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Old 03-28-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Steilacoom, WA by way of East Tennessee
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I'm trying to find a bar playing blues, classic rock and with an older crowd. I'm 42, not much of a drinker, but like to have a beer and listen to a good band. Heck I'd even go listen to a blue grass band play. Know any good ones? How do you find when bands are playing locally?

Thanks

Tony
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Old 03-28-2009, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Your best bet, IMO, is the Down Home. They'll be hosting the annual WETS Little Chicago Blues Festival April 23-25, so get your ticket(s) soon.

You can check for upcoming music events around the Tri-Cities here (http://www.gotricities.com/content/home.dna - broken link). Also, jabogitlu put together a handy list of live-music resources this time last year.
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Old 03-28-2009, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Yeah... I think that would be a very cool venue here, but I just don't know if there is one.

the Down Home is great, a TREMENDOUS asset to Johnson City that a lot of people who live here don't even know about. That having been said, it's not really a bar, but you can get a pitcher (or just a draft) cheap enough. Good music. Open mic nights can be very interesting and the atmoshpere is much more laid back than when big name shows are in town.

Tony, this is a little off topic from your request, but I definitely would advise ya to check out some of the new 'bluegrass.' It's not Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs anymore. The Infamous Stringdusters show at Down Home last month was a-mazing, entertaining and funny.

Scott Miller and the Commonwealth (Apr 16-18) is scheduled at the Down Home. He's/they're not bluegrass and you would definitely like him:

Scott Miller - the Official Website


Thanks for posting the link to my post from last year, kam. Soon I'll try to do one for this year for some local fests and then one for regional (like Dumplin Valley in Kodak and Bluff Mountain in Hot Springs).
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Old 03-29-2009, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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As for the "older crowd", those of us over 30 that is hahahhaha, The Russo Orleans in North JC in the Kroger Shoping plaza is really becoming known as the place to go when they have the bands. They are kind of new to it and don't yet have bands every weekend but they say they are working on it. Which I hope they do, it is such a cool place with great food. I know they have Jerry Pierce playing there Saturday, which can draw a really older crowd and the David O'Rourke band playing the following saturday, which is for all ages. What is really cool about their place is that they have the restaurant and music separate so you can enjoy a meal, then go into the big ballroom to enjoy the band and dance without all the mixed food smells. They have a few bars in there too, it is a HUGE place but a very nice atmosphere.
I have also been to Visions on N.Roan heading from Science Hill to downtown. It is Ok, there was a county type singer that did some Bluesy numbers too. It has a really funky atmosphere with bars and lounge couches along with a large dance floor and there are a mix of crowd from young to old but a 21 and up crowd for sure as they are able to allow smoking inside.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Steilacoom, WA by way of East Tennessee
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Thanks all,

I went out with the wife saturday, didn't know where to go, drove past the acoustic coffeehouse, but with 3 cop cars out front, kept driving on by

Wound up having a glass of wine and some pasta at the italian place downtown JC at the corner of E. main and Roan st, wasn't too bad.

I'll be taking a look at the Down Home.

Tony
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Old 03-29-2009, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Hm, is that Russo's? Not really Italian, but I can't think of where you were.

It sounds like Alta Cucina but that's more uptown.
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: new england
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Default Jazz, R&B ???

What about jazz and r&b clubs, any clubs for that?? I'm hoping to move to town and I play jazz and need some places to play
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:35 AM
 
Location: erwin
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what about the accoustic cofeehouse, just a thought
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:36 AM
 
Location: erwin
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Thanks all,

I went out with the wife saturday, didn't know where to go, drove past the acoustic coffeehouse, but with 3 cop cars out front, kept driving on by

Wound up having a glass of wine and some pasta at the italian place downtown JC at the corner of E. main and Roan st, wasn't too bad.

I'll be taking a look at the Down Home.

Tony
they have really great italian.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:22 PM
 
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I plan on moving to J.C. in 22 months, give or take, and I am an ex jazz drummer
and would love to see some good jazz in town.
On my past visits I saw that the chances were not good but that is part of the scene.
It may improve but I do not know if the population is that supportive of the venue.
I would love to do a two hour radio show once a week. How would that fly in the Tri-cities?
I asked about radio play for jazz on an earlier thread but there has been no response.
I am glad some folks are asking about it. The appitite just may be growing.
I love Basie and Anita O'Day and it's got to swing. Keep talking about it.
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