Have you had a chance to see this year’s “Music On The Town” here in Dandridge? From late August to mid-October, the city has a series of weekly concerts not far from our cabins on Douglas Lake in downtown Dandridge and each one is free to the public to enjoy.
There are only three concerts left for Music On The Town for this year:
* Breaking Grass *
“With their fresh sound, original material, strong vocals and innovative musicianship, Breaking Grass is doing exactly what their name implies. Although not quite traditional, the music they present is without a doubt steeped in the timeless genre they grew up listening to. Comprised of Cody Farrar on guitar; Tyler White on fiddle; Jody Elmore on banjo; Zach Wooten on mandolin; and Britt Sheffield on bass; this innovative band formed with one goal in mind – to make music that all ages could enjoy.” – http://www.musiconthetown.com/
* Soul Connection *
“Originally formed in 1966 under the name of Soul Sanction, this nine-member group from Oak Ridge High School became one of East Tennessee’s favorite soul, blues and oldies bands. In 1968, they won the Tennessee State Battle of the Bands and competed in the National Finals in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The band broke up in the early 1970s as band members pursued education, careers, and families. Then in 1988, at the urging of their Oak Ridge classmates, they got together again to play for the 20th-year class reunion. Inspired by the success of that performance, the band stayed together and once again enjoyed great popularity. They played mostly for private functions but also opened shows by Ray Charles, B. B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and James Brown. At a special “Rename the Band Party” at Alive After Five in 2006, their name was changed to Soul Connection.
With their combination of keyboards, horns, guitars, and drums, blended with dynamic male and female vocals and harmonies, Soul Connection covers a wide musical spectrum of Rhythm & Blues, Soul, and dance music, all done with infectious energy and unmistakable style.” – http://www.musiconthetown.com/
* Balsam Range *
“It has been said that the loudest word in the world is your own name. It is who you are, it is how you have been identified to the world and it is a huge part of your self-perception. Place-names can create strong mental images and add building blocks of self-identity that underscore a treasured sense of “where I’m from” or “who I really am.” These powerful feelings of place to which mountain folk cling help define a sense of home shared by those who live there.
Such is the name Balsam Range to a group of five outstanding acoustic musicians and singers from North Carolina. For their band name, they thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surround part of their home county of Haywood, NC where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge, the Balsam Range.” – http://www.musiconthetown.com/
See more on special events and other going-ons in Dandridge, TN, at http://www.dandridgetn.gov/.