"Yours Truly, Tom Dooley"

Dates: Friday, June 8 & 15  •  7:00 pm | Saturday, June 9 & 16 •  7:00 pm  | Saturday, June 16 •  3:00 pm
Presented by: Johnson County Community Theatre
Tickets:  $10 paid in advance |$12 door |$5 youth
For info or tickets call: 423-727-7444

Yours Truly, Tom Dooley is a locally-written play depicting the area legend of Tom Dooley whose story became a national ballad when recorded by the Kingston Trio in 1958 and is credited with starting the “Folk Boom” of the late fifties and early sixties. The Civil War-era love triangle of Tom Dulah, Lorie Foster, and Anne Melton is set in Wilkes County, NC. It resulted in Lorie’s death for which Tom was hanged after being captured in Johnson County by Sheriff Grayson. The play, like the song, begs the question: “Was Tom REALLY guilty?”


GED (Adult Ed) Graduation

Date:  Thursday, June 21 • 7:00 pm
For info call: 423-727-7444


John McCutcheon (Songwriter, Folk Singer, Storyteller, Instrumentalist)

Date:  Saturday, June 23 • 7:00 pm
Presented by:  Heritage Hall
Sponsors:  Maymead, Inc. • FUMC Unique Boutique • Mountain City Pharmacy
Tickets:    $15 paid in advance | $18 door | $10 youth
For info or tickets call: 423-727-7444

John McCutcheon's journey of over 40 years as a recording and live performer has allowed John to release 37 albums to date and along the way he has picked up numerous media accolades as well as several Grammy nominations.    The late Johnny Cash called him “The most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard” and the late Pete Seeger said, “John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader."


Privette Family Bluegrass Annual Free Gospel Concert

Date:  Saturday, July 07 • 7:00 pm
For info call: 423-534-2861


"The Book of Mamaw"  with Eugene Wolf

"The Book of Mamaw" with Eugene Wolf • Tuesday, July 10 • 7:00 PM

Date:  Tuesday, July 10 • 7:00 pm

Presented by:  Heritage Hall
Sponsor:  Redden Realty
Tickets:    $10 paid in advance | $12 door | $5 youth
For info or tickets call: 423-727-7444

Eugene Wolf, the popular Barter actor, has created an original one-man-show that brings his hometown, Greeneville, TN, to life through his Mamaw, Bernice Rader. He has drawn upon his many years of acting at Barter Theatre and singing with Ed Snodderly as the Brother Boys to craft a unique way of telling her story (and his) that will touch your heart as well as bring back some memories. Don’t miss this wonderful tribute that proves that you can, in fact, go home again!


Phantom - The Sunflower Festival at Ralph Stout Park

Date:  Saturday, July 14 • 7:30 pm
Presented by:  Heritage Hall
Tickets:  FREE
For info call:  423-727-7444

Phantom is an area old time rock ‘n roll band from Damascus, VA.  The group has a well-deserved reputation for really pleasing a crowd. One of the most popular groups in the area, they headline fairs and festivals of all types all over the Mountain Empire and beyond. Not bad for a bunch of country boys who just enjoy playing a little Rock & Roll for a few thousand of their closest friends!


David Holt and Josh Goforth

Date:  Saturday, July 21 • 7:00 pm
Presented by:  Heritage Hall
Sponsors:  General Realty • Farmer's BBQ • Humphrey Masonry
Tickets:  $20 paid in advance |$23 door |$10 youth
For info or tickets call:  423-727-7444

A Two Man Tornado of Tunes and Tales, David Holt and acoustic music star Josh Goforth join together to bring the joy and spirit of old-time mountain music and stories to life.They combine the virtuosic sounds of guitar, banjo, fiddle, slide guitar, mandolin with a world of exciting rhythm instruments. Josh is descended from many of the old-timers David learned from in the late 1960s in Lonesome Mountain, NC. Audiences of all ages are treated to a show exploding with creative energy, fun and amazing musicianship, davidholt.com/show-choices/david-holt-josh-goforth.


Kurt Sutton - "Mark Twain and Mr. Clemens, Tonight!"

Dates:  Saturday, August 04 • 7:00 pm | Sunday, August 05 • 3:00 pm
Presented by:  Heritage Hall
Sponsor:  Elizabethton Federal Savings Bank • Mountain City Care & Rehabilitation Center
Tickets:  $10 paid in advance |$12 door |$5 youth
For info or tickets call:  423-727-7444

The act is full of clever wit and satire as an elderly Clemens hobbles around his parlor, occasionally sitting down to play a tune or put on his Twain façade for a narrative tall tale. As Sutton sees it, it’s a night with the character of Mark Twain, as presented by Sam Clemens, played by Kurt Sutton. What makes Sutton’s rendition unique, he said, is that he doesn’t actually play Mark Twain. There’s a subtle difference. Rather, he plays Samuel Clemens, an intellectual icon that created Twain as a means of telling stories. Unlike other Mark Twain impersonations, Sutton periodically performs music, as Clemens was a musician himself. Since Twain was a well-known writer AND humorist, this night at HH will be quite informative and entertaining. Unlike other Mark Twain impersonations, Sutton periodically performs music, as Clemens was a musician himself.


The Malpass Brothers

Date:  Friday, August 17 • 7:00 pm
Presented by:  Heritage Hall
Sponsors:  Mountain City Funeral Home • The Tomahawk • Tri-States CO-OP
Tickets:  $20 paid in advance |$23 door |$10 youth
For info or tickets call:  423-727-7444

This is the real deal, folks. There is no pretense. This is music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. & others.  Count on classic, real country. Count on new Malpass tunes. Count on a couple of old-time traditional gospels. Count on their probably coming down into the house at intermission and asking what you’d like to hear.  Count on giggles and ribbing between brothers, along with daddy on the bass, who’s bound to be thinking, “What the heck are they doing now?” Count on some big, high man hair, and maybe an Elvis twitch or two. Count on lines at the CD table … and count on logging on to see where they’ll be next.


Long Journey Home - Sunday Singing

Date:  Sunday, September 02 • 2:00 pm
For info call: 423-727-7444


Mountain Rose Band

Date:  Saturday, September 15 • 7:00 pm
Presented by:  Heritage Hall
Sponsor:  GSC Electronics
Tickets:  $10 paid in advance |$12 door |$5 youth
For info or tickets call:  423-727-7444


Riders in the Sky "America's Favorite Cowboys"

Date:  Saturday, October 06 • 7:00 pm
Presented by:  Heritage Hall
Sponsors:  Farmer State Bank • Dr. Susan Hall, Grace Springs Farm • Mountain View Nursery & Landscaping • Amedisys Home Health Care
Tickets:  $25 paid in advance |$28 door |$10 youth
For info or tickets call:  423-727-7444

For more than thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life "The Cowboy Way!" Riders In The Sky are exceptional not just in the sense that their music is of superlative standards (they are the ONLY exclusively Western artist to have won a Grammy, and Riders have won two), but by the fact that their accomplishments are an exception to the rule as well. Ultimately, exceptional careers do not go unnoticed, and throughout theirs, Riders In The Sky have been honored regularly. In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Riders are in the Western Music Association's Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation's Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars along with Gene, Roy, John Wayne and other cowboy legends. No less important than their two Grammies, Riders have been the Western Music Associaton's "Entertainers Of the Year" seven times and won "Traditional Group of the Year" and "Traditional Album of the Year" multiple times. The Academy of Western Artists has named them "Western Music Group of the Year" twice in 5 years, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has bestowed Riders with their Wrangler Award statuette three times. It comes as no surprise then that Billboard magazine's Jim Bessman counts them as one of "the most historically significant acts in the history of American music." http://www.ridersinthesky.com/bio


"Curtain Up On Murder"

Dates:  Friday, October 19  & 26  •  7:00 pm |  Saturday, October 20 & 27 • 7:00 pm | Saturday, October 27 • 3:00 pm
Presented by:  Johnson County Community Theatre
Tickets:  $10 paid in advance |$12 door |$5 youth
For info or tickets call: 423-727-7444

by Bettine Maktelow

An amateur drama company is rehearsing in the theatre at the end of the pier. Storms rage overhead and the doors are locked — they are trapped! Then a mysterious, ghostly presence passes across the stage, and when the Assistant Stage Manager falls to certain death through a trapdoor, the remaining actors are thrown into disarray. Their panic increases when one of the actresses is poisoned and it becomes evident that a murderer is in their midst!


Donald Davis (Storyteller)

Date:  Saturday, November 03 • 7:00 pm
Presented by:  Heritage Hall
Sponsors:  Mullin's Real Estate & Auction • Johnson County Community Hospital • WMCT Radio
Tickets:  $15 paid in advance |$18 door |$10 youth
For info or tickets call:  423-727-7444

Experience the warmth of a homespun story, know the goodness of a true tale.......Absolutely hilarious and unpredictable as well as emotionally reviving.  Wilson Library Bulletin                                                           Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world of Waynesville, NC, between the Great Smokey Mountains and the Blue Ridge, an area rich in stories. While he heard many traditional stories about Jack and other heroic characters, he was most attracted to the stories of his own family and places of origin.  During his twenty-five year career as a United Methodist Minister, Davis began to use stories more and more.  He was also asked to begin performing at festivals and in other settings until he retired from the church to tell stories full time. The author of eighteen books and more than forty original recordings, Davis is the recipient of both the Circle of Excellence and the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Storytelling Network. http://www.ddavisstoryteller.com


Barter Theatre presents "Sally McCoy"

Date:  Tuesday, November 06, 2018 • 7:00 pm
Presented by:  Heritage Hall
Sponsors:  BodyMind Dynamics • Vistas Land & Sea • Watauga Lake Winery
Tickets:  $20 paid in advance |$23 door |$10 youth
For info or tickets call:  423-727-7444

“Winner of Barter’s 2018 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights.”

By Alice Stanley

In the midst of the first gruesomely violent event of the legendary Hatfield and McCoy feud, one woman does what she must to save her family. Sally McCoy tells a harrowing and deeply personal story which takes a hard look at how women’s stories and perspectives are too often excluded from our historical narratives. Set in August 1882, Sally’s three eldest sons are captured by the Hatfield clan. Sally defies her womanly place in the home and crosses miles of Appalachian wilderness in the dark of night to save her children from certain death at the vengeful hands of the Hatfields. After traveling all those miles alone, she arrives at the home of the Hatfield patriarch, “Devil” Anse Hatfield, and refuses to let anything stand in her way until she has seen the “Devil” face to face.


Veteran's Day Program

Date:  Saturday, November 10 • 11:00 am
Presented by:  Town of Mountain City
FREE ADMISSION
For info call:  423-727-7444


An Evening with The Krüger Brothers

Date:  Saturday, November 17 • 7:00 pm
Presented by:  Heritage Hall
Sponsors:  Danny Herman Trucking • Mountain View Nursery & Landscaping • Hux-Lipford Funeral Home
Tickets:  $25 paid in advance |$28 door |$10 youth
For info or tickets call:  423-727-7444

Since their formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, The Kruger Brothers’ remarkable discipline, creativity and their ability to infuse classical music into folk music has resulted in a unique sound that has made them a fixture within the world of acoustic music. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work. In their ever-expanding body of work – Jens Kruger (banjo and vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar and lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass and vocals) – The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Their original music is crafted around their discerning taste, and the result is unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh. http://krugerbrothers.com/about-kruger-brothers


"Annie"

Dates:  Friday & Saturday, November 30 & December 01 • 7:00 pm; Sunday, December 02 • 3:00 pm
Presented by:  Johnson County Community Theatre & Johnson County High School Players
Tickets:  TBD
For info or tickets call:  423-727-7444


JCHS & JCMS Christmas Concerts

Date:  Thursday, December 06 • 7:00 pm
For info call:  423-727-7444


The Living Christmas Tree

Dates:  Thursday, Friday & Saturday, December 13, 14 & 15 • 7:00 pm
Presented by:  Heritage Hall
Admission:  Donation of non-perishable food items or cash at the door - Open Seating
For info call:  423-727-7444

Join us again this year for the Living Christmas Tree.  Your generous donations of non-perishable food items or cash at the door will help support our local food banks.


2018 Season Event List