Summer is coming and what better way to spend a few warm evenings than enjoying Northeast State’s annual “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series. The series begins June 11 and includes local, regional, and nationally known musical artists taking the stage.
All shows are free and open to the public. All performances are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the College’s Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. This year’s lineup features traditional country and folk artists as well as soul, shape-note, and big band performances.
Trey Hensley and Rob Ickes, June 11 – A collaborative effort between two uniquely gifted musicians provides a great opening to this year’s concert series. Rob Ickes is a longtime, well-established instrumental giant with his band Blue Highway. Trey Hensley is a local son from Jonesborough making his mark in Music City. The duo’s recent album Before the Sun Goes Down blends bluegrass and traditional country with nods to legends in both styles.
Muriel Anderson & Jack Pearson, June 28 – Muriel Anderson is considered among the top acoustic nylon-string guitarists / harp-guitarists in the world. She is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. She is joined on stage by Jack Pearson. Formerly of the Allman Brothers Band, Pearson’s musicianship and vocals have made him one of the most sought after studio musicians in Nashville.
The Johnson City Community Band, July 9 – Founded in 1983 by faculty members from East Tennessee State University, the Johnson City Community Band is made up of approximately 60 members and associate members who have diverse backgrounds in music.
Gus Moon, July 14 – Gus Moon members Anthony Mullis and Dennis Furr began playing music together in a coffeehouse in Indiana. Mullis is a tremendous singer/songwriter whose voice embodies the characters and place of his songs. With two full length albums and two EPs under their belt, Gus Moon is touring across North America including a much-anticipated stop at Northeast State.
The Billy Crawford Band, July 16 – Billy Crawford was raised playing bass in church, then gaining an early hard-rock pedigree on electric guitar playing with blues-rocker Deborah Coleman. Today, his Bristol-based Billy Crawford Band includes some of that region’s finest blues men. The fire is still burning blue from Crawford’s Guitar, as he rips through blues, ballads, rock, surf, even New Orleans-style.
The Frito Puente Band, July 26 – 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. Latin Jazz with a spicy blend of standards and originals with Bill Perkins on guitar, Sam Burke on bass, & Jose Castillo on Congas & Percussion.
Tri-Cities Shaped-Note Convention Annual Concert, July 28 – 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 19th century. Check out this unique musical style returning to the WRCPA stage.
The Spirit of Soul Dance Band, July 30 – The eleven-piece Spirit of Soul Dance Band has quickly become one of the area’s most popular bands, with its incredible ability to cover the best in dance music. Enjoy music from five decades spanning the 60’s best songs to favorites in the 70’s, 80’s and more including classic Soul, smooth R&B, Disco, Beach Music and Shag. You can hear favorite tunes by Earth, Wind and Fire, The Temptations, Wilson Pickett, Natalie Cole and more.
For more information about the summer concerts visit www.northeaststate.edu or contact 423.279.7669.