Abingdon January Jams Promises Diverse Music Line-Up
A diverse music line-up is on tap in January in Abingdon as the sixth annual January Jams concert series, produced by Abingdon Music Experience and presented by Blue Ridge Beverage, gets underway at the Barter Theatre. From alt-country to soul to bluegrass and rock, Fridays and Saturdays in January promise something for music lovers of all ages and all genres.
Opportunities to see the legendary Booker T. Jones, as well as David Grisman and John Paul White this close to home are few and far between, but this year, all three will be a part of the January Jams series.
“This is our most diverse January Jams lineup yet,” said Sara Saavedra, special events coordinator for the Town of Abingdon. “From African-American alt-country singer Amythyst Kiah; the soul musician and living legend Booker T. Jones; to the Nashville-based Muddy Magnolias, currently exploding on the scene with a sound that Rolling Stone says ‘melds city grit and delta dirt,’ we have something for everyone.”
The concert series, produced by Abingdon Music Experience and presented by Blue Ridge Beverage, will see concert goers enjoying January nights or weekends of music in the historic Barter Theatre in downtown Abingdon. Since the series started six years ago, the Barter has had a full house attending the events to see nationally known music acts which in past years have included music legends like the Blind Boys of Alabama and Del McCoury, as well as up and coming artists who went on to gain a huge national following, like St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Anderson East.
This year’s January Jams promises more of the same. As in the past, the series features nationally known performers, including Grammy Award winners and a Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
“We paid a lot of attention to diversity this year as we were booking the series,” Saavedra said. “Diversity in music, gender and ethnicity are all a part of this year’s series. Abingdon is a music destination for any music lover, and this lineup includes a wide range of legendary musicians alongside up and coming acts out of Nashville.”
Attending January Jams at Barter Theatre is special, because it’s an intimate, “listening room” experience, Saavedra said. The concerts are seated, and the focus is 100 percent on the music. Additionally, she noted the Barter also offers beer and wine for sale in the lobby, which can be enjoyed in concert seating.
“There is life after New Years,” Saavedra said. “Abingdon is open for business every Friday and Saturday in January. It’s the perfect excuse to cure your cabin fever, come out to Abingdon and enjoy dinner at one of our independent restaurants.
“Make it an overnight, and enjoy a weekend of music,” she suggested. “Abingdon’s restaurants and hotels are open for business and you can enjoy very affordable rates because it’s the off season. Walk to nearby restaurants, or ask about shuttle services to local hotels.”
Nightly, weekend and series passes for the January Jams series are available. Season passes are $210.
A bluegrass weekend package is offered at the Hampton Inn for $398 which includes two weekend passes and a two-night stay at the Hampton Inn. All packages or weekend/series passes may be purchased through the Barter Box Office.
January Jams 2018 is presented by Blue Ridge Beverage and is sponsored by Eastman Credit Union, First Community Bank, The Bank of Marion and Universal Fibers. Additional support is provided by Food City, JJ’s Restaurant and Sports Bar and the Town of Abingdon.
January Jams kicks off with Amythyst Kiah & Lillie Mae
Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass / January 5th
A professed Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter based in Johnson City, TN. Provocative and coolly fierce, Amythyst Kiah’s ability to cross the boundaries of blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable. Recent tours in Scotland and the U.K. have seen Amythyst performing for audiences at the Americana Music Association UK Showcase, the Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival. She is a crowd favorite at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in the U.S., has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival.
Lillie Mae / January 6th
Nashville-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Lillie Mae is a remarkably gifted musical storyteller, a bright new star that’s been here all along. Her much anticipated, Third Man Records debut “Forever and Then Some” which is produced by multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner Jack White III at Third Man Studio in Nashville, weaves her own extraordinary experiences with the myriad strains of Americana to create a breathtaking song cycle of romance and struggle, solitude and adventure.
January 5: Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass, $15.
January 6: Lillie Mae, $18 or Weekend: $30.
January 12: John Paul White
January 13: John Moreland
January 19: David Grisman & John Sebastian
January 20: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen with Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
January 26: Muddy Magnolias
January 27: Booker T. Jones