10 Out and About Things To Do

Jessica Fuller • May 10, 2018 at 11:20 AM

 1. First Founders After 5: Johnson City’s spring and summer concert series fires up this weekend with Nashville-based quintet, Forlorn Strangers. The five songwriters each bring their unique styles to blend into a distinct blend of American roots music. Founders After 5 continues throughout the summer almost every Friday night beginning at 6 p.m. except on the first Friday of the month and the entire month of August. Upcoming acts include 49 Winchester, Empire Strikes Brass, Rhythm and the Roosevelts and Demon Waffle.

2. A magical musical expedition : Five-time Grammy award winner Roy “Futureman” Wooten and the galaxy’s best kalimba player Kevin Spears are teaming up on the Paramount Stage this weekend for an unforgettable night of musical moments between two of music’s most adventurous visionaries. Wooten, known as a founding member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, provides the groundbreaking percussion technique on his first invention he dubs the “Drumitar,” while Spears showcases his abilities on an electric version of a traditional African instrument, the kalimba, for a musical journey that will leave audiences spellbound. The show starts Friday at 8 p.m. at Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts. Tickets are available for $22-$25. 

3. Small town country on the big stage: For 30 years, Shenandoah has been using their soulful sound and moving lyrics to paint a picture of small-town life, and some of the band’s original members have relaunched the band back into the spotlight that lands them in Greeneville for a night. Shenandoah will be playing at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and will be touching on their decades-long career with hits like “Two Dozen Roses,” “Church on Cumberland Road,” and “Next to You, Next to Me.” Tickets are $25-$35 and are available by calling 638-1679 or by visiting npacgreeneville.com.

4. Under the sea: Make a mess, leave with a masterpiece this Saturday at Warrior’s Path State Park Saturday at 5 p.m. Painting Parties will be providing the bubbles, squirt guns and canvas for painters to create their masterpiece. All participants have to do is come dressed to make a mess. Registration for the party is $20 and can be made by messaging Painting Parties on Facebook or by sending an email to paintingpartiesinc@gmail.com. Cash or credit cards are accepted the day of the event but participants must secure a spot beforehand.  

5. ’Steel Magnolias’: Truvy’s beauty salon is the stage where all the ladies in Chinquapin, Louisiana, come for hairdos and free advice from the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy. Act one is filled with the banter between Turvy, her new assistant, the town’s rich curmudgeon, an eccentric millionaire and the local social leader but shifts to tragedy in the second act when the main characters are confronted with mortality that makes them draw on underlying strength and love. Kingsport Theatre Guild will be performing Steel Magnolias for the next two weekends with performances at 7 p.m. on Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $8 for children.

6.Return of a 20-year tradition: Jonesborough’s Music on the Square series returns this weekend with Bill and the Belles on Friday starting at 7 p.m. in front of the courthouse on Main Street. This is the 20th anniversary of music on the square, which began to provide free music of the best local talent to folks from all around the Tri-Cities. Johnson City-based old-time band Bill and The Belles adds a breath of fresh air to traditional country music with fiddle breakdowns and sentimental Southern ballads.

7.A spotlight for youth musicians: Up-and-coming musicians from Southwest Virginia will be in the spotlight this weekend for the 7th annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival at Heartwood in Abingdon.  The festival, which highlights traditional music programs like the Accidental String Band, the Blue Devil String Band from Grayson County High School, Floyd JAMS and Henderson JAM just to name a few, runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and will showcase 15 youth bands in the region. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and younger. Call (276) 492-2409  or email info@thecrookedroad.org for tickets or more information.

8. The edge of bluegrass: Throughout Troublesome Hollow’s decades-long career, they began branching out of the traditional bluegrass sound in the 1970s and 1980s before “newgrass” became mainstream. Band members went their separate ways in 1998, but have reunited after 20 years to give audiences a touch of their own brand of Americana. They’ll be stopping by The Down Home Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are $14. 

9. The art of land and water: Local artists Brian Serway and Wesley Jones will be featured in a collaborative art exhibit at Bloom Cafe and Listening Room Friday beginning at 7 p.m. The pieces will be for sale, and will be on display either until all the pieces are sold or until June 6. Serway’s art stars our own indigenous landscape with a monochromatic field of black and white. Jones is a waterscape artist who uses a framework of oils, canvas and mixed media paperwork to produce his waterscape work. 

10.Down the rabbit hole: Bristol Ballet is jumping down the rabbit hole this weekend with their production of “Alice in Wonderland.” The ballet will be performing the timeless classic at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $11.75 for adults, $9 for students and seniors and $6.50 for children 6 and younger.

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