Free Concerts - Oak Ridge Civic Center Amphitheater

Join us for ORNL Federal Credit Union’s second year of its free summer music series, the Summer Sessions! All concerts will be held outdoors at the pavilion in Bissell Park, 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge, and are free to the public.

Bring your lawn chairs and your friends and family for an evening of free Americana roots music. Oak Ridge’s own Crafter’s Brew will be on-site with craft beer along with local food truck vendors.

A special thanks to WDVX for their support of this event and bringing Americana music to Oak Ridge.

Stay informed about performances and weather-related cancellations.


2019 Summer Concert Series Lineup

June 15 6:00-9:00 PM

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Jim Lauderdale Band

Jim Lauderdale is both a "songwriter's songwriter," who's written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists, as well as an intuitive sideman, who's enhanced the music of a bevy of esteemed musicians. As a solo artist, since 1986 up until now, he's created a body work spanning 29 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock, as well as helping pave the way for the current Americana movement.

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Steve Gulley And New Pinnacle

East Tennessee native Steve Gulley (Mountain Heart, Grasstowne, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver) with his bluegrass band, New Pinnacle, which includes members Bryan Turner, Gary Robinson Jr, and Matthew Cruby.

July 13 6:00-9:00 PM

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The Travelin' McCourys

The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.

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Circus No. 9

East Tennessee’s own Progressive Bluegrass outfit, blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Jazz, and Rock. Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” the group has appeared alongside artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, among others.

August 17 6:00-9:00 PM

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Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

Bandleader Ricky Skaggs plays mandolin and is the lead vocalist. The group has won the Instrumental Group of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association multiple times, as well as seven Grammy Awards.


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Blue Moon Rising

Blue Moon Rising is a nationally touring band from East Tennessee comprised of Chris West, Keith Garrett (of the Boxcars), Justin Jenkins (of Grasstowne), Randall Massengill, Tim Tipton, and Brandon Bostic. BMR garnered international recognition with the release of their third album, “On the Rise” (Lonesome Day Records) that proved to be a symbolic title for the group as the album debuted at #14 on the BILLBOARD Top 50 Bluegrass Chart in 2005.

September 14 6:00-9:00 PM





Molly Tuttle is a vocalist, songwriter, banjo player and guitarist, recording artist and teacher in the bluegrass tradition, noted for her flatpicking, clawhammer, and cross-picking guitar prowess.

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Alex Leach Band

Alex Leach is the banjo player and harmony vocalist with Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys. He is as country as they come, and a fine singer in the old time style.