Summer brings Hot Nights, Cool Music to Northeast State

Jessica Fischer • Jun 6, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Summer is bringing "Hot Nights, Cool Music" to Northeast State Community College.

The annual summer concert series begins June 12 and will feature seven shows over the course of seven weeks.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the college's main campus in Blountville, and are free and open to the public.

This year's lineup includes:

Curt Mathson and the Nostalgia Dance Band, June 12. Johnson City pianist and vocalist Curt Mathson has performed for years as the area's "One Man Band."

Taikoza Japanese Flute and Drum Ensemble, June 26. This ensemble features soulful Shakuhachi music accompanied by the powerful and ancestral Taiko drums of Taikoza.

The Beast, July 7. The Durham, N.C.-based quartet fearlessly navigates worlds of hip hop and jazz with compelling lyrics, progressive compositions and a gripping live show. The Beast developed its sound at UNC-Chapel Hill, where pianist Eric Hirsh, drummer Stephen Coffman and bassist Peter Kimosh studied jazz, while emcee Pierce Freelon developed his lyricism in classrooms and music venues across campus.

The Johnson City Community Band, July 12. This group of musicians from the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee voluntarily give of their time and talents each week, meeting Monday evenings in the Indian Trail Intermediate School Band Room to rehearse for concerts they give in the area. Roxanne Haskill, the conductor and Mike Smith, the assistant conductor, lead the band in events in the community and beyond.

The Ramblin' Rose Band, July 15. This all-girl, all-family band features vocalist Loretta Woodson; her two daughters, Bayo Chewning and Renee Riddle; and granddaughter, Kristin Jenkins on guitar, banjo, fiddle and bass, respectively.

The Frito Puente Band, July 18. After a two-year relocation to Germany, jazz musician Bill Perkins is back in Johnson City and reunited with his former band mates Sam Burke on bass and Jose Castillo on percussion. Frito Puente's style draws from Latin-flavored artists like Santana and Chick Corea as well as jazz standards from Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk.

Tri-Cities Shaped-Note Singing Concert, July 24. 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 remained popular through the mid-19th century.

For more information, visit www.northeaststate.edu or call (423) 354-5169.

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