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Aug. 23, 2021

Bert Street Music Series features My New Favorites

The musically seasoned My New Favorites will perform at Memorial Park Community Center’s outdoor amphitheater Thursday, Aug. 26. 

My New Favorites feature a mix of honky-tonk and Appalachian music that is authentic enough for purists and progressive enough for folks who are ready to hear Michael Jackson or the Allman Brothers Band played on the old-time clawhammer banjo.

Led by award-winning songwriter Jeffrey Benedict, My New Favorites is danceable, fun-loving and funny. They feature top-notch fiddling from virtuoso Westley Harris and sweet vocal harmonies from bass player supreme Amy Benedict. Jason Carpenter, a one-man-band percussionist, rounds out the sound.

My New Favorites have been featured at Merlefest, Bristol's Rhythm & Roots Reunion, the Blue Plum Festival, on the PBS-TV series "Song of the Mountains,” and at many other festivals and music venues in Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina.

Each Bert Street Music Series concert will be held 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays at MPCC, 510 Bert St. The stage will face the tiered amphitheater below the famous Doughboy statue and veterans memorial plaza. Seating is open on the surrounding grassy areas, so blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Concessions will be on site. Free parking is available at the center and the Municipal & Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

The remaining series schedule is as follows:

Aug. 26: My New Favorites

Sept. 2: Jesse Barry and the Jam

Sept. 9: Blaze the City

Sept. 16: Hillbilly Bad

The Bert Street Music Series is presented by the Johnson City Press, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Campbell’s Morrell Music, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call 423-283-5827.