Purple Hulls return for Fridays After 5 series finale at park


One of Kilgore’s favorite dynamic duos will be back in town Sept. 7 for the last performance of the 2018 Fridays After 5 concert series.

Sisters Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark – The Purple Hulls – aren’t strangers to the Kilgore Main Street Program’s spotlight, and the Kilgore City Park Amphitheater is familiar territory as well.

Raised on a family farm in the piney woods of East Texas, the pair’s music has taken them around the world – Nashville, Tennessee’s a home away from home now, but the Clarks are ready to play for their local crowd at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.

As they put it: “If you’re looking for authentic acoustic driven music delivered at its best, your search is over.”

Kilgore Special Event Coordinator & Main Street Manager Sonya Trout says she’s excited to bring a couple more familiar faces to the FA5 stage to close this year’s series of free concerts: in April, the Harvest Moon Countrygrass Band opened the 2018 lineup in the Texan Theater after rain forced a move from the World’s Richest Acre. Nature struck again the first Friday in May, and the Texan hosted a double-header with the Kilgore High School Orchestra and Conjunto Dispuesto.

In June, Maryah McHam and Martyn Popey brought their jazz stylings to the Acre (under clear skies), and the city’s Fourth of July Extravaganza took the place of the Friday concert in July. Last month, the local rockers of Teazur drew a healthy crowd for the first-Friday concert, shifted to the amphitheater.

Notably, Trout said, there will be a number of vendors stationed on the hill at The Purple Hulls Sept. 7, “so people will sit closer to the stage for a more intimate concert with the performers.”

In addition to the free live music, the park’s Lazy Splash Ranch will be running for people who need to cool off, and an assortment of food and beverage concessionaires will be on-hand alongside the various merchandise sellers.

Fridays After 5 concerts are bring-your-own-chair events. In the event of a rainout, the concert will move to the Texan Theater on South Kilgore Street. For more information, visit KilgoreMainStreet.com


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