WHEN: Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 8-11pm. (Doors Open at 7pm)

WHERE: Renaissance Arts Center Theatre COST: $12

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

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts in partnership with Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Audrey Auld on Saturday March 8, 2014 at The Renaissance Arts Center Theater in Kingsport, Tennessee. Special guest William Borg Schmitt will open the show.

Devils are not the only thing to come from Tasmania. Singer-songwriter Audrey Aulds heart is in Country/Folk music, with a presence as big as The Outback. Her songs are the wry and poignant observations of an Aussie troubadour touring the States since 2003. Recorded in Nashville, Aulds 2013 release Tonk is a breath of fresh country air, right out of a Saturday night honky tonk.

Right from the outset, this latest release from the Nashville residing Aussie sets out to be a blueprint of how traditional country music can be made relevant in the 21st Century and Audrey succeeds in this mission. ~ Three Chords and the Truth, UK

Ever the fearlessly independent woman, she runs her own label Reckless Records and enjoys great success as a songwriter. Aulds songs are recorded by Nashville stars and Carter Family descendants, are heard on the Grand Ole Opry, TV shows (Justified, The Good Guys, Longmire) and within the walls of San Quentin Prison where she has hosted songwriting workshops since 2006.

The only problem with Auld is trying to decide if shes more remarkable as a singer or a songwriter, which isnt the worst problem an artist can have. ~ John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music, Austin, TX, April 2012

An honest and witty writer and a spontaneous comedienne, Auld is never afraid to venture into the dark places of life and shine a humorous light upon them. Its in her live show that youll really meet her. Shes entertaining, funny, heartfelt and dry. Youll laugh and cry. Shes wickedly witty with a country sound that harks back to the days of a tight frock and a promise. But dont be barled – shes Australian after all.

William Borg Schmitt:

Inspired as much by Thoreau as Guthrie, William Borg Schmitt is a talented young music artist based in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. His songs exude a passion for life expressed through autobiographical reflection and nature based metaphor.

Born and raised in Southwest Iowa, Will’s journey into music began in 1998 when he bought a guitar with his first paycheck. One year later, he fulfilled a longtime dream by forming a rock band with a few of his closest friends. Being from Iowa, they decided to name the group after a particularly high yielding hybrid of corn called Funks G. Over the course of the next decade, the band released several albums and performed over 200 concerts across the USA.

Inspired by the likes of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and Iowa’s own Greg Brown, Dave Moore, and William Elliott Whitmore, Will spent the Summer of 2010 rambling across the United States as a traveling minstrel. During the course of his music inspired travels, he performed at music festivals, coffee shops, concert halls, and folks’ homes all over the country, living out of a 20 year old Chevy Sportvan named Gina.

Show starts at 8pm (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 Arts Center 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 Arts Center Theatre, where there is not a bad seat in the house.  The Renaissance Arts Center is conveniently located at 1200 East Center Street in Kingsport Tennessee.  Visitors may easily access the facility from I-26, by taking exit 51, Wilcox Drive, and proceeding 3.1 miles to Center Street.  At Center Street take a left and the facility is on your right as you top the hill.

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.