Newport hosts first ever Routes [roots] to the River Music & Cultural Arts Festival located behind City Hall in downtown Newport, TN from 12 pm – 10 pm on May 4th

Come join us for the first ever FREE Routes to the River Music and Cultural Arts Festival to celebrate our East Tennessee cultural roots and heritage. We have a great lineup for you and your family to enjoy:

❖ Cruz Contreras and Band–The frontman, founder, and driving force behind The Black Lillies’ raw and
rootsy sound also co-founded Robinella and the CCstringband.
❖ Robinella and Friends–playing original Americana and cover tunes with a driving beat.
❖ Andrea Kukuly Uriarte and the Gypsy Fuego–blending Latino, Brazilian, Spanish, and French swing
❖ AniKituhwa–Cherokee dancers, drummers, and storytellers
❖ Boogertown Gap –Old-Time String Band, Appalachian music, and storytellers
❖ Todd Wright–hammered dulcimer and multi-instrumentalist and master of old-time traditional music
❖ Lew Bolton–Award-winning storyteller and author of “Wiley Oakley Man of the Mountains”

Additionally, local artists will craft and sell their wares while demonstrators from around the region will display such art as Native American crocheted dolls, gourd art, moonshine still building, and much more. Bring a chair and enjoy the cuisine from Nikki’s Fry Bread, Gill’s BBQ, Baz Bakery and Deli, as well as some local restaurants in downtown Newport all within walking distance. This is a FREE family-friendly event.

The Routes to the River Music and Cultural Arts Festival will be as diverse and dynamic as the Appalachian and Cherokee people have always been. The festival will offer a fantastic melding of musical and historical arts infused and revitalized with new ideas and knowledge. Explore the heritage that you may have forgotten and art that celebrates where we are now and where we are going in the future at this unique event.

Partnering with:
City of Newport
Cocke County Parks and Recreation
Sponsored by:
Tennessee Arts Commission
Thriving Artist Co-op
Ole Smoky Distillery
Duncan and Greer Center
Foust Signs and Designs
Logic Marketing/Brainchild
For more information contact: Marilyne Asbury | Festival Coordinator | 859-321-0900

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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