2. CD release weekend: Forget musical chairs – The Willow Tree is hosting a musical roller coaster. This CD release show is so special it stretches over two days at The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room. Cellist Dave Eggar and his band Holler Jake will be a CD release blowout and Sunday will be a show with Dave and friends including Beth Snapp, Annie Robinette, Will Cassel and Blake Collins. Tickets are $5 per day, but a CD/admission combo is available for $15 for one day or $20 for both days. The music starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
3. Tunes in the Tri: Third-generation Carter Family member Lorrie Carter Bennett will be making a stop in Kingsport this weekend with longtime musician Ronnie Williams. Carter Bennett is the granddaughter of country music matriarch Maybelle Carter. The show will begin at 7 p.m. on Stage Two at The Mountain Music Museum, 316 Broad St. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for ETSU students and children 12 and younger.
4. Come Alive: Ellie’s imagination is a whimsical place, and will take audiences to the Land of Light the next two weekends at Lamplight Theatre. Lamplight’s children’s theatre program presents “Come Alive,” an adventure inside a little girl’s imagination and the adventures her favorite toys have there. performances are May 4-6, 11 and 12. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. with matinee performances Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the theatre at 343-1766.
5. Free songwriters show: Bloom Cafe and Listening Room in Bristol is hosting the second of three In-The-Round performances featuring local songwriters sing and play whatever is on their heart. The free show, sponsored by the Virginia Highlands Songwriters Group, begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bloom and features local songwriters Pat Green, Daryl Ann Beegley, David Ledgerwood and George Kiser. The third show will be June 2 at 1 p.m.
6. Derby de Mayo: Not sure whether to celebrate the derby or Cinco de Mayo? Why not both? JRH Brewing Saturday from 4-10 p.m. The Foodie Fiction, Feeding Frenzy Mobile and Spanqui's food trucks will bring Cinco de Mayo-inspired menus, and the brewery will tap a Derby-day exclusive Blonde Julip will be tapped alongside 11 other brews and ciders. Derby coverage starts at 6 p.m., so bring your best Derby hat or sombrero.
7. Springtime in Haynesville: Travel back to the Civil War when Johnson City was called Haynesville at Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site this weekend. The Confederate and Union soldier camps will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, and a small battle will take place at 2 p.m. each day. Visitors can learn about the site and the Civil War. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 and younger, and members are admitted for free.
8. The Jonesborough Derby: Enjoy local Equestrian talent at WF Stables in Jonesborough for a special show Saturday. The show starts at 3 p.m. and will feature English and Western-style riding in addition to speed events. Exhibitors and spectators are welcome, concessions are available and gates open at 1 p.m.
9. Hillbillies on the River: HIllbilly Bad will be bringing their Best Crock (County + Rock) music to Holston River Brewing Company Saturday. The five-piece band plays original and cover music with a little Blues thrown in for good measure. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and is $5 per person.
10. Derby Day on Main: The fourth annual Derby Day on Main will be hosted at the General Morgan Inn’s roof-top terrace in Greeneville. The event includes a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, heavy hors de’oeuvres, best overall hat contest, best dressed contest for men and women and tunes by the Tusculum College Jazz Band. Proceeds from the event benefit Feed the Children of Greeneville and Green County, an organization dedicated to providing meals for at-risk children. Tickets are $100 per person.