Street Performers, Musicians and Storytellers
Music will fill the air this summer as Gatlinburg celebrates another season with Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales. For seven summer weeks, from June 10 through July 30, visitors to the mountain town will be treated to a host of street performers including storytellers, musical performers and cloggers bringing to life the story of the region. Some of the costumed performers will be take the audience back as far as 1800.
At 6 p.m. each night of Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales, the experience will begin in the middle of downtown and will spread throughout along the sidewalks. The up-close-and-personal performances transform the simple sidewalks into stages on which the audience is involved in the rich culture and heritage of the Smoky Mountains. It’s always fun to stroll through Gatlinburg; the addition of street performances transform an evening of walking into a fun and educational night for the whole family.
Quite a few performers will be bringing the sidewalks to life. Here are a few to watch for:
Joan and Jerry of the Lost Mill String Band: This American roots duo features an upright bass and clawhammer banjo.
Blue Belles: Both Sofia and Kathryn have performed during Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales, but this is their first year playing as a duo. They’ll be bringing country classics and bluegrass tunes on fiddle and guitar.
Jeff and Addie Levy: This father/daughter duo hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Addie loves to see kids at her performances!
Streamliner Bluegrass Band: This traditional bluegrass trio from Hiawatha, West Virginia is made up of Marc Maynard on the banjo, Chris Maynard on lead guitar, and Chandler Beavers on mandolin.
The Reunited: Kate Phillips and Steve Laciak perform timeless standards and contemporary hits, creating a blend of music that everyone will love.
Quiltin’ Granny: Enjoying her 9th season with Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales, Quiltin’ Granny can teach you everything you need to know about quilting in five minutes. You’ll want to stick around longer to hear her stories. Be sure to volunteer for her!
You’ll want to plan to spend several evenings wandering around Gatlinburg. One night won’t be enough to catch a performance from each of the talented and engaging folks. Rent a Heartland cabin, walk through the town, listen to some tunes, learn a little something. Repeat.
For the lastest performer lineup and additional photos, visit Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales on Facebook.
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