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• MAY 8: Amythyst Kiah performs at
Music on the Lawn, Abingdon, Va., from 1-3
p.m., on the lawn at the Martha Washington
Inn. Kiah is a Southern Gothic, alt-country
blues singer/songwriter based out of
Johnson City, Tenn. Concert moves indoors
in case of rain. Free. 276-676-2282, www.
• MAY 14: Radio Bristol Songwriters
welcomes former Reeltime Traveler and
Tennessee native Martha Scanlan to
the stage for this inaugural Radio Bristol
Songwriters event. Scanlan’s work
has been described as powerful, haunting
and comforting all at the same time. It’s held
at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum,
Bristol, Va., at 6:30 p.m. $25.
• MAY 15: Harpist Colleen Potter
Thorburn performs at The Lincoln, Marion,
Va., at 3 p.m. Thorburn has performed as
a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral
harpist with ensembles across the United
States. She plays principal harp with the
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.
The concert features vocals by musicologist
and conductor Benjamin Thorburn, a
specialist in Baroque music and performance
practice. $15. 276-783-6093, www.
• MAY 15: Community Center
performs at Acoustic Coffeehouse, Johnson
City, Tenn., at 8 p.m. Community Center
writes storytelling songs and their live
act features saxophone, accordion, violin,
cello, clarinet and highly-arranged vocals.
The group played its first large festivals
this past summer and two singles from
their latest album are in rotation on many
national radio stations. 423-434-9872, www.
• MAY 15: The Jazz Doctors
perform at Music on the Lawn, Abingdon,
Va., from 1-3 p.m., on the lawn at the
Martha Washington Inn. The Jazz Doctors
are the premier straight-ahead jazz group
in the region. After establishing longtime
national careers of individual performances
and recordings, the musicians have been
performing as a featured group for the
past several years. Critically-acclaimed
performances have included jazz festivals,
special events and extended club work
as house band at several venues. The
performers include Dr. Ben Dockery
on piano, Martin Walters on bass, Dr.
Rande Sanderbeck on percussion, and
Dr. David Champouillon as leader and
trumpet / flugelhorn. Concert moves indoors
in case of rain. Free. 276-676-2282, www.
• MAY 19: Joe Pug and Horse
Feathers perform at Thursday Night Jams in
Abingdon, Va. Held at the Abingdon Market
Pavilion, the concert is free and starts at 7
p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food
and beverage vendors are on site. No coolers
are allowed. Rain or shine. 276-676-2282,
• MAY 20: The Birthplace of Country
Music presents an intimate Friends of 1927
concert experience with esteemed Grammynominated performer, recording artist, and
ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Darrell Scott
at 6:30 p.m. Fans have the opportunity to
interact with the artist in a relaxed setting
over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. $80. 423573-1927, birthplaceofcountrymusic.org
three singer-songwriters E.G. Kight, Becky
Hobbs and Lucy Billings, at 7:30 p.m., at
the Renaissance Arts Center Theatre. Tickets
are $10 for reserved seats. 423-392-8414,
• MAY 29: Letters from Home:
America’s Bombshell Duo performs at
The Lincoln Theatre, Marion, Va., at 3 p.m.
With their mission to honor veterans, active
military and their families through the music
and spirit of the 1940s, the group takes you
back in time with toe-tapping entertainment.
Presented by Marion’s VFW Post #4667. $10.
• MAY 4: The Metropolitan Opera’s
Live in HD presents Strauss’s “Elektra” at
6:30 p.m. at Tinseltown Theater, Bristol, Va.
The director Patrice Chéreau (“From the
House of the Dead”) didn’t live to see his
“Elektra” production, previously presented
in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the
Met. But his vision lives on with soprano
Nina Stemme, who portrays Elektra’s quest
for vengeance. Legendary mezzo-soprano
Opera. . . Continued on page 16
• MAY 21: Sullivan County Red Back
Church Hymnal Sing is held at 5 p.m., at
Clay Hill Baptist Church, Blountville, Tenn.
The Red Back Church Hymnal has been an
American shape-note singing tradition since
1951. Sing old church hymns and other
songs. 423-323-4085 or 423-968-3208
• MAY 22: An Old-Time Music Jam
is led by Art Lang at Sycamore Shoals State
Historic Area, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1:30-4
p.m. Old-time musicians of all levels are
welcome. Don’t play an instrument? Kick
back and enjoy the tunes. 423-543-5808,
• MAY 22: Pianist Zack Hughes
presents a program of piano music in the
Memorial Chapel of King University, Bristol,
Tenn., at 3 p.m. Included will be music of
Beethoven, Messiaen, and Wagner-Liszt.
Free. 423-764-7176, [email protected]
• MAY 26: The Banditos perform
at Thursday Night Jams in Abingdon, Va.
From backwoods bluegrass, to slinky nods
to Muscle Shoals soul and unexpected bits
of doo-wop sweetness, the Banditos recall
many but sound like no one but themselves.
Held at the Abingdon Market Pavilion,
the concert is free and begins at 7 p.m.
Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food and
beverage vendors are on site. No coolers
allowed. Rain or shine. 276-676-2282, www.
• MAY 26: The City of Kingsport and
Engage Kingsport present an evening with
Nina Stemme in the title role of Richard Strauss’s “Elektra.” Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.