After this, Exile will play for an approximately 45-minute set, starting around 8 p.m.
Exile has been active since 1963, and had their biggest hit with “Kiss You All Over” in 1978. Other well-known tunes include “Woke Up in Love, “I Don’t Want to Be a Memory,” and “I Can’t Get Close Enough.”
Exile entered the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2013, and toured with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars in their early days.
The band, formerly known as The Exiles, formed in Richmond, but played often in Somerset — where Hargis attended Pulaski County High School, in the 1960s, becoming well known to local fans of the popular music at the time.
“My dad used to run the armory; (the band) used to play over there (and) they’d play at the fairgrounds,” said Wilson. “Every year, they’d play in the rain. People would be out dancing in five inches of red clay mud.
“They were Somerset’s adopted band,” he added.
Tickets are $10, and can be purchased in advance or the day of the show at Somersport Park. You can purchase tickets at Somerset City Hall, SomerSplash Water Park, and at the City of Somerset website (www.cityofsomerset.com). Wilson said he expected between 4,000 and 6,000 people in attendance, as well as vendors and a good time for all in a music-loving community.
“This is not something to compete with the Masters Musicians Festival. We’re just looking for a good way to give the people of Somerset a place to go and recognize one of our own,” said Wilson. “This has turned into quite a musical area. It shows young people that if you chase your dream, it can come true, even here in Somerset, Ky.”