Making music on Hot Summer Nights

Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle will play together during the Aug. 5 Hot Summer Nights Concert Series show.

Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle will play together during the Aug. 5 Hot Summer Nights Concert Series show.

The Blount County Public Library will be the place for music and entertainment beginning Aug. 5 as the Hot Summer Nights Concert Series brings a variety of acts to the rotunda during free shows that run every Thursday evening through Sept. 2

There will be five concerts with each concert highlighting a different musical genre performed by high-profile local performers.

For the ninth season, the Hot Summer Nights concert series at the library provides enticing musical entertainment, so mark your calendar for each Thursday evening of August and the first Thursday of September. All concerts start at 7 p.m. in the Reading Rotunda of the library.

The 2010 Hot Summer Nights line-up will be:

Aug. 5: Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle, husband and wife, team up to perform original acoustic seasoned with Americana. Both Sarah and Jeff participate in other area bands, and Sarah just released her first solo recording, “Walking Tall Through High Weeds.”

Aug. 12: Michael Bethea, Soulplay Records and former RCA Records recording artist, will perform inspirational/contemporary Christian, jazz and standards. On his newest CD, “Real,” Carrie Underwood’s band was session players on the song “Running Back to You.” He has toured abroad and opened for soul music legends, The Temptations.

Aug. 19: Lake Terrace Trio, consisting of two violinists and a cellist, is a collaborative ensemble of experienced professional musicians who perform a pleasing blend of classical, traditional and popular music.

Aug. 26: Mountain Folk Reunion, is a local trio, Walker Johnson, Bobby Wilson and Kelley Massey, who claim on their website, , to bring back music from the “1960s folk era, along with some decidedly un-folk tunes as well.”

Sept. 2: Knoxville Opera Company will be represented by Executive Director, Conductor Brian Salesky, and two singers who will preview this season’s operas, Puccini’s tragedy, “Madama Butterfly,” Massenet’s “Manon” and Bellini’s “I Purita.”

When evenings become swelteringly oppressive outdoors, indoor entertainment becomes enticing, and this year’s Hot Summer Nights concert series certainly provides enticement.

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