Music in the street


Concert series continues in Middlesboro

By Kelsey Gerhardt - [email protected]



Ray Welch|Daily News JJ Thames performed as part of the Levitt AMP Downtown Music Series on Aug. 20. Her nickname, “The Mississippi Blues Diva” was proven true as people danced on the lawn in front of the stage.


People boogied in downtown Middlesboro on Saturday to live music by JJ Thames, the Mississippi Blues Queen. The music was part of the Levitt AMP Downtown Music Series with Discover Downtown Middlesboro.

Thames’ music was a mix of R&B, Motown, soul, blues and gospel that filled the area. Attendees danced in the lawn and seemed to enjoy ‘getting down’ downtown.

Local musician Jade Robertson was the opening act and several people came out to support area talent.

On Aug. 27, singer Jeni Carr will return to the stage for the second year in a row.

She is an Indiana native with 20 years of performing history.

Carr is a country singer and recording artist who has also performed at the Kentucky State Fair, The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, restaurants and charity events. Her music, including singles such as “Don’t Throw That Dog a Bone” has hit the top 10 on XM Radio Music Road Radio chart.

Another of Carr’s hit songs, “Grace” spent 36 weeks in the Top 20 National Inspirational Country Charts and has become an instant fan-favorite.

Her first self-titled album was a big hit and her second album, Roller Coaster, is set to be released this summer.

The Jeni Carr concert will be held at the Levitt AMP stage, beginning at 7 p.m.

Discover Downtown Middlesboro continues to work on the revitalization of the city through efforts such as this, Build a Better Block, the Wing Fling and the Ducky Dash, to name a few.

The Levitt Concert Series is free for attendees. A different concert will be held every Saturday night through Oct. 1 in downtown Middlesboro. Future performers will include Elam McKnight on Sept. 3, Molly Venter and Goodnight Moonshine on Sept. 10, the Jim Hurst Trio on Sept. 17, Kristen Brassel on Sept. 24 and Grady Champion on Oct.1.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.

Ray Welch|Daily News JJ Thames performed as part of the Levitt AMP Downtown Music Series on Aug. 20. Her nickname, “The Mississippi Blues Diva” was proven true as people danced on the lawn in front of the stage.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_jj.jpgRay Welch|Daily News JJ Thames performed as part of the Levitt AMP Downtown Music Series on Aug. 20. Her nickname, “The Mississippi Blues Diva” was proven true as people danced on the lawn in front of the stage.
Concert series continues in Middlesboro

By Kelsey Gerhardt

[email protected]

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