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August 15, 2019


Music Notes

See Mark O’Connor’s An Appalachian Christmas at Bristol’s Paramount at 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets, from $32 to $60, go on sale at noon Friday. A multiple Grammy winner, O’Connor’s prodigious work on violin as well as the guitar and mandolin finds him equally at home in classical as well as country and bluegrass. Applied to such Christmas songs as “Carol of the Bells” and “Winter Wonderland,” swaths of magic extend from and well beyond whichever instrument he chooses to play.

Tickets are on sale now to see Robert Earl Keen’s Countdown to Christmas show at the Paramount at 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Going quickly, good seats remain from $32 to $52 to see the man who graced the world with his seminal song, “Merry Christmas from the Family.”

Excellent tickets remain to witness country music greatness when Bill Anderson visits the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Tennessee, on Sept. 7. At press time, four seats remain unsold in the center second rows. Ten crop up in the third row.

Translated, what are you waiting for? Tickets range from but $27 to $47 to experience one of country music’s most prolific songwriters and singers of all time.

Interested? Then visit or call the box office at the Paramount at either 518 State St. or 423-274-8920.

While there, check out tickets for The John Pizzarelli Trio. Slated to appear at the Paramount on Friday, Oct. 11, the show bills as “For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole.” Excellent seats, including in the front row, retail from $22 to $42.

Make way at the Paramount for blues-rock barrelhouses Tinsley Ellis and Tommy Castro with the Painkillers. They’re kicking in the doors Nov. 29. For $32 to $42, one can pick up seats throughout the house, front row to the back.