Do you enjoy live music and/or standup comedy? If so, you’ll want to be at the Acoustic Coffeehouse and its sister venue, the Next Door, at 415 W. Walnut St., in Johnson City, TN, on Thursday, April 27th. So, you can go to one or the other, or walk back and forth between the events, and enjoy the entertainment while contributing to the betterment of our community.
In the Coffeehouse, Kryss Dula & Friends will play at 8pm and Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass will play at 10pm. The show at the Coffeehouse will be FREE though the musicians ask that everyone who is able, to please bring as much non-perishable food as they can spare, to put in the barrel at the door for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast TN. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast TN provided 8.75 million meals to those in need in our area, in fiscal year 2015-16. Our Second Harvest affiliate is the only standalone food bank in the local 8 county region and they have served our region for over 25 years.
Simultaneously, beginning at 9pm, Comedians Tom Scheve, Jessica Lane, and Sam Rucker, will perform at the Next Door. By show time, it is possible other comedians will be added to the bill. The comedy show cover will be $5, with all proceeds going to the Bread Homeless Service, a youth ministry charity project led by Andrew Harrison Cox. It is important to note this is an uncensored show, and not appropriate for children. Bread Homeless Service aims to help the homeless in the Tri-Cities area.
Samuel Rucker hosts, books, organizes, and advertises a series of monthly open mic standup comedy shows, which he started two years ago. This monthly series is the only open mic comedy show in Johnson City, and anyone who wishes to try their hand at standup is welcome to sign up at those events. This Thursday’s event is what he calls the annual Super Show.
Both Kryss Dula & Friends and Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass are long supporters of local charity causes. Dula organizes two music concerts a year at The Acoustic Coffeehouse, which benefit Second Harvest. He notes that various bands rotate through the headline slot, where he and his Friends serve as the opening act. Dula says “Our group consists of any of about 25 local musicians who may or may not be available for any specific event.” He estimates that over 50 musicians have played with the Friends on at least one occasion, and that, “a good time is guaranteed.” You can find more information about Kryss Dula & Friends at www.reverbnation.com/kryssdula and www.facebook.com/kryssdula.
Dula said he’s particularly enthusiastic that Amythyst Kiah is in the headlining slot this Thursday. Amythyst and Her Chest of Glass (featuring members of ‘this mountain,’ another amazing local original band) play original Americana music, as well as select covers from iconic artists such as Dolly Parton. To give the reader an idea of the powerful and stunning talent that Amythyst possess, this is her last local show before joining Rhiannon Giddens (internationally famous as a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who is now in the midst of a stellar solo career) on a national tour. Further, Amythyst has played tours in the UK twice in the last couple of years, to tremendous acclaim, and will perform at the Cambridge Folk Festival again this summer. And, she was also featured on an episode from Season 2 of the PBS TV series “David Holt’s State of Music.”
For more information about this event, go to www.acousticcoffeehouse.net or call (423) 434-9872.