Jubilee Festival looks sprightly at 50

Betsy PickleOur Town Arts

Take time to enjoy a triple Jubilee next weekend at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave.

Jubilee Community Arts will present the 50th Jubilee Festival Friday-Sunday, Feb. 22-24. The festival will expand to three days this year to bring home a big-time celebration of East Tennessee roots music – traditional mountain music highlighting old-school fiddle, banjo, blues harp, ukulele, string bands, jug bands, sacred music, early country music and historical ballads.

Festival founders and popular performers from years past will join the fun. Shows will start at 6:30 each evening, plus there will be Epworth Old Harp Singing at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Among Friday’s highlights will be the Lonetones, Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, Tennessee Stifflegs and Y’uns. Saturday will bring John McCutcheon, Rich Kirby, the Fiery Gizzard String Band and Jon Sundell. Closing out the festival on Sunday night, the lineup will include Jeff Barbra & Sarah Pirkle, Leah Gardner & Peggy Hambright, the Lone Mountain Drifters and Kelle Jolly.

A schedule and ticket information can be found here.

‘From Rock to Bach’

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association will present the all-day music festival “From Rock to Bach” on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. The fun, fundraising event features two stages and multiple genres of music throughout the day, with doors opening at 10 a.m. Kelle Jolly launches the music at 10:30 a.m. Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase, and a silent auction benefiting ORCMA runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets: adult $12 in advance, $15 at the door; family $30; age 5-18 $5; under 5 free. More info.

Printmaker Coleman to speak

Printmaker Aaron Coleman

Arizona artist Aaron Coleman will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the McCarty Auditorium of the Art + Architecture Building on the University of Tennessee campus as part of the Spring 2019 lecture series at the School of Art. Coleman’s mixed media and prints focus on political and social issues. His background in hip-hop culture and street art is a major influence in his fine-art practices. Coleman will spend Feb. 20-27 in residence at the UT Printmaking Studio, collaborating with students and faculty. His work is on exhibit in the UT Printmaking Showcase Gallery through Feb. 28. He will serve as juror for the 72nd annual student art competition to be held in the Ewing Gallery March 4-14.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *