Hot Summer Nights Finale to be Christabel & the Jons

With a bow to earlier eras, Christabel and the Jons revive the swing dance sound. Sporting suit cases and vintage dress from the 1920s to 1950s, the band saunters and sways with a syrupy southern swing…like “sweet tea on a Sunday afternoon” according to Leslie Wylie on the web site,

Christabel and the Jons will perform the finale for this year’s Hot Summer Nights concert series at the Blount County Public Library on Thursday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m.

Backed by other band members, Christa DeCicco weaves a tapestry of heartfelt songs exhibiting influences from Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, the Beatles, Ray Charles and others. In addition to vocals, Christa alternately plays guitars, accordion and banjo.

Performing multiple times weekly, the Knoxville-based band plays throughout the Southeast with occasional ventures to other areas of the United States. In any town, they can often be found checking out thrift stores, looking for clip-on ties and 1950s party dresses.

Currently recording their second album, “Love and Circumstances” was their first recording in 2006. CDs will be available at the library concert.

Band member Seth Hopper performs on violin, mandolin, trumpet and accordion while also contributing vocals. Playing drum kit and percussion, Jon Whitlock also performs vocals. Milly Sue Cavender performs on upright bass.

Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at

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