The Model City Wrecking Crew performs June 18

Steeped in great musicianship and the roots of rock and roll, The Model City Wrecking Crew brings their terrific rock music show to Northeast State this week.

The Crew performs  June 18 in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts, at the College’s Blountville campus, next to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The band’s performance is part of the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series. The show is free and open to the public. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Crew features Lawson Garrett on vocals, Joe Ball on guitar and vocals, Jimmy Dale on keyboard, Dwight Brown on bass guitar, and Gary McKinney on drums. The Crew performs material from artists including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, The Steve Miller Band, REM, and the Atlanta Rhythm Section among others.

The Model City Wrecking Crew
The Model City Wrecking Crew

Garrett has performed with several groups since an early age. While living in New England in the 1980s, he joined the critically acclaimed band TAZ and played throughout the Northeast. He has played either as a solo act or leading bands of his own including Hard Monkeys, Peaces of Way, and The Hygienics. Ball has played folk and folk rock music from the early 1970s influenced by James Taylor, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Not long after he began moving from acoustic to electric guitar being influenced by Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Steve Miller, The Eagles among others.

Dale has played with bands from the early 80s including the popular local band, Uptown Country. His musical influences include Leon Russell, George Harrison, The Who, and Led Zeppelin. Brown grew up in Georgia when The Beatles influenced many budding musicians to start bands. McKinney began playing drums before his teenage years and has played in several bands since the early 70’s playing mostly rock and boogie. After playing rock music early on he expanded his musical horizon to include jazz and his love of the blues.

For more information about this or other events in the Hot Nights, Cool Music series, visit or contact 423.279.7669 or

The business of show business

Whether doing sound or lighting for a new band, a church production, or new venue, individuals interested in working in the music/entertainment industry have a wonderful opportunity to learn comprehensive production skills when Northeast State presents a weeklong workshop with award-winning professionals in the field.

Workshop instructors include members of the award-winning lighting and artistic design team that created the Oedipus Rex production of Northeast State Theater.

The Sound, Lighting, and Production Workshop focuses on the aspects of basic sound, applied lighting design (artistic and technical), and production management. The five-day workshop meets July 23 – 27 at the College’s performing arts center at the main campus in Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.  Course instructors are industry professionals in the lighting, entertainment and management fields.  The workshop schedule is:

Day 1: Basic Sound – Participants learn the aspects of live sound set up, stage level sound setup and sound mixing and effects. Participants will work with live sound and in the theater sound booth.

Day 2: Applied Lighting Design – Participants learn the technical details of lighting systems to capture the right effect and the use of lighting as an artistic effect.

Day 3: Promotion – Participants learn how to tailor lighting and sound effects for different venues. An outdoor setting, a large indoor theater, or a church stage require specific lighting and sound effects.  Additionally, participants learn how to promote performances.

Day 4: Management – Behind the stage curtain, entertainment professionals work on venue management and legal details for performances. This day covers venue management and details such as writing and fulfilling contacts with performers, insurance demands, and agreements with booking agents.

Lighting and sound pull together live entertainment performances at any venue.

Day 5: Practicum – A Capstone Event:  Participants experience working in the production and set-up for singer/songwriter Trey Hensley’s evening concert on July 27 at the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Theater on the main campus.

Course fee is $525 which includes all study materials. Priority registration date is July 16.  For more information, contact Cindy Tauscher at or 423.354.2570.