Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series returns

Northeast State presents a summer of musical concerts at the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Center Theater on the main campus in Blountville.

The Third Annual Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series features local, regional, and nationally known artists bringing eclectic sounds of music to the stage.  All shows are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.  All shows are free and open to the public.  The concert series, which has already featured concerts by guitarist Martin Taylor and the Carnival of Thieves ensemble, continues with the following performances.

Michael Beller and AS IS
Michael Beller and AS IS

Michael Bellar and AS IS Ensemble, June 24 – This alt-jazz group has opened has performed at such venues as Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the NYC Winter Jam, and the JVC and Bell Atlantic jazz festivals. The ensemble was formerly the house band at the world-famous Blue Note jazz club in New York City.

Lovely Goodbye, June 28 Drawing on a long tradition of artists that balance themes of addiction, love lost, and new starts, Lovely Goodbye plays a style of music that is at once familiar to you, yet pushes on the boundaries of traditional rock.

Wise Old River, July 5 – Wise Old River shares songs about the human condition, human experience, times of need, times of pain, times of being lost and times of being found, our searching, and finding hope, grace and truth as well as our times of spiritual growth.

The Johnson City Community Band, July 13 – This local concert band is made up of approximately 60 volunteer members who have diverse backgrounds in music and present a wide variety of concert music, from traditional Sousa marches to contemporary songs in unique arrangements. The JCCB is back by popular demand from last summer’s series.

Samantha Gray and Rock-A-Bye Blue, Aug. 2 – Samantha Gray is a singer, songwriter and visual artist.  Her unique voice has been described as soulful, sultry and powerful. Also known for her vintage style and hip shaking performances, she really knows how to engage her audience. Melding the influences of Classic R&B, Blues and Rock’n’Roll, she combines all of these influences into her own brand of Blues and Roots Music, Rock, and Jazz.

Dale Jett and Hello Stranger, Aug. 10 – Singer and musician, Dale Jett is a native of Southwest Virginia. He is a third generation member of the legendary Carter Family.  Growing up within the Carter Family, Dale has been influenced by many musicians and styles of music. He excels at playing guitar and Autoharp. But, it is ultimately his voice that arrests you as a powerful and compelling instrument, both delicate and haunting. His performances and recordings with his band Hello Stranger will ring true to the soul.

For more information about the summer concerts visit or contact 423.279.7669 or

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