A Little Drier, Weekend Music, Arts Association

It’s continued warm, but not as warm as it was a few weeks ago. We’ve had a few days of dry weather, and the forecast indicates there are a few more dry days coming, which is welcome news.

There isn’t a great deal of wild excitement in town this weekend, but the community theater is putting one of their “Live Music is Better” events. Here’s the announcement: “Saturday, Aug. 1st, 7:30 pm – Diane Durrett, known as the ‘Blue-eyed Soulstress.’ ‘She’s good. She’s damn good.’ Sting’s summation of his duet with singer songwriter Diane Durrett speaks for anyone who’s ever heard her perform. A Memphis reporter once wrote that Diane’s performance was so powerful that ‘If you don’t go see her she may just come see you!’ With a blend of raw soulful vocals, sultry tones and strong original songs Durrett has sung with Sting, The Indigo Girls, Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones) and Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow). Durrett has opened shows for Tina Turner, Faith Hill, Little Feat, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Hall and Derek Trucks. As well lending her vocals to recording sessions for Grammy award winning producer Brendan O’Brien, Durrett has long reflected the musical passions that inspired her while growing up in Atlanta, GA. From her energy-driven breakthrough debut 50,000 Volts of Soul (1993) to her superbly executed Rhythm of Life (1998) to her acoustically-driven CHILL (2004), to the LIVE CD, Georgia On the Groove (2007), to the groovy Blame It On My DNA (2009) produced by Ike Stubblefield to her latest holiday CD Georgia Christmas (2011). www.dianedurrett.com
For tickets call: 706-632-9223 or visit online: www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com.”

The Arts Association is hosting a retrospective featuring some of the local artists who were influential in founding the association. The opening reception for the 35 year retrospective showcasing artists who have helped shape Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association is August 1st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs through August 29th.


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