In the spotlight: A nature hike, Little Chicago and the root of the rhythm.

Jessica Fuller • Aug 10, 2018 at 2:47 PM

Johnson City 

1. Don’t miss a beat at Little Chicago Downtown Music and Arts Festival this weekend: 

Nelson Stage: East Main Street and Colonial Way
Main Stage: East Main Street and Buffalo
Nelson Stage Main Stage Nelson Stage Main Stage
12:30 p.m. Donnie & the Dry-Heavers 1 p.m. Aaron Jaxon Band 12:30 p.m. Achy 1 p.m. JB 5 n Dime
2 p.m. Hip Gypsy  2:30 p.m. Magus and the Movers 2 p.m. FM Silence 2:30 p.m. Jackdraws 7
3:30 p.m. Mind Modes 4 p.m. Loose Leaves 3:30 p.m. Art Smashes Records 4 p.m. Sammy Guns Band
5 p.m. Mahto and the Loose Balloons 5:30 p.m. Jake Quillin Band 5 p.m. American Dropouts 5:30 p.m. Rhythm & the Roosevelts
6:30 p.m. Gipsy Danger 7 p.m. Fritz & Co. 6:30 p.m. Dullside 7 p.m. Tan & Sober Gentlemen
8 p.m. Daybreaker 8:30 p.m. A Great Disaster 8 p.m. The Force Field 9:15 p.m. DJ Breese
9:30 p.m. Indighost 10 p.m. The Kindest People 9:30 p.m. Scull Soup    



1. Make sure you bring your hiking shoes to Warriors Path State Park, 490 Hemlock Road, Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. for a two-mile hike around the remote corners of the park. Seek out wildlife tracks and signs on a guided tour that is expected to last until noon. Weather permitting, you may even get to make plaster tracks as a keepsake. Register for this event online at tnstateparks.itinio.com/warriors-path. 


1 A month out from the annual Rhythm and Roots Reunion, take an afternoon at the Birthplace of Country Music and Museum, 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, to see how the festival got its roots 17 years ago with nine stages, a few thousand stages and about 100 bands. The exhibit opens Saturday in the special exhibits gallery and will run through Oct. 21. Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. 

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