The Tennessee Sheiks is composed of musicians from the Knoxville area who have years of experience playing with other groups in a variety of musical genres including bluegrass, jazz, blues, and swing. They have performed together as the Sheiks for about three years. The music of the Sheiks is inspired by the great gypsy jazz guitarist Django and encompasses elements of Cuban, Sicilian, Hawaiian and the ever-popular Appalachian murder ballad. Jazz and folk singer Nancy Brennan Strange is the vocalist in the group. Don Cassell is one of East Tennessees finest mandolin and dobro players. Don Wood is a virtuoso guitarist in the Reinhardt style. Rounding out the group are Jon Steele on bass and Morgan Simmons on rhythm guitar, tenor banjo, and percussion.
Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for ages 6-18 and over 60. Children under 6 are admitted free. For more information, call 865-448-0044 or visit www.gsmheritagecenter.org.
Cushions or blankets are recommended for those attending the concert in the concrete outdoor amphitheater.