Spirit of Soul Dance Band pays tribute to Northeast State with 50 years of music

The Northeast State Community College Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series wraps up on a scorching hot note when the Spirit of Soul Dance Band pays tribute to the College’s 50th anniversary with music from 1966 to the present.

Spirit of Soul takes the stage July 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Center Theater at the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Admission is free and open to the public. The performance celebrates Northeast State’s 50th Anniversary with music from the 1960s up to the present. Audience members should bring their dancing shoes!

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.

The Spirit of Soul Dance Band is composed of professionals and accomplished musicians who perform the best music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, along with soulful sophistication and utmost versatility. Enjoy music from five decades of music including classic Soul, smooth R&B, Disco, Beach Music and Shag.

The Spirit of Soul Dance Band.
The Spirit of Soul Dance Band

Jeff Williams is lead singer with a long history of vocal accomplishments. Robin Williams, Jeff’s wife is one of the band’s two female vocalists. She spent time in musical theater and later toured the Southeast with a Dinner Show Band. Robin also takes lead on many of our songs.

Mary Duke McCartt adds her sweet harmonies and leads to the group.  Chuck Gordon and Bill Derby both play lead and rhythm guitars and have played music together since age 15. Over the years Chuck studied jazz guitar and theory, and Bill played and toured with numerous bands while in the service.  Howard Bloom the group’s bass player, brings his talent that is so important to the R&B, Soul and Beach Music sound. Sam Huddleston, playing tenor sax, has played and toured with several soul bands from the late 60s.

Melanie Aldridge brings to the horn section a strong trumpet, along with flute and background vocals.  Norman Gray plays a soulful trumpet putting out pure sound that completes the brass section. Norman has a long background in music, playing with many brass ensembles and the community concert bands. Don Nickell brings many years of experience to the band since picking up a pair of drumsticks at age 15. Don’s music experience includes years of playing Rock n’ Roll, Southern Rock and Rhythm and Blues. Fred Goodwin, the group’s keyboard artist, started his music career at age 13 and has played with many groups including Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, John Denver, Glen Miller, and B.B. King.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the WRCPA Theater. For more information visit www.northeaststate.edu or contact 423.279.7669.

Northeast State hosts 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.

Check out this fascinating musical style when the Tri-Cities Shaped-Note Convention Annual Concert comes to Northeast State on July 28 at 7:00 p.m. The concert is being held at the College’s Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater located on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The band’s performance is part of the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series. Admission is free and open to the public. The performance celebrates Northeast State’s 50th Anniversary.

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Shaped-note singing returns to the WRCPA on July 28.

“Shape-note” refers to a musical notation system designed to make reading music easy. Notes with note-heads of different shapes represent the four corresponding syllables: fa, sol, la, and mi. The style began in New England in the 18th century and made its way to the Southern states where it enjoyed popularity through the mid-19th century.

Basically, shaped-notes allow for a simplified way to read music. Based on squares, ovals, diamonds, and triangles – the distinctive shapes of the notes instantly tell what pitch to sing. The style gained a great following in colonial times when many singers were musically untrained. The music has a distinctive modal sound, where each voice part is interesting and melodic. The singing is usually exuberant, rhythmic and full of feeling!

For more information about this or other events in the Hot Nights, Cool Music series, visit www.NortheastState.edu or contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.

Workforce Solutions offers fall phlebotomy class

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State is offering a fall class in phlebotomy, which is projected to be one of the fastest growing health-care occupations in the next decade.

Phlebotomists specialize in drawing blood and work in hospitals, clinics, medical offices, laboratories, and public health facilities. Phlebotomists are crucial members of a medical team, providing quality laboratory samples and patient/donor care in a variety of medical settings.

Individuals interested in starting a career in the medical field, prospective patient care technicians, current nurses, or those looking to develop skills may be good candidates for the program. The training includes theory and hands-on instruction during the class. The course includes labs in a hospital setting and 100 documePhlebotomyClassTwitterGraphicnted sticks.

Students will gain the technical knowledge required to assist them in passing the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification examination, which is included in the course.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Class Dates: Sept. 13 – Nov. 29, 2016

Course Hours: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Regional Center for Health Professions Building in Kingsport, 300 W. Main St. 

Fees: $675 (includes the NHA Certification Exam)

Registration deadline: Sept. 6, 2016 

The course’s instructor has been a phlebotomist for many years and has taught phlebotomy since 2005. Credentials include a bachelor’s in Management, and a master’s in Education.

For more information and how to register for this class, please contact Rebecca Moody with Workforce Solutions at 423.354.5353 or rzmoody@northeaststate.edu.

Northeast State welcomes the Frito Puente Band July 26

The Frito Puente Band brings their sizzling Latin jazz fusion to Northeast State on July 26 as part of the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series.

This well-respected Tri-Cities trio takes the stage at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater, located on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The performance celebrates Northeast State’s 50th Anniversary.

Frito Puente Band
Frito Puente Band

Frito Puente is Latin Jazz with a spicy blend of standards and originals with Bill Perkins on guitar, Sam Burke on bass, and Jose Castillo on Congas & Percussion. Perkins and Burke have played together in various jazz, blues, and rock groups for over 30 years. Perkins has been playing guitar since 1971 and has appeared on stage in the United States, Germany, Malta, Brazil, and Mexico.

In his extensive travels, Burke has played with symphonies, garage bands, power trios, R&B show bands, folk bands, lounge bands, and bar bands. Castillo joined the band 15 years ago. He has played trumpet, flugle horn, guitar, and percussion and spearheads the Latin sound that has defined this latest rendition of this ensemble.

Frito Puente’s style spans Latin-flavored artists like Santana, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Chick Corea, jazz standards from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Thelonius Monk, and original compositions.  For more information about this or other upcoming concerts in the Hot Nights, Cool Music series, visit www.NortheastState.edu or contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu

The Billy Crawford Band turns Northeast State blue on July 16

What better way to spend summer evenings than enjoying Northeast State’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series?

The summer burns blue this month when the Billy Crawford Band lays down a blistering set of blues music on July 16 at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the Blountville campus, next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.  Admission is free and open to the public. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The performance celebrates Northeast State’s 50th Anniversary.

Blues guitar might be associated with Mississippi, Texas and Chicago, but a man of the mid-South has something to say about that. Billy Crawford was raised playing bass in church, then gaining an early hard-rock pedigree on electric guitar. But for the past three decades, he has turned his six-string action toward the blues.

His Bristol-based Billy Crawford Band includes some of the region’s finest blues men. Crawford’s guitar rips through blues, ballads, rock, surf even New Orleans-style. Along for the ride with Crawford are singer/guitarist Rex Boggs, sax man Jay Corder, bassist Robert McClain, and drummer Keith Chinault.

Like a lot of kids growing up in East Tennessee, Crawford dug into hard rock. Randy Rhoads, Ritchie Blackmore and Gary Moore were big influences. But like Moore, Crawford turned to the blues. B.B. King and Elvis Presley were his earliest influences.

The late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s work turned Crawford on his head, after he saw the Strat-master on television in 1984. But it would take two more years for Crawford to find musicians willing and able to play that style.

In 1997, Crawford led a band to a win at the Piedmont Blues Competition, in Winston-Salem, N.C. It earned Crawford and the act a trip to Memphis for the International Blues Competition. They didn’t win, but folks noticed Crawford’s blistering style.

Calls came in for gigs, but he held out, remaining loyal to his band until Deborah Coleman came calling. She was new, unknown and just signed to Blind Pig Records. He took the gig and hit the road with Coleman, playing 18 states over 12 weeks. Over the next six years, he recorded four albums with her, working with legendary producer Jim Gaines and top players from across the country.

When the band wasn’t recording, it was on the road, touring in 20 countries. Among those experiences was one that meant the world to Crawford. He performed with the late Vaughan’s band, Double Trouble.

The circle would come back to Bristol, though, after his wife told him she was pregnant. He left the road in fall of 2002. But he never put down his guitar. Billy Crawford and his band can lay down a mean set of blues music. Catch this phenomenal local talent at Northeast State.

The concert is open to the public and sponsored by the College’s Cultural Activities Committee.  For more information, contact 423.279.7669.