Tonic to Join Vertical Horizon as Festival at the Switchyard Opener; Stay Tuned for Headliner Announcement
With six top 10 singles, more than 4 million records sold, and multiple Grammy nominations, Tonic is a musical powerhouse that has helped usher rock ‘n’ roll into the 21st century. The group released their debut album, Lemon Parade, in 1996, which reached platinum status with its featured monster hit “If You Could Only See.”
They went on to release studio albums Sugar in 1999 and Head On Straight in 2002, as well as a live EP, Live & Enhanced in 1999. Some of their best-known songs from those albums include “You Wanted More,” “Mean to Me,” and “Take Me as I Am.” The band also released a self-titled album in May 2010, which appeared on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, in the top 50 on the Billboard Rock Album Chart, and in the top 25 on the Billboard Independent Album Chart. The single, “Release Me,” charted in the top 30 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Chart.
After touring for 10 years, the group decided to take a break to focus on family and other creative outlets. It wasn’t long before the band was back at it and recording again. Tonic released Lemon Parade Revisited in 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut album, and continues to tour today.
“When we play music together it feels like going home,” singer and guitarist Emerson Hart said. “Getting together and playing some rock ‘n’ roll is the best feeling in the world.”
In addition to free concerts, the award-winning Festival at the Switchyard features free live entertainment, free rides and games, free activities for children of all ages, and an array of food vendors and Festival booths to shop from. The event is held on the streets of Downtown Carrollton, just off IH-35E and Belt Line Road, steps away from the DART Green Line Downtown Carrollton Station.
Festival sponsors to date include Atmos Energy, Bath Expo and Window Expo, Dallas Observer, DART, DFW Child Magazine, Frost Bank, iHeartRadio, and Suburban Parent Magazine.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event, which hosted more than 40,000 patrons in 2017. Applications are also being accepted for craft and artisan vendors with an early bird discount offered for applications received prior to Wednesday, August 1. Food vendor spots have been filled.
This year’s Festival headliner will be announced next month, so stay connected on all Festival entertainment information at carrolltonfestival.com, and on social media at facebook.com/CarrolltonFestival and twitter.com/CarrolltonFest. For more information about Tonic, visit toniconline.com.