Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

July 9, 2012

Savor summer’s goodness with local artists July 13

CROSSVILLE — On July 13, the Cumberland County Playhouse celebrates everything that is wonderful about summer evenings on the Plateau with a very special outdoor concert, Artists of the Cumberlands. The Cumberland Plateau is blessed with a rich musical history and remarkable weather year round. And this exciting concert will give patrons the opportunity to savor both the summer breezes and some great homegrown music.

Hosted by recording artist Melissa Ellis, this special event — the first concert to be held in the Outdoor Theater in several years — will focus on several rising musical stars from right here in the Cumberlands and East Tennessee. A Crossville favorite, Ellis’ dream of being a performer began on the Playhouse stage in 1994 when she played Denise in Smoke on the Mountain. Since that time she has become known for her signature “Southern Soul” style, which combines elements of jazz, blues, soul and pop along with more traditional country influences.

Ellis will be accompanied by her own band and will introduce a diverse lineup of local music including country rock from the Hour Way Band and bluegrass/roots music from the Plateau Ensemble (formerly the Dry Valley Gamblers), along with local and Playhouse favorites Tommy Hancock and Friends, Austin Price, James Crowley and more.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by BB&T/Legge Insurance.

Currently at the Playhouse: The Music Man (rated G, sponsored by Crossville, Inc.) through Sept. 1; See Rock City (rated G, sponsored by VolFirst) through Aug. 17; Smoke on the Mountain (rated G, sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old country Store) through Aug. 10; and the uproarious musical vaudeville/medicine show Cowboys (rated G, sponsored by The Beef and Barrel, The Blind Zebra and Red’s Ale House) plays through mid July.

Tickets and information are also available for selected concerts at Crossville’s Palace Theater and other events at www.ccplayhouse.com or by calling 484-5000. All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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