Northeast State welcomes the Cody Blackbird Band June 15

As a traditional flutist and singer Cody Blackbird has been recognized as one of the top Native American flutists touring today, reaching over 120 communities annually.

Cody and his Cody Blackbird Band kick off the “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series at Northeast State on June 15. The series features local, regional, and nationally known musical artists.

Cody Blackbird (Photo courtesy of Cody Blackbird)

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater at the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at www.northeaststate.edu/tickets, by calling 423.354.5169, or at the door. Northeast State students with ID are admitted free.

Cody is of the Eastern Band Cherokee and Roma descent. His father is Thomas Blackbird, an accomplished American Indian Cowboy poet. Cody found his calling as a musician and has had worldwide success with his band the Cody Blackbird Band. Starting as a traditional flutist and singer, he recorded the album Raven Speaks Cody recorded the album Raven Speaks which garnered him a nomination at the 2010 Native American Music (NAMMY) Awards for Best Debut Artist. Blending the old with the new, Cody merges the Native American flute with powerful vocals into contemporary blues-rock sounds. The band has been compared to a hybrid Native version of the famous Blues rock band Blues Traveler.

The band recently received attention and praise from luminaries including Mike Posner and the Steve Miller Band’s Kenny Lee Lewis as well as Kris Kristofferson and others. Featured on NBC, PBS, CNN and The New York Times, Cody has performed over 1,500 shows both nationally and internationally. The Cody Blackbird Band has shared the bill with such artists as Michael Franti, Arlo Guthrie, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Rickey Medlocke, Buffy St. Marie, Peter Paul and Mary’s Peter Yarrow, and reggae legends “Big Mountain” among others.

Blackbird collaborated in 2014 with Lakota Producer Terrance to create the album Euphoria, an exploration of merging Native American flute with celestial synth key and drums to create an album that lives up to its name. Euphoria placed number 17 on the iTunes and Billboard New Age charts and was featured in Top 40 and was nominated at the 2016 NAMMY Awards.

The band will also hold a workshop at 3:00 p.m. on the Blountville campus. Contact Jim Kelly at jpkelly@northeaststate.edu to sign up.

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

Sign Up for Summer – Anatomy & Physiology I

Medical career majors rejoice! Prof. Michele Glass teaches a class of Human Anatomy and Physiology I with two lab sections during the full summer term. Summer classes begin today. Space remains open for a few more motivated students. This course and lab sections begin Monday, June 5. 

A core course for our popular Health-Related Professions and Sciences degree programs, the A & P I ( BIOL 2010/ CRN 50023) lecture is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, in the Powers Building, on the Blountville campus. Two lab sections are available from 8:20 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

The knee bone connected to the thigh bone.

Human Anatomy and Physiology I introduces students to the structures and functions of the human body, which includes basic anatomical organization and directional terminology, cell biology, and the body’s skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Course prerequisites are all math learning support courses, ENGL 0870, READ 0870, or appropriate entrance scores.

Summer classes offer students a great way to earn credit hours, fast-track certificate or degree paths, or simply learn more about a new subject. First- and full-term summer classes begin June 1.

For more information contact Prof. Glass at pmglass@northeaststate.edu.

Sign Up for Summer: Psychology

Psychology. It gets you thinking.

A popular core course for many majors, General Psychology is available this summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., in the Humanities Bldg., H245, on the Blountville campus. A web course in General Psychology is also available on Thursday evening, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Humanities Bldg., H252.

A hybrid course in General Psychology is also available during the first summer term at the Bristol and Johnson City campuses on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. The hybrid course requires an iPad.

Psychology plays a critical role in our daily lives.

Summer classes offer students a great way to earn credit hours, fast-track their certificate or degree paths, or simply learn more about a new subject. First- and full-term summer classes begin on June 1.

Students enrolling in General Psychology should have completed ENGL 0870 and READ 0870 or appropriate entrance scores in testing.

This link provides more information about the course. Both courses are transferable and meet the Tennessee Board of Regents/Northeast State’s General Education Core requirements.

Hot Nights, Cool Music series returns this summer

Summer’s here and the time is right for spending warm evenings enjoying Northeast State’s annual “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series. The series features local, regional, and nationally known musical artists taking the stage.

All performances are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the College’s Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

 All events are free and open to the public.

 This year’s lineup features Native American, country, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll artists as well as shaped-note, and big band performances.

The Cody Blackbird Band, June 15 – Blending the old with the new, Blackbird merges the Native American flute with powerful vocals into contemporary blues rock sounds with The Cody Blackbird Band. The band has been compared to a hybrid Native version of the famous Blues rock band, Blues Traveler. Blackbird will also hold a workshop at 3 p.m. on the Blountville campus. Contact Jim Kelly at jpkelly@northeaststate.edu to sign up.

 

Caravan
The Caravan of Thieves band returns to the NE State stage June 22.

Caravan of Thieves, June 22 – Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass, and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It’s theatrical and humorous. It’s musical and intense. It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming spectators to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps, and sing-alongs. If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp, and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton’s house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired.

Reagan Boggs, July 7 – Pound, Va. native Reagan Boggs has drawn comparisons to Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Kitty Wells, and Emmylou Harris. Her newest release, Empty Glasses, features 12 original tunes and a cover of the Carter Family’s The Storms are on the Ocean. She is a two-time Mountain Stage performer and will be featured this summer on the PBS broadcast of Song of the Mountains.

 The Johnson City Community Band, July 22 – Step back in time to the age of the big bands when the Johnson City Community Band takes the stage. Founded in 1983 by faculty members from East Tennessee State University, the Johnson City Community Band is made up of about 60 members and associate members who have diverse backgrounds in music.

Tri-Cities Shaped-Note Convention Annual Concert, July 27 – 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.

Sign Up for Summer: Astronomy

Galaxies. Nebulae. Black holes. The universe has all these things and much more. Learn about our solar system and beyond in two Astronomy classes offered this summer at the Blountville campus.

The Orion Nebula (Photo courtesy of NASA).

Astronomy I, lecture and lab, is being offered Tuesday evenings, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., at the Wade Powers Bldg., Room B113.  Astronomy II, lecture and lab, is offered Wednesday evenings, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., at the Powers Bldg., B113.

Summer classes offer students a great way to earn credit hours, fast-track their certificate or degree paths, or simply learn more about a new subject. First- and full-term summer classes begin on June 1.

Students enrolling in Astronomy should have completed all required math learning support courses and READ 0870 or posted appropriate entrance scores in testing.

These two courses earn four credit hours. This link provides more information about the content for both courses. Both courses are transferable and meet the Tennessee Board of Regents/Northeast State’s General Education Core requirements.