This year’s free 4thFest concert in Coralville is in a country state of mind. MCA Nashville recording artist and multi-platinum-selling star Josh Turner will headline Coralville’s free summer concert in S.T. Morrison Park on July 3 as part of the 2021 4thFest celebration.
For nearly two decades, Turner has been one of country music’s most recognizable voices, selling more than 8.5 million units and amassing more than 2.5 billion global streams. Turner’s new album is aptly titled “Country State of Mind.” From the very start of his career through chart-topping hits like “Your Man,” “Would You Go With Me,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” and “All Over Me,” Turner has immersed himself in country music’s history and its iconic figures.
As a student at Nashville’s Belmont University, he took an open gate on Johnny Cash’s property as a sign he should knock on the legendary singer’s door and introduce himself. “The doorknob wiggles, the door swings open, and there stands Johnny Cash,” Turner recalls. “He and I both jump back, because he didn’t expect to see me, and I sure didn’t expect him to answer the door.”
Later, as the hits came, along with multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations, Turner joined the Grand Ole Opry. One of country music’s oldest and most hallowed traditions, the Opry once counted Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, and George Jones among its ranks; now, Turner shares membership with heroes like Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, and Patty Loveless, as well as Chris Janson.
The annual free 4thFest concert takes place on the evening of July 3 in Coralville’s S.T. Morrison Park. Josh Turner will take the stage at 8:00 pm, preceded by The Danny Whitson Band at 6:30 pm. The concert is one of many long-standing Coralville Independence Day traditions, which include a parade and fireworks.
Plans are underway to ensure that 4thFest 2021 is a safe outdoor celebration that aligns with health guidelines. With ample space to spread out, increasing COVID-19 vaccinations in our community, and careful planning, 4thFest will provide a way for our community to safely come together in person. Additional details about guidelines will be released closer to the events. To learn more about 4thFest, visit www.coralville.org/4thFest.