2. Don’t stray: The Red Clay Strays are bringing their Southern rock, blues, country and soul and a dash of gospel to The Down Home, 300 W. Main St., in Johnson City for a weeknight show Wednesday starting at 8. The Strays hail from Mobile, Alabama, and fashioned their name from the “red clay” of the South, representing their southern Alabama roots. Tickets to the show are $10.
3. Bagpipes at the Library: Johnson City Public Library employee and bagpiper Andrew Hicks will be putting on a free concert Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hicks began piping when he was 16 years old, and enjoyed a competitive career for a while and now plays for his own enjoyment. The concert is free and open to the public.
4. A little bit of Scotland from a big star: Internationally-recognized Scottish singer-songwriter Barbara Dickson is making a return to the area for for two free concerts – Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Goodloe Center at Mountain Empire Community College, and a Sunday afternoon concert at Chapel of all Faiths at UVA Wise that begins at 3 p.m. Barbara’s successes include several awards and a Guinness World Record for best-selling female duet of all time. She has 17 platinum and gold albums under her belt, and has sold the most albums of any woman in Scottish history.
5. Rockin’ around the block: A week out from FunFest, and the block parties are out in full force throughout Kingsport this weekend. Bring Fido to Furfest at the Kingsport Dog Park, 800 Granby Road, Saturday from 5-8 p.m., boogie with Bloomingdale bluegrass and barbecue at Ketron Intermediate School Saturday at 5 p.m. or hang out at CJ’s Sports Bar, 516 G Morelock St., Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. for live music, pro wrestling, ice cream and bouncy houses.
6. First Friday: Break out your dancing shoes for this month’s First Friday in downtown Johnson City. Nationally-recognized dancer Kevin “Kasper” Glasper and professional hula hooper Jillian Jansson will be on hand to teach their crafts, and those with two left feet can still find fun in inflatables from Quantum Leap, face painting, shopping at vendors or sampling local food trucks. The fun starts at 6 p.m.
7. Traveling quilts: The best of the best quilts and home decor will be on display at the Jonesborough Visitors Center and Old Town Emporium throughout the month. Nearly 40 quilts and 15 home decor items will be on display as part of the Hoffman Challenge, a unique traveling quilt and decor collection, one of 12 collections traveling across the country. The Visitors Center normal operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
8. It’s l’amour, y’all! Barter audience favorite country-opera original musical “Madame Buttermilk” is back on the stage this summer through August 12. The original play is the most popular to come through Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights and follows a struggling opera singer as she chases her dream to sing the lead in Carmen. Check bartertheatre.com for showtimes and ticket prices.
9. Real heroes. Not actual size: Scott Lang, aka micro-sized hero Ant-Man, must walk the line between hero and father as an urgent new mission that has him fighting beside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
10. From hill to the creek: The sound of the Twin Creeks Stringband stretches back to the late 1970s when some neighbors and friends gathered to play some old-time music passed down from generations. Those sessions gave way to the Dry Hill Draggers, an old-time band that released their first album in 1982. Times have changed and the Draggers are now the Twin Creeks Stringband, but they’ll be bringing those traditional sounds to the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virigina Saturday night starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the show is $10 for 12-up, $2 for kids 6 to 11 and free for children 5 and younger.