Community Events for Aug. 13, 2009

Friday, August 14

Bean and Bailey to record DVD at Capitol performance

The comedy duo Bean and Bailey will record a DVD at the Capitol Theater on Aug. 14.

Jackson Bailey, a 1992 William Blount High School graduate, said he and his comedy partner Bradley Bean have recorded three compilation DVDs on sale in family bookstores. They are also on Sirius Satellite Radio on the Laugh USA channel on a regular basis. “We decided we would finally shoot our own DVD, and we’ll do that at the Capitol on Aug. 14,” he said.

The show is at 7 p.m., and the doors open at 6:15 p.m. The duo will do a live recording of the full show, take a break and them come back and do additional material.

Bean and Bailey are East Tennessee natives. Bailey grew up in Louisville. Bean is a Morristown native. Bailey, 35, and his wife, Kimberly, have two children. Bean and his wife, Sharon, have three children. All four went to Carson-Newman College.

For more information, call the Capitol Theater at 865-980-1966 or visit the website at

Tickets, at $5 each, are being sold at and at Lee’s Gallery on Gill St. and through PayPal online. PayPal tickets are $7. The $5 tickets can also be ordered by phone with a credit card by calling Lee’s Gallery at 865-984-7674.

Friday, August 14 to Friday, August 21

Sunset Music Series continues at Heritage Center

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center’s Sunset Music Series, now in its fourth year, continues through Aug. 21. This year’s series will feature seven Friday concerts in the summer and three in the fall to be announced. All the concerts begin at 7 p.m. and will be presented in the Heritage Center’s outdoor covered amphitheater, which has new sound and lighting systems and an expanded stage.

Four of the seven concerts this summer will feature artists making their Sunset Music Series debuts. The series premiered on June 12 with a performance by the heralded Boston-based stringband Hokum’s Heroes, featuring vocalist Samoa Wilson. John Myers Band and Y’uns from Knoxville and three-time national guitar champion, Steve Kaufman of Maryville, will also join the Sunset Music Series for the first time this year. National touring act Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will be making their second appearance at the Heritage Center after debuting at last year’s Sunset Music Series. Also back by popular demand are Blue Mother Tupelo, formerly from Knoxville and now based in Henderson, near Nashville, and Wild Blue Yonder, the only band to perform every year since the series began.

Admission to each concert is $4 per person at the door, with Heritage Center members admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For further information, call the Center at 865-448-0044. The schedule to date is as follows:

• Aug. 14: Y’uns, a goo-time acoustic band that blends jugband music with elements of folk, swing, country, and blues. They play just about everything from Muddy Waters to Roger Miller to The Beatles, replete with kazoos, whistles, sirens, and yodeling. The band is comprised of Steve Horton (vocals, guitar, kazoo), Danny Gammon (vocals, fiddle, mandolin, kazoo), J. P. Reddick (vocals, guitar, kazoo), Stan Turner (bass), and J. Miller (percussion).

• Aug. 21: Steve Kaufman, three-time national guitar champion

For more information about the Sunset Music Series, visit or call 865-448-0044.

Thursday, August 13

Library’s Hot Summer Nights Concert Series continues with The Lonetones

While they don’t really fit in any one particular category, the Lonetones, a Knoxville band, describe themselves as “original, Appalachian roots-based music that goes well beyond the tradition. We’ve been called modern folk, Americana, folk rock, ‘an Appalachian Belle and Sebastian’... We’ve been accused of having a unique sound and strong song writing.”

Listen to the band yourself at the Blount County Public Library, where The Lonetones will be performing as part of this year’s Hot Summer Nights concert series. Their concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 13.

The band is composed of husband-wife team, Steph Gunnoe on guitar and vocals and Sean McCollough on guitar, mandolin, banjo and vocals. Additional members are bass player Maria Williams, Steve Corrigan on drums and glockenspiel, and drummer emeritus Phil Pollard.

The group has three albums that have garnered national attention: “Canaries,” “Nature Hatin’ Blues” and “Useful.” They enjoy regular play on Knoxville radio stations and have been played on other radio stations around the nation.

The next in the series of Hot Summer Nights concerts will include these featured artists:

• Thursday, Aug. 20, 7p.m.: Amanda Ingram, mezzo soprano, will perform both classical Opera and contemporary English. Ingram is a native and resident of Maryville.

• Thursday, Aug. 27, 7p.m.: April Taylor will perform a blend of country, bluegrass and Contemporary Christian music. A Bristol, TN, native and member of the Country Music Association, April Taylor had a nationwide CD, “I Wanna Live Like That,” two top 50 singles in 2007 and a 2006 National radio release, “All My Love” that charted at #57. Her great grandfather wrote music for the famous Carter family. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.

Free and open to the public, these concerts will be indoors in the Reading Rotunda at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

Saturday, Aug. 15

Appalachian Ballet holds auditions for ‘Nutcracker’

The Appalachian Ballet Company is preparing for its 38th season and will hold company auditions for “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, Aug.15. “The Nutcracker” will be performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium during the first weekend in December.

The auditions will be held at Van Metre School of Dance, home to the Appalachian Ballet Company, located at 215 West Broadway in Maryville.

A prepared piece is not needed. Dancers need to come ready to take a ballet class with hair fixed properly and correct ballet attire. Ballet shoes and pointe shoes (if the dancer is proficient en pointe) are required.

Audition fee is $10. Auditions for 10-11 year-olds will be held at 9 a.m., 12-13 year-olds will audition at 10 a.m., and ages 14 and up at 11:15 a.m.

For more information, call 865-982-8463.

Wednesday, August 19

Highland Happening set for Aug. 19 at Maryville College

Maryville College is preparing to welcome its newest group of students to campus this fall - the Class of 2013 - and area businesses are invited to join in the welcoming.

Sponsored by the Center for Calling and Career and the Office of Advancement, the first annual Highland Happening is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 19, 5 - 7 p.m.

Held on the Maryville College campus lawn, this outdoor fair will feature booths from area businesses.

Local businesses are invited to set up booths to advertise their products and services. Registration is free and includes a table and two chairs. Businesses are encouraged to bring coupons, samples and giveaways. Please call 865.981.8220 or email to register.

Saturday August 22

Third annual Knoxville Showcase and Dance Challenge held in Maryville

The public is invited to attend the third annual Knoxville Showcase and Dance Challenge being held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church located at 314 W. Broadway, Maryville, on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Dancing begins at noon and will be judged by David Madeiros of Nashville. Out of town guests will be staying at the Airport Hilton in Alcoa.

Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. and a freshly-cooked gourmet meal prepared by a chef on the premises will be served at 6 p.m. During dinner there will be a fashion show of ballroom dance wear, by Lisa Biagi.

The schedule of events will be as follows:

• 12 p.m. American Smooth

• 1 p.m. International Standard

• 1:30 p.m. Lunch, costume changes

•2:30 p.m. American Rhythm

• 4 p.m. International Latin

• 5 p.m. Competition ends

• 5:15 p.m. Dinner and fashion show

• 7:30 p.m. Awards

• 8 p.m. Showcase and dance party

• 10 p.m. Party ends

For competition rates see your instructor. Tickets are $10 for the day session only, $15 for lunch, $40 for dinner, $10 for the showcase only or an all day ticket including meals is $70. For spectator ticket availability and rates contact Marie Connolly, Competition organizer at 865-604-5750.

Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29

Second-annual Last Friday Art Walk ‘Tribute to Music’

The Maryville Arts Coalition is proud to present the 2nd Annual Last Friday “Tribute to Music,” a two night event to celebrate the art of music. This music-focused event will include various musicians performing while artists “Paint the Music” on the streets of downtown Maryville during the Last Friday Art Walk on Aug. 28 from 5 to 10 p.m.

This event will give the public an opportunity to see how music influences and inspires various artists and how they work. There will also be an interactive “Community Art Project” for the public to participate in during the music performances on Friday night. On Saturday, there will be an artist reception for “Paint the Music” and sale of art, open to the public, at Preservation Plaza, located at 200 E. Broadway in Maryville at 7 p.m. Both Last Friday Art Walk and the Artist Reception on Saturday are open and free to the public.

A special “Destination Downtown” VIP Wine Tasting and Patron’s Preview will be held earlier in the evening, beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, hosted by and to benefit the Maryville Downtown Association. This is the earliest opportunity to purchase “Paint the Music” artwork before the reception opened to the public at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance and may be purchased at Canvas Hair Designs, Boyd Thomas Clothing, The Market, Dandy Lions, La Nesse and The Knitting Nest, all in downtown Maryville.

Founded in 2008, Maryville Arts Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the aesthetic sensibility of our community by exposure and education of various art forms through opportunities and events that focus on the arts.

The Maryville Downtown Association is a Not-for-profit organization created to promote Downtown as a place to work, live, and play. The Downtown Association is a unified voice that helps build a sense of community to historic downtown Maryville.

For more information, contact Katie Gamble, Executive Director of the Maryville Arts Coalition at or 865-740-1169, or visit

Friday, August 31

Fine Arts Blount presents Fabulous Fibers exhibit

From 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, Fine Arts Blount will present an exhibit of mixed media, textile, and fiber art by local artists exploring the colors and textures of fiber.

The event will include a demonstration by Sherry Liles, who will spin llama and angora wool the old-fashioned way. Other artists will be on hand to discuss their works, including Pat Delasmit, Katie Kinney, Joy Meadow, Karen Miller and Kim Slater. Refreshments will be provided.

The exhibit will be held at the ArtSpace gallery at 106 E. Broadway Ave. in Maryville. For more information, email

Wednesday, September 2

All About Women Luncheon and Silent Auction

The Blount County Habitat for Humanity 2009 Women Build is hosting a luncheon and silent auction on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Pat Head Summitt, UT Lady Vols head coach, is the guest speaker for this luncheon, which is a fund raiser for the 2009 Women Build project of Habitat for Humanity. The luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Airport Hilton. Tickets are $30 per person for the luncheon and $50 for a special VIP Meet & Greet with Coach Summitt prior to the event. The Meet & Greet begins poolside at 11 a.m. and a limited number of tickets will be sold.

There are several ways to support the 2009 Women Build in addition to individual tickets. Event sponsorships are available for $1,000 and $500, which include a reserved table “courtside” for the luncheon, ads in luncheon publicity, tickets to the Meet & Greet and recognition at the luncheon.

For more information, to purchase tickets or be an event sponsor, call Tish Hickman at 865-388-1869 or email

Saturday, Sept. 19

Away Game Tailgate for Gator game to benefit Hearing & Speech

For the third year, the Away Game Tailgate party will benefit the Hearing and Speech Foundation, as Vol fans gather in the luxury Neyland Stadium East Skybox to watch the Vols play the Florida Gators in the Swamp.

Special guest is former UT football coach Johnny Majors. At halftime, Coach Majors will give a brief overview of the important work of the Hearing and Speech Foundation, a non-profit that provides hearing aids and other service to the indigent and underserved.

The Skybox party includes a lavish buffet (including Gator Bites), drink tickets and walls of televisions for watching the game. Bratwurst and hotdogs will be added to the buffet at halftime.

Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and include the buffet, beverages and watching the game in the East Skybox.

To purchase tickets, call the Foundation at 865-977-0981 or email

Several sponsors are already “suited up” and include Alan and Lisa Boeckmann, Fluor Foundation, Woodruff Brewing Co., Mr. and Mrs. Tutt Bradford, John and Sara Berry, Mrs. Roma Renfro, Heritage Log Homes, Hickory Construction, Foothills Bank and Trust and WBIR-Channel 10. For sponsorship information, contact Amanda Womac at

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