Hot Nights, Cool Music returns

Summer time and the music is free and easy! Northeast State Community College presents the “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series beginning June 12 with seven shows over seven weeks.

The series schedule includes local, regional, and nationally known artists bringing eclectic sounds of music to the stage. All shows are free and open to the public. All shows are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts at the main campus in Blountville. The concert series features the following performers:

Curt Mathson and the Nostalgia Dance Band, June 12 – A Johnson City-based band playing Americana music at its best. Curt Mathson – piano and vocals – has performed for years as the area’s “One Man Band.” Melanie Glenn, vocals, dance and percussion, trained musically at the Trinity Arts Center. She has been writing and performing music for 7 years. Danny played lead sax in Science Hill High School’s award-winning jazz ensemble. He has performed in several R&B and jazz bands including the renowned Rick Simerly Jazz Ensemble.

The Hot Nights, Cool Music concert lineup.
The Hot Nights, Cool Music concert lineup.

Taikoza Japanese Flute and Drum Ensemble, June 26 – The unique International Taiko drums, Bamboo Flutes and Dance Ensemble that will blow your mind with their performance. The ensemble features soulful Shakuhachi music by a world Master accompanied by the powerful and ancestral Taiko drums of Taikoza.

The Beast, July 7 – Beautifully rebellious and refreshingly original, The Beast is one of the most imaginative bands to emerge from North Carolina’s burgeoning music scene. The Durham-based quartet fearlessly navigates worlds of hip hop and jazz with compelling lyrics, progressive compositions and a gripping live show. The Beast developed its sound at UNC-Chapel Hill where pianist Eric Hirsh, drummer Stephen Coffman, and bassist Peter Kimosh studied jazz, while emcee Pierce Freelon developed his lyricism in classrooms and music venues across campus.

The Johnson City Community Band, July 12 – The band is made up of approximately 60 members and associate members who have a diverse background in music. While lineups have changed over the years, one thing however has stayed the same – the band has grown and improved each year in the quality of members and quality of performances.

Rambling Rose Band, July 15 – The Ramblin’ Rose Band is an all-girl, all-family, band in touch with their roots. Ramblin’ Rose features vocalist Loretta Woodson, her two daughters Bayo Chewning and Renee Riddle, and granddaughter Kristin Jenkins on guitar, banjo, fiddle, and bass, respectively. This band of the three generations of gals is not only a rarity, but a testament to the connection of the family. This sublime blend of the vocal-harmonies in the Ramblin’ Rose band is related, literally.

The Frito Puente Band, July 18 – Local jazz aficionados are excited for the return of Frito Puente to stages around the region. After a 2 year relocation to Germany, jazz musician Bill Perkins is reunited in Johnson City, TN with his former band mates Sam Burke on bass and Jose Castillo on percussion. Frito Puente’s style spans Latin flavored artists like Santana and Chick Corea, jazz standards from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Thelonius Monk, and original compositions.

Tri-Cities Shaped-Note Singing Concert, July 24 – Shaped-note singing is an American tradition of hymn-singing that endures today in churches and annual singing schools and conventions. The style began in New England in the 18th century and made its way to the Southern states where it enjoyed popularity through the 1800s.

For more information about the summer concerts visit or contact 423.354.5169.

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