The Billies return for concert, songwriting workshops

Northeast State welcomes back the grand groove duo The Billies for three days of “Eclectic Neo Soul” with not one, but two, songwriting workshops and a free evening concert.

The Billies will host two songwriting workshops on Oct. 21 and Oct. 23 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. in the Northeast State Auditorium (A202) on the main campus.  Singers and songwriters can get a fun opportunity to learn about creative songwriting and musical expression.

The Billies
The Billies

The duo will perform a full concert on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Northeast State Auditorium (A202) on the main campus, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The Billies are vocalist Chrisie Santoni, who also plays guitar and keyboards, and Craig Smith on percussion and vocals.  Based in Lancaster, Penn., The Billies have coined a unique style they call Low Country Groove. Their sound is a musical gumbo with hints of folk, Americana, country, pop, rock and a little dash of chill. Since 2006, the duo has played hundreds of shows in coffeehouses, wineries, farmers markets, restaurants, and college campuses.

The Billies are Northeast State favorites being featured for two consecutive years in the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the Oct. 22 concert.  For information about the workshops or concert, visit The Billies on Facebook or contact 279.7669 or e-mail

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