On Aug. 14, WKML presents the second New Artist Showcase Parking Lot Party of the season. The Parking Lot Parties serve a dual purpose for the local country music community: It provides a platform for new talent to be heard and to gain performing experience, and it provides the audience with an evening of new music and good times. It is an all-around fun time and great event. 

Opening the Parking Lot Party is Dakota Bradley. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Bradley’s first love was sports. But when he discovered an old guitar hidden in the basement of his home, everything changed. He found his calling. Since then Bradley has immersed himself in music, starting his first band in eighth grade. That group even won a “Battle of the Bands” contest. Music is his passion and he is pursuing it relentlessly with a joy and excitement that is evident when he performs. 

Jackie Lee is also scheduled to perform. He was born in Maryville, Tennessee, in 1991, and began his music career at the tender age of 6 working with Carson Chamberlain. His style is that of a contemporary country rocker, but his powerful vocals lend themselves well to the classic crooning love songs that define country, as well. He takes inspiration from the great classic country stars as well as the newer country rockers, which gives him a unique and versatile style. 

Lauren Alaina is the headliner. The past American Idol contestant’s love of music was evident to her family from an early age when she constantly sang along to music in the car and in their home. They realized she was blessed with a rare talent. Early on, her talent was recognized by the community and fostered by her family. Her youthful passion and ambition brings an energy to the stage that can’t be manufactured. 

In addition to these fantastic musicians, look for plenty of other entertaining activities for fans and families to enjoy such as corn hole toss. Various food trucks will offer a range of foods and a beer garden filled with refreshing brews will provide all the delicious snacks and libations necessary for an excellent party.

The Parking Lot Party is at the Crown Coliseum Complex, located at 1960 Coliseum Dr. Tickets are $10 or $5 for WKML All-Access Members and Crown Insiders. Tickets are available online at CrownComplexNC.com, at the Crown Box Office, or by phone at 1-888-257-6208. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating. The Parking Lot Party is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. Dakota Bradley will open at 7 p.m., followed by Jackie Lee at 7:30 p.m., ith Lauren Alaina preforming at 8:30 p.m. The final New Artist Showcase Parking Lot Party of the season will be held on Sept. 18 during the County Fair. For more information, visit www.wkml.com. 


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