1. After 14 months on the road, playing over 245 shows across 45 states, Kristen Ford’s one woman band sailed off the map to South America this past fall. Now, Kristen returns to the United States and picks right back up where she left off with her “Never Ending Tour.” Her next performance near you will be at the Acoustic Coffeehouse, 415 W. Walnut St., Johnson City Jan. 10 at 10 p.m. Kristen's "Never-Ending Tour" has delighted audiences across the country in support of her latest release “Tighten It Up,” which is available at www.kristenfordmusic.com.
2. Mountain Rose will perform from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Down Home. Admission is $12 at the door. Mountain Rose plays a different array of genres, mostly rock and folk done with a bluegrass touch, as well as some traditional bluegrass and gospel. It’s a little something for everyone. The band features lead vocalist Rick Holtsclaw on guitar, Tammy Perry on banjo, Randy Grindstaff on bass, Jerome Webb on mandolin and David Johnson on guitar.
3. The Revenant, a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by the Academy-award winning director of “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” will premiere in local theaters Thursday evening. The film follows the trials of Hugh Glass, an adventurer who’s left for dead by his traveling companions after a bear attack cripples him in the frigid wilderness. After watching one of his companions murder his son, Glass is driven by a desire for revenge and traverses the cold, perilous landscape in search of the men who betrayed him.
4. The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room will host two musical acts on Saturday: this mountain and Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass. this mountain is from Johnson City and formed in late 2010 as a collective of friends and musicians of varying backgrounds. They have been featured at festivals such as Knoxville’s Rhythm N’ Blooms, Johnson City’s Blue Plum Festival and Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Reunion. Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass is a blues/dance/rock project based in Johnson City. The group is comprised of some of the best musicians out of the Tri-Cities area. The show starts at 8 p.m., and the cost of admission is $10.
5. While the Florida outfit Trivium commenced touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2011 album In Waves, the members — Matt Heafy, Paolo Gregoletto, Corey Beaulieu, and Nick Augusto — started compiling ideas for what would eventually become their new album, Vengeance Falls. In fact, the road would even serve as a crucial catalyst for the music. Johnson Citians will have the chance to listen to songs from Trivium’s Vengeance Falls during the band’s show at Capone’s, starting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The show is available to adults age 18 and up. Tickets are $17.