said the concert is a free family-friendly event. No alcohol is allowed.


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