The sixteenth Hot Summer Nights Concert Series will entertain you every Thursday evening in August! Keep cool and enjoy the best musical entertainment of the summer at Blount County Public Library.
Concerts are free and begin at 7 p.m. in the (air-conditioned) Library Main Gallery. Performances in this annual series are sponsored by Blount County Friends of the Library.
August 3 — Cruz Contreras
Cruz, Americana acoustic (and front man for the Black Lillies), will kick off this season’s series. Co-founder of Robinella and the CC Stringband in Maryville some years ago, Cruz has gone on to create an Americana band of talent that travels and performs internationally while drawing its songs from roots of blues, folk, soul and country.
August 10 — The Ebbert Family (Summar, Bridget & Tyler)
The Ebberts will perform bluegrass, mountain, Celtic, Civil War, gospel and classical on string instruments. Students of premier violinist and musician, Conny Ottway, this young family of siblings plays multiple instruments. Playing the violin for 8 years, Summar is followed closely by her sister Bridget who has been playing for 5. Tyler picked up the guitar a year ago and has been playing with his sisters ever since. Recently, all three competed in the 2017 Tennessee State Fiddle Championship where Bridget became the Tennessee Pee Wee Fiddle Champion.
August 17 — Sisters of the Silver Sage
The Sisters play western and cowboy music with a blended harmony reminiscent of the Old West and The Sons of the Pioneers. Three sisters, Rhonda, Janet and Donna formed the original group which now includes two of the sisters and a niece. The group has won awards in Western music.
August 24 — Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra Small Ensemble
The Ensemble will perform under the direction of Tom Lundberg. This small group plays with the larger Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra.
August 31 — An Evening of Broadway & Operetta with Knoxville Opera Company
This Hot Summer Nights finale, featuring a concert of Broadway and Operetta classics, including selections from West Side Story, Porgy and Bess, and The Music Man, along with gorgeous melodies from German and American operettas. This performance kicks-off Knoxville Opera’s 40th anniversary season. Maestro Brian Salesky, Executive Director and Conductor of Knoxville Opera, will host the library concert and accompany two outstanding young artists: soprano Jacquie Brecheen, and tenor Darius Thomas.
Open to the public, these programs will be hosted by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.