Archives for June 2019


Coming to the Abingdon Market Pavilion on the fourth of July, its gritty guitar-slinging, rock and blues-belting singer Carolyn Wonderland! On tour as the lead guitarist for British blues legend John Mayall, Wonderland spliet for a solo jaunt next week…First stop, Abingdon Virginia’s Thursday Jams series at the Market Pavilion with local phenom James Denton openiing. Between John Mayall and her solo work, Wonderland has 144 shows this year. Wonderland grew ulp during the musically fertile 1970s and 80s…Her mother played guitar, who favoredand electric Fender Stratocaster. Her inspirations have been Albert Collins, Danny Gatton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Willie Nelson, to name a few. Wonderland appears in Abingdon at Thurssday Jams on the Fourth of July…


Gov’t Mule is coming to Bristol, to bring their own special brand of live music. With a huge repertoire the set list will be a magical journey unfolding the musical magic of Warren Haynes on guitar and vocals, Matt Abts Drum, Jorgen Carlsson on bass completing the rhythm section and Danny Louis on organ and keyboards. These musicians create a crescendo of sounds as they jam and move around the music never chaotic, the journey is wild and exciting and they always know the route home. The electrifying mystery and delight for fans is what will they pick from the albums that preserve the sweetest Mule jams. Govt Mule plays at the Highland Brewing Company Wednesday July 3rd…

Air Force Band of Mid-America

The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America represents the professionalism and excellence found every day throughout the Air Force. This diverse, 45-piece ensemble will play the paramount Bristol on Friday, July 26th at 7 p.m. with a repertoire that ranges from symphonic band masterworks to pops and jazz. You’re likely to hear stirring works from contemporary composers as well as the familiar sounds of John Philip Sousa or Major Glenn Miller. The band also features talented vocal soloists, performing a wide variety of popular, classical, and patriotic selections. Find out more at

Thursday Jams

Abingdon Music Experience’s 7th annual Thursday Jams concert series features some of the hottest names in Americana and Roots music. The popular summer series runs through July 18th at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. Each week includes free, family-friendly live music, plus food trucks and a beer garden. Closing out the series July 18 is acclaimed singer-songwriter John Paul White, who originally gained fame as one-half of the Grammy Award-winning duo The Civil Wars. Get a look at the lineup at

Ken Burns’ Country Music

East Tennessee PBS, in partnership with the Paramount Center for the Arts and ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program, presents an advance screening of Ken Burns’s Country Music on Thursday, July 18th at the Paramount Bristol. The documentary series chronicles the history of a uniquely American art form. From southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith to the rollicking western swing of Texas, from California honky-tonks to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, it follows the evolution of Country Music over the course of the twentieth century, as it eventually emerged to become “America’s music.” The event is free and open to the public with an online reservation. You can do that at There will also be a special pre-show performance by students in ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies program that begins at 6:30 pm.

La Cage Aux Folles

La Cage Aux Folles runs through August 24th at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon. Based on the French movie of the same name, which later spawned the American movie “The Birdcage,” this Jerry Herman musical remains one of the all-time biggest hits worldwide. This multi-Tony Award-wining musical tells the story of a middle-aged show business couple, grappling with aging, fidelity, kids, and holding on to their dignity when the world around them would rather strip it away. La Cage Aux Folles is a fabulously fun musical about family, identity and loving who you are. An Open-Caption Performance will be availableon Friday, July 12 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. Get tickets at

High Test Bluegrass

High Test Bluegrass will play Bristol’s Sounds of Summer Concert Series on Tuesday, July 2nd at 7 p.m. at the Downtown Center. Started in 2015 in Southwest Virginia, the band spent years of working with top national artist such as Larry Sparks, Blue Moon Rising, Tommy Webb, Fastlane, Fescue, Moccasin Gap, and the Scott County Boys. High Test Grass has a new CD “Requests and Favorites” that features requested songs from fans and favorite songs of the band. Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Find out more at

Night of Improv

Join a fun and crazy “Night of Improv” July 12th and 13th at the Lamplight Theatre in Kingsport. Based on the hit show “Whose Line is it Anyway”, the evening will include a la carte appetizers and desserts along with the improvisational shenanigans. Go to for details.

BTE World Footbrake Challenge

The BTE World Footbrake Challenge XIII returns to Bristol Dragway July 4th through the 7th as the best footbrake racers in the country slug it out for some big checks in this unparalleled bracket race. The winner of each day’s events will walk away with $10,000 dollars. Get details at

38 Special

38 Special will play Friday, August 23rd at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville. Tickets go on sale on Monday, July 1st at 10 a.m. After more than four decades together, 38 Special continues to bring a signature blast of Southern Rock including arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” and “Fantasy
Girl,” to name just a few. Since 1976, the band has released more than 15 albums. From the start, they have toured relentlessly, bringing their signature brand of “muscle and melody” to fans worldwide. Find out more at