Brackins Cuts Music Schedule, Maryville College's Clayton Center Opens

Brackins Bar in Maryville is reducing its live music schedule starting this month. The club used to feature local and touring blues acts, along with occasional rock and country bands, three or four nights a week. This month, there's only Blue Mother Tupelo, scheduled to play on Friday, Jan. 22.

But the new Clayton Center for the Arts, a $47.3 million complex on the Maryville College campus that's been in the works for more than 10 years, will more than make up for Brackins' cutbacks. The center will hold its first performances in February (Chasing George Washington, a historical theatrical production for children) and a weekend-long grand opening celebration in March. The schedule includes the Maryville College Choir on Thursday, March 25; country singer Jo Dee Messina on Friday, March 26; a premier gala performance with local and regional artists and entertainers on Saturday, March 27; and the outdoor-themed Banff Film Festival on Sunday, March 28.

Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys are scheduled at the Clayton Center on Thursday, April 29.