By JENNIFER WADE
The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley is announcing a summertime variety show, “The Blues Brothers” at Calfee Park on Tuesday July 15.
Josh Livingston and Jarrod Millsaps form the duet and began their career at a talent show at Heritage High School in Maryville, Tenn. After graduating from high school, Livingston earned an Associate’s Degree in lodging management and currently works at a resort hotel. Millsaps went to the police academy and is currently serving as the Blout County Sheriff’s Department Community Relations Director. The pair still manages to travel and perform for audiences in Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, Georgia and Florida.
While Livingston and Millsaps make every effort to provide an authentic Blues Brothers program, the two add their own personalities to the show, making it a truly once in a lifetime event. Sharing the stage with the Blues Brothers will be the Bristol-based Billy Crawford Band and Pulaski’s own Southern Nights Band.
According to his website, Billy Crawford has three decades of experience playing his guitar and can play in many genres, including blues, ballad, rock and surf. His band is full of energy and masterful dynamics. In 1997, Crawford led a band to Winston-Salem, N.C. for the Piedmont Blues Competition. While they didn’t win, their music gained attention and led Crawfod to blues-rocker Deborah Coleman. Coleman had just signed to Blind Pig Records and together the pair took to the road, appearing in 18 states over a period of 12 weeks.
The Southern Nights Band, based out of Southwest Virginia, was formed 18 years ago and travels to South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. They play a variety of old and new country, bluegrass and southern rock and they are available for many different venues.
For more information on these bands, visit http://bluesbrotherstributeshow.com or http://www.thebillycrawfordband.com. The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley would like to invite everyone out for an evening fun and music and suggests for everyone to bring his or her lawn chair, blanket, sunglasses and Blues Brothers hat to join the fun. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person for advance tickets and $12 at the door. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Concessions and adult beverages will be also be available. For more information and to purchase tickets call 980-7363 or visit the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley’s Facebook page.