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WHEN: Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Doors open at 7)

WHERE: Renaissance Arts Center Theatre COST: $12

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts in partnership with Skyflight Productions presents an evening with The Barebart Movement with special guest Loves it at The Renaissance Arts Center Theater in Kingsport, TN on Friday January 24, 2014 at 8pm. Johnson Citys The Barebart Movement have been making waves in the folk world since the release of their 2011 debut album Footwork.

2013 brought the release of a new album, cross country touring, and all manners of shoeless excitement. Their new effort, Figures of the Year, comes on the heels of their west coast tour, opening for Anti Records artists The Milk Carton Kids from Denver to San Francisco to Vancouver. The record itself is a journey through a year, each song telling its part of the larger story, with both original and traditional numbers, complete with all the elements that make up the Barebart sound: lush harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation, and memorable melodies.

From the bart-tapping instrumental Sheepherder to the emotional ballad Thunder and everything in between, these roots music newcomers have assembled quite the collection here, both old songs and new, offering something for everyone.

Loves It was born in the vibrant honky tonkin community of Austin TX in 2010. Vaughn Walters and Jenny Parrott, each veterans of the road, left their other bands to hit the ground running as a duo. Their homemade melodies and rhythms are inspired by folk, country, gospeland punk. Loves It plays with a veneration for tradition and a determination to bring a modern voice to their favorite sounds. By playing 200 shows per year in the US, Europe, and Asia, Loves It has amassed a collection of all new original music for their first studio release All We Are, due out October 2013. Loves It has appeared at such festivals as Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Red Wing Roots, OK Mozart, and has appeared on Wisconsin PBS special 30 minute music hour. The harmony driven duo switches between guitars, fiddle, and banjo, often adding special guests to create a bigger sound. Kinky Friedman calls their debut album Yay an American original, another step on the road to the stars.

Show starts at 8 pm (Doors open at 7 pm.

Tickets: $12 Reserved Seats Book Now: www.EngageKingsport.com

A new partnership between the City of Kingsport and 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. 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