Oak Ridge Community Orchestra plays at Dogwood Arts Festival on Saturday

Oak Ridge Community Orchestra

The Oak Ridge Community Orchestra Performing at the 2014 Dogwoods Arts Festival. (Photo courtesy of John Fairstein)


Daniel Webb

Daniel Webb

As part of the Dogwood Arts Festival, the Oak Ridge Community Orchestra will be performing famous and memorable music in Knoxville’s Market Square from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.

The free concert will feature the lively “Figaro Aria” sung by Daniel Webb, the emphatic fourth movement from the “New World Symphony” by Dvořák, the raucous “Polovtsian Dances” by Borodin, and the hand-clapping “Radetzky March” by Johann Strauss (Sr.).  This is a great way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon while browsing the shops at the Dogwoods Arts Festival.

The “Barber of Seville” is a familiar opera by Gioachino Antonio Rossini, premiering in 1816. The most famous aria from that opera is probably “Largo al Factotum,” in which the central figure, Figaro, vigorously touts his prowess as a barber and local facilitator of “everything.” The articulation and style in this aria are so impressive that Warner Brothers, Walter Lantz, and Hanna Barbera studios couldn’t resist featuring it in cartoon parodies. [Read more…]

Youth Showcase, Auction helps Child Advocacy Center on Saturday

Youth Showcase and Auction

Submitted photo


The Youth Showcase and Auction on Saturday will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Anderson County.

It’s the second annual event, and it starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Grove Theater in Oak Ridge.

“Enjoy live performances by local talented youth, including musicians, singers, dancers, and a magician,” an event flyer said. “Matt Shafer Powell will be our master of ceremonies, and a delicious taco bar and desserts will be provided.” [Read more…]

Oak Ridge Symphony presents ‘International Flavors’ on Saturday

Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

The Oak Ridge Symphony will be presenting its final concert of the season, themed “International Flavors,” on Saturday, April 18.

“We’ll travel with composers far and wide as they explore the musical influences away from home,” a press release said. “Come enjoy a delicious and harmonious blend of cultures.”

The selections include: [Read more…]



Oak Ridge Wind Ensemble plays Sunday at ORHS

Oak Ridge Wind Ensemble

Oak Ridge Wind Ensemble members pictured above are Ron Battle on trombone, Tim Michaels on trumpet, and assistant conductor Lisa Michaels on clarinet. (Submitted photo)


The Oak Ridge Wind Ensemble/Community Band’s final concert of the season is Sunday, April 19.

This is your opportunity to hear an amazing program of great music, a press release said.

This performance will begin at 3:30 p.m., and it will be held at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center. [Read more…]

Free singer-songwriter concert at Grove Theater on April 23

Jennifer and Scott Smith

A free acoustic show at the Grove Theater on Thursday, April 23, will feature musicians from Maryland and North Dakota.

The headliner for the singer-songwriter evening will be the Maryland duo Jennifer and Scott Smith, performing as Naked Blue, a press release said.

“Whether as a duo or with full band, their folky pop performances wash an audience with a glow of emotions to relish in for days,” the press release said. “Both accomplished multi-instrumentalists, their music actually relies on strong writing skills and impeccable harmonies. Naked Blue’s trademark acoustic-pop sound in its simplest form is good harmonies, a catchy hook and Jen’s breathy voice that at once soothes and intrigues.” [Read more…]

Secret City Festival opening bands: Legacy; Steve Rutledge, Groove Evolution

Steve Rutledge and Groove Evolution

Steve Rutledge and the Groove Evolution will open for The Marshall Tucker Band at the Secret City Festival on Friday, June 12, and Legacy will open for Three Dog Night on Saturday, June 13.

Steve Rutledge and the Groove Evolution

Steve Rutledge is a guitar virtuoso/vocalist/producer originally from Frankfort, Kentucky, organizers said. He Moved to Nashville in 1997 to pursue a dream of playing music professionally and producing new artists. His music is a mix of rock, rhythm and blues, classic rock, and country.

Organizers said Rutledge has played worldwide and shared the stage and/or opened for artists such as Trace Adkins, Reba, Emerson Drive, and Toby Keith, to name a few. [Read more…]

Oak Ridge Symphony Chorus prepares for Spring Concert on May 2


If you are outdoors at 6 a.m. no doubt your ears are filled with the chirping of the birds heralding the arrival of the rising sun.

These winged creatures are not the only participants celebrating the coming of spring. The Oak Ridge Symphony Chorus is diligently rehearsing for its annual solo concert on Saturday, May 2, at the First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge. [Read more…]

Music at the Grove on Saturday, April 4

R&M Tribute Entertainment at Grove Theater April 2015

A concert at the Grove Theater in Oak Ridge on Saturday, April 4, will feature several performers.

Those scheduled to perform include Brandon E., Ronnie Miller, and special guest Erin Ott, 2015 NACMAI Classic Country Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 6-12 years old, and free for kids 5 and under.

The Grove Theater is at 123 Randolph Road in Oak Ridge.

If you have any questions or would like to reserve seats, call Missy at (865) 684-6082.

Concert of Darkness at Unitarian Universalist Church on Good Friday

The annual Concert of Darkness at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church will feature a variety of choral, instrumental, and solo selections that offer a time to reflect on the somber occasion of Good Friday, a press release said.

The concert starts at 4 p.m. Friday, April 3, at the church, which is at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge. [Read more…]

Three Dog Night to headline Saturday night concert at Secret City Festival

Three Dog Night

Three Dog Night (Submitted photo)


Three Dog Night will headline the Saturday night concert at the Secret City Festival in June.

The band’s hits include “Joy to the World,” “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Black and White,” “Shambala,” and “One.”

The 13th Annual Secret City Festival is June 12-13. Three Dog Night will play on Saturday, June 13. [Read more…]

Marshall Tucker Band to headline Friday night concert at Secret City Festival

The Marshall Tucker Band

The Marshall Tucker Band (Submitted photo)


The Marshall Tucker Band will headline the Friday night concert at the Secret City Festival in June.

The band’s hits include “Heard It in a Love Song” and “Can’t You See.”

The Marshall Tucker Band started in Spartanburg, South Carolina, signed with Capricorn Records in 1972, and opened shows for The Allman Brothers in 1973, a press release said.

In 1974, the band began to headline its own shows across America due to the strong sales of its debut album, which went platinum, the release said. The Marshall Tucker Band toured rigorously over the years, playing sheds, stadiums, theaters, fairs, and festivals. [Read more…]

Spring Jamboree at Windrock to include ATVs, side-by-sides, music

Windrock Spring Jam Mud Bog

The mud bog at a Spring Jamboree at Windrock Park. (Submitted photos)


This year’s Spring Jamboree at Windrock Park north of Oliver Springs will include rides and competitions for ATVs and side-by-sides, and concerts, including one featuring Janelle Arthur, a top five performer on American Idol’s Season 12.

The Spring Jamboree is scheduled from April 16 through 18.

“The Spring Jamboree is a weekend full of adrenaline-pumping fun for everyone,” said Kira Smith-Ludwig, marketing manager for Windrock Park. “The jamboree’s numerous competitive events and guided rides are geared toward ATV and side-by-side riders, but anyone can come and watch the competitions and check out the shooting range and the concert.”

The competitive events include the ATV Rodeo; Windrock Wide Open, which is a three-lap race; drag races; the Windrock Challenge, which is an obstacle course race; a mud drag; a poker run; and a dash for cash just for the ladies. The competitive event rules can be found at www.windrockpark.com under events. [Read more…]