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Music on the Square Opening Night
May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Live music in downtown Jonesborough returns Friday, May 6 with Music on the Square featuring Grammy nominated duo Trey Hensley & Rob Ickes. Music on the Square takes place in front of the Washington County Courthouse on Main Street in downtown Jonesborough each Friday evening May 6 through September 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Music on the Square is a free event open to the public. This season, Music on the Square will feature a diverse range of music including bluegrass, jazz, rock, americano and blues.
The Town of Jonesborough is excited to kick off this summer music series with Jonesborough local, Trey Hensley.
Food options every Friday night include a weekly rotating food truck and downtown Jonesborough restaurants, East Tennessee Hemp Company, Gigi’s Pantry, Jonesborough Barrell House, and Texas Burritos & More. Carry out options are available.
The 2022 Music on the Square lineup order is Cruz Contreras, Fritz & Co., The Jake Dwyer Band, Grammy Award winner and 2 time Emmy nominee Dom Flemons, Momma Molasses, Underhill Rose, Tennessee Stifflegs, Bill & the Belles, Sam Collie and the Roustabouts, Johnson City Jazz Collective, Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers, Dave Eggar, Whitetop Mountain Band, Daniel Byrd’s Boogie Machine, Florencia & the Feeling, Rainbow Girls, Donnie and the Dry Heavers, Randi Driscoll and Jake Quillin. Promotional photos included in the Dropbox link.
New Music on the Square t-shirts are available for purchase at the merchandise table every Friday night during the event. They are also available at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, located at 117 Boone Street.
Jonesborough’s Yoga in the Park will also begin with this summer music series. Yoga in the Park will start Friday, May 6 and continue to Friday, September 30 on Fridays at 6 p.m. in Mill Spring Park in downtown Jonesborough. The classes will also take place on Sundays at 4 p.m. in Jimmy Neil Smith Park behind the International Storytelling Center in downtown Jonesborough. Each class lasts an hour. There is no cost to participate, but donations are welcome. All levels are welcome from beginners to advance. Participants can bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket. There will be no classes held on May 20, June 3, July 1, July 3 and September 2. These classes are weather permitting.
For more information go to Jonesborough.com/mots or call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423.753.1010. This year’s event is sponsored by Cumulus Media, McCleod Organics and Humana.
TREY HENSLEY & ROB ICKES BIO
Take a 15-time IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Dobro Player of the Year and a Tennessee-born guitar prodigy who made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 11, and you have Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, a powerhouse acoustic duo that has electrified the acoustic music scene.
Known for their white-hot picking, stone country vocals with soul and world class live musicianship, Ickes and Hensley meld together blues, bluegrass, country, rock and other string band music of all kinds to form a signature blend of music that defies restrictions of genre. They are equally at home on stages of prestigious performing arts centers, theatres and the Grand Ole Opry as they are on Americana, jamgrass, bluegrass and jam band festivals.
Ickes co-founded the highly influential bluegrass group Blue Highway and has been a sought-after Nashville session player and live performing musician for decades, with credits to his name such as Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire and Alison Krauss. Hensley has been called “Nashville’s hottest young player” by Acoustic Guitar magazine and his soulful baritone vocals have received acclaim as well. Influenced by repertoires as diverse as The Allman Brothers Band, Ray Charles, Merle Haggard and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hensley has shared stages with artists such as Johnny Cash, Steve Wariner, and Peter Frampton. As a duo, Ickes and Hensley have shared the stage and collaborated with Tommy Emmanuel, Taj Mahal, David Grisman, and Jorma Kaukonen & Hot Tuna — all enthusiastic admirers of the duo — as well as Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi All Stars, Molly Tuttle, and many more. The duo were key players on “Original,” the recent highly lauded Compass album by bluegrass giant Bobby Osborne; their participation garnered a Recorded Event Of The Year Award for Bobby’s version of “Got To Get A Message To You” on that album at this year’s IBMA Awards; they also were on the 2016 Recorded Event winner, ”Fireball,” featuring Special Consensus, in 2016.
The 2022 music schedule is as follows: