Archives for September 2018

Johnson City Community Drum Circle

The Johnson City Community Drum Circle meets every Wednesday through October starting at 7 p.m. inside the Farmers’ Market Pavilion next to Founders Park. Everyone is welcome and anybody can play. Come drum, hoop/holler, dance, or just relax and take in the scene, no experience or “talent” necessary. There are shared instruments and of course you can bring your own drums or percussion. Get details at

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens’ classic “Great Expectations” is at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon through November 9th. In a humorous and moving adaptation of Dickens’ tale, Barter’s Playwright-in-Residence Catherine Bush amazes audiences as the story comes bursting to life in a stylized and fast-paced world that is sure to leave you gasping for breath and on your feet with excitement. Pip, a poor orphan child in 19th century England, is mysteriously plucked from obscurity by the wealthy and decaying Miss Havisham, changing his life forever. Get tickets at

Michael D. Doubler

On Sunday, November 4, at 1:00 p.m., Michael D. Doubler, the author of Dixie Dewdrop: The Uncle Dave Macon Story and the great-grandson of Uncle Dave, will give a presentation in the Birthplace of Country Music’s Performance Theater entitled “Uncle Dave Macon: Unknown Elements of Success.” Mike will explain those key factors in Uncle Dave’s individual background, musical experience, personal attributes, and family setting which helped him to achieve stardom and sustained his career for over three decades. Doubler’s talk will be followed by a book-signing of Dixie Dewdrop. Get details at

Megan Jean

Megan Jean and The Klay Family Band will have an Album Release Party at The Willow Tree Coffeehouse & Music Room in Johnson City on Friday, October 12th at 8 p.m. In the four years since their last album, Megan Jean has retained her “hurricane of a voice” that fits so well with the “the engine-room thrum-and-stomp of her husband Byrne Klay on banjo and bass drum.” The duo recorded their new album “Tarantistas” at The Jam Room in Columbia and can’t wait to share it with the world. Get tickets at


The “Madras Maiden” a restored WWII B-17 “flying fortress” bomber is taking to the skies over Sevierville Saturday and Sunday. The event is part of the Liberty Foundation’s 2018 Salute to Veterans Tour, which is celebrating the 73rd anniversary of the end of World War II. The public is invited to take rides on the historic aircraft Saturday and Sunday from the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation, 135 Air Museum Way. “Folks can come out the day of the event or simply call 678-589-7433 to reserve the day and time they choose with just a name and phone number,” according to event organizer Scott Maher, of the Liberty Foundation. Maher said that this is the famous Boeing B-17’s first visit to Sevierville.


Coming soon to the Barter Theatre, it’s “Sally McCoy” Thursday, October 4, through Saturday, November 10. The Barter at 110 West Main Street in Abingdon. Sally MCoy By Alice Stanley In the midst of the first gruesomely violent event of the legendary Hatfield and McCoy feud, one woman does what she must to save her family. Sally McCoy tells a harrowing and deeply personal story which takes a hard look at how women’s stories and perspectives are too often excluded from our historical narratives. Set in August 1882, Sally’s three eldest sons are captured by the Hatfield clan. Sally defies her womanly place in the home and crosses miles of Appalachian wilderness in the dark of night to save her children from certain death at the vengeful hands of the Hatfields. After traveling all those miles alone, she arrives at the home of the Hatfield patriarch, “Devil” Anse Hatfield, and refuses to let anything stand in her way until she has seen the “Devil” face to face. Dont miss Sally McCoy at the Barter. For more info, call the Box Office: 276-628-3991.

Thompson Square

Thompson Square will be coming to the Freedom Hall Civic Center Arena on Saturday, November 1st at 8 p.m. Funds raised will benefit residents of Kingsport and Johnson City, TN and Washington and Sullivan Counties. Proceeds will help by: providing smoke detectors for families, helping fund the Community Fire Relief Fund for victims of fire, providing funding for the Children’s Fire Safety program and continued education and specialized training for firefighters. Details are online at

Wilson Fairchild

Wilson Fairchild will take the stage at The Lincoln Theater in Marion this Friday, September 28th at 8pm. Cousins Wil and Langdon Reid bring classic country along with their originals, and mix in comedy and amazing pickin’ for a show that will entertain the entire family. Find out more at

Tanya Tucker

Country legend Tanya Tucker is coming to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville on Saturday, October 27th at 7:30 p.m. From the signature classic songs to the unforgettable sass and soul of her voice, Tanya Tucker has paved a path in country music and beyond. For four decades, Tanya’s sultry voice and vivacious stage presence has helped to make her one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the Country music genre. Tanya’s reign includes 23 Top 40 albums and a string of 56 Top 40 singles, with 10 reaching the #1 spot on the Billboard charts. Get tickets at

EmiSunshine Christmas Show

It’s never too late to start thinking about the holidays. In that vein, the Paramount Bristol presents the EmiSunshine Christmas Show with special guest Etta May on Sunday, December 16th at 5 p.m. A “mind-bogglingly” talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, EmiSunshine is “one of the 10 new country artists you need to know” according to Rolling Stone Magazine. This is a family friendly Christmas themed show with opening performance by Etta May. Get tickets and details at