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WHEN: Feb 22, 2014 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30)

WHERE: Renaissance Arts Center Theatre COST: $15

Reserved Seat Tickets: Book Now at www.EngageKingsport.com

Acclaimed blue artist  Gina Sicilia  is a dynamic roots music vocalist.  Her 2007 debut recording Allow Me To Confess was nominated for a Blues Music Award Best New Artist Debut. While well known in the blues world, Sicilia demonstrates an array of influences from country, Americana, R&B, to pop which gives her a unique soulful voice that separates her from other singers on the scene.  A bona fide rising star, Sicilia has opened for acts such as Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, Shemekia Copeland, and others while performing at some of the biggest Blues Festivals in North America including the Ottawa Blues Festival, Pittsburgh Blues Festival, and the Bayfront Blues Festival..  In April 2013, Sicilia released It Wasnt Real on the VizzTone Label Group and has begun picking up blues airplay on CKUT in Montreal, WRFGs Good Morning Blues in Atlanta and WQCYs Blues till noon w/Jerry D out of Quincy, IL and more.

Not since Susan Tedeschi has a young female blues singer made such a strong impression.remarkable voice -Blues Revue

Ginas Official Web Site: http://www.ginasicilia.com/

A new partnership between the City of Kingsport & Mr. Toby Weisend will result in fresh new musical performances at the Renaissance Theatre over the next year.

Unlike any concert series Kingsport has seen in the past, Toby Weisend brings his eclectic Skyflight Productions brand to the Tri-Cities.

Former Ohio resident and president of Skyflight Productions, Toby Weisend, has focused his attention in adding a new cultural element to Kingsport, Tennessee. Over the last three years Weisend has welcomed artists of all genres, including several Grammy-nominated artists, to rural eastern Ohio from literally all over the globe including France, Canada and Australia. The concerts have been very successful, enhancing and enriching the small community of Barnesville, Ohio. Channeling his ideas, visions and goals into a small town setting certainly goes against the grain of most entrepreneurial promoters. Rather than competing for a reputable presence in an overcrowded metropolitan “scene”, Weisend firmly believes that a small community can support and prosper from cultural expression. “Many artistic/creative individuals in a small town have not had the opportunity or resources to experience the nourishment from some of the nation’s underappreciated musicians willing to share their creations.” Weisend believes that his project will survive from word of mouth, lack of competition and stellar performances. Every show I produce, I put my reputation on the line.

Weisend supports community efforts and energy and believes that this is the forum to make a community thrive. If the concert series is supported and well-attended, Weisend will expand his quest, potentially acquiring larger-scale talent. There will be no boundaries in genre selection; national talent will be of utmost importance.

An incredible line up is already set for Kingsport all the way through the summer of 2014 and plans are being set for fall as well.

All Skyflight Production shows feature reserved seating in the beautiful Renaissance Theatre, where there is not a bad seat in the house.  Refreshments will be for sale at the theatre.

For complete descriptions of the Skyflight shows and to purchase tickets visit the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts website: www.EngageKingsport.com or call (423) 392-8414