The fourteenth Hot Summer Nights Concert Series features a variety of musical genres, including popular, gospel, band, Native American, and opera.
All concerts will begin at 7 p.m. every Thursday evening from August 6 through September 3rd. They are free and indoors in air conditioned comfort in the library’s main gallery!
All performances in this annual series are sponsored by the Blount County Friends of the Library.
August 6 – Classic Q Band
A family-friendly band, the Classic Q Band plays lots of original music, with guitars, bass, drums, and melodic vocals with “plenty of hooks and grooves.” Their music is mostly faith-based but not preachy, with a sprinkling of cool rock classics. Classic Q Band members include Quincy Follweiler (vocals and guitar), Madison Moore (vocals, acoustic guitar, and percussion), Barry “Kaboom” Cochran (bass guitar), and John DiCrosta (drums). “Original and Authentically Classic, that’s who we are.” This is a band that feels right at home in East Tennessee. Read more about the Classic Q Band.
August 13 – Ebony & Ivory
Monte Stephens, 12-time Grammy awards contender and president of Freedom Records, and Janice Brown (who sang at President Reagan’s inauguration and was recipient of a gold album for duet album “Rough Side of the Mountain” with F. C. Barnes ) will present a concert of gospel and popular songs.
August 20 – Pistol Creek Catch of the Day
August 27 – The Outdoor Sisters and Ryan Worden
As the Outdoor Sisters (Loretta Howard, Barbara Woods and Mattie Forester) harmonize to present Native American songs, Loretta Howard will explain the purpose of the music. Ryan Worden, a Native American cultural educator, crafter and dancer, will perform a Native American dance demonstration and demonstrate some songs as well as describe regalia and lifestyle.
September 3 – Knoxville Opera Company 2015-16 Season Preview
Maestro Brian Salesky, Executive Director and Conductor, will be the guest speaker and accompany two Knoxville Opera artists who will preview the coming season’s operas: Boito’s Mefistofele, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Puccini’s Tosca.
Free and open to the public, the programs are hosted by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville, and sponsored by the Friends of the Blount County Public Library. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197/Public-Library.