Archives for April 2019

Pickin’ in The School-Yard

Join ETSU for “Pickin’ in The School-Yard” – an afternoon & evening of celebrating art on the front lawn and gymnasium of University School in Johnson City on Friday May 3rd. The event is an annual fundraiser for the Junior Appalachian Musician program (JAM) an after-school music program that introduces students to the Appalachian music of their communities and their region through small group instruction. It will include traditional music performances by JAM students, Elementary/Middle/High School students, and bands from the ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies Program. There is a $3 suggested admission with food trucks and art vendors offering their wares for purchase. Get the details at www.etsu.edu/uschool/clubs/pickin_schoolyard.php

Jake Krack

The Carter Family Memorial Music Center in Hiltons presents Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers Old Time Band this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Krack graduated from Berea College in 2007 where he was a recipient of the Red Foley Memorial Music Award. Now an alumni of Berea, he completed an internship at the Smithsonian Folklife Archives in Washington, D.C. and produced a traditional fiddle CD for the Smithsonian Folkways label. Performing with Jake will be the Bing Brothers. Formerly the Whoopin’ Hollar Band they feature Tim Bing on banjo, and Mike Bing will be playing mandolin. For more information, go to www.carterfamilyfold.org/

The Black Jacket Symphony

The Black Jacket Symphony will present Journey’s “Esc4p3” album on Thursday, May 2nd at the Paramount Bristol. As always, the Black Jacket Symphony will separate the performance into two sets — the first features the album being recreated as a true symphonic piece. The second set, which features a selection of the album artist’s “greatest hits”, opens in full contrast to the first set with an incredible light display and the symphony being much more laid back. The tone is set very quickly that this is going to be the musicianship of the first act paired with all the bells and whistles of a major rock and roll show. Tickets and details are online at paramountbristol.org

Willy Claflin

A musician and storyteller since the early 1980s, Willy Claflin tells original and traditional stories, and is the speaking-mouth-person for Maynard Moose, the only quadruped on the storytelling circuit. He also sings traditional ballads from the British Isles and Appalachia, blues, and his own original tunes. Claflin is performing this week as part of the 18th season of the International Storytelling Center’s signature concert series, Storytelling Live! in which a “teller in residence” is invited to Jonesborough for five days of live storytelling performances. Get the complete schedule and details at www.storytellingcenter.net

Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins will bring his towering baritone to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville on Sunday, May 19th at 7:30 p.m. Adkins has sold more than 11 million albums and charted more than 20 singles in his 25 years in Nashville, a remarkable run for one of country music’s most easily identifiable stars. The Louisiana native recently released his 12th studio album, Something’s Going On, and has also acted in multiple films and television shows, including The Lincoln Lawyer, Deepwater Horizon and Moms’ Night Out. Get your tickets at www.npacgreeneville.com

The Home Free Timeless World Tour

The Home Free Timeless World Tour is coming to the Paramount Bristol Theater on Sunday, May 5th at 8 p.m. The a cappella country music sensation brings Nashville country standards and country-dipped pop hits to the Paramount. The 5-man band, whose musical style meshes gospel, country and barbershop, is known for performances that mix their signature all-vocal music with quick-witted humor. Their appearance at the Paramount follows the release of their fourth studio album, TIMELESS, which debuted at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. The group took home the Grand Prize in the fourth season of NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2013. Get tickets at paramountbristol.org

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Outrageous high comedy ensues as the pangs of unrequited love affect the unforgettable characters of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon through May 4th. Get tickets and details at bartertheatre.com

The Texas Tenors

After thrilling audiences around the U.S. and abroad, The Texas Tenors bring their acclaimed RISE: LIVE ON TOUR to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville on Saturday, May 4th. The Billboard #1 recording artists and three-time Emmy Award-winners present an unforgettable musical experience the whole family can enjoy. From Puccini and John Denver to The Righteous Brothers, Bruno Mars and more, this one-of-a-kind concert features an array of country, classical, inspirational, gospel, and Broadway favorites. Get your tickets at www.npacgreeneville.com

Pickin’ in The School-Yard

Join ETSU for “Pickin’ in The School-Yard” – an afternoon & evening of celebrating art on the front lawn and gymnasium of University School in Johnson City on Friday May 3rd. The event is an annual fundraiser for the Junior Appalachian Musician program (JAM) an after-school music program that introduces students to the Appalachian music of their communities and their region through small group instruction. It will include traditional music performances by JAM students, Elementary/Middle/High School students, and bands from the ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies Program. There is a $3 suggested admission with food trucks and art vendors offering their wares for purchase. Get the details at www.etsu.edu/uschool/clubs/pickin_schoolyard.php

Stephanie Davidson

As Mother’s Day approaches, the LampLight Theatre in Kingsport is offering an evening of entertainment geared just for moms. What better way to pay tribute to the mothers in your life than an evening “out on the town.” Bring that special someone to downtown Kingsport on Mother’s Day weekend and celebrate her life and your love for her. LampLight Theatre will be hosting a special night with an intimate dinner theatre at The Emporium. Actress, playwright, and storyteller, Stephanie Davidson, will bring her talent and wit to the stage in “The Heart of the Mother”: A Night of Storytelling of Mothers of the Bible. Get details at lamplighttheatre.com