Sound Awareness Workshop taught by Melanie DeMore 

On Sept. 28, singer Melanie Demore will be presenting her “Sound Awareness Workshop” at noon in the East Tennessee room in the D.P. Culp University Center. This is the first of several programs and events from DeMore to take place on the ETSU campus. DeMore’s workshop will focus on the political, emotional and cultural effects of the media, particularly music and sound, on young people. DeMore is known for her solo work and workshops as well as being a founding member of Grammy-nominated, vocal ensemble “Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir.” For more information on DeMore’s future program, contact Joy Fulkerson in the Student Organization Resource Center at 423-439-8328. 

Umoja Festival 

Explore different cultures at the Umoja Festival in downtown Johnson City on Sept. 29 and 30. This annual unity festival will have live music, a parade, children’s event and much more. Come out to see this year’s parade’s Grand Marshall ETSU’s basketball coach, Steve Forbes. The parade will also feature ETSU women’s basketball coach, Brittany Ezell, as well as the men’s and women’s ETSU basketball teams. Bucky and the ETSU Marching Bucs will also be in the parade.  

Department of Music Hurricane Relief Concert 

Both students and faculty of ETSU’s Music Department will perform Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in efforts to raise money for those affected by recent hurricanes. Donations will be accepted at the door and all proceeds will go to Samaritan’s Purse. The concert will take place in auditorium 112 in Brown Hall on the ETSU Campus.  

Ranky Tanky 

Presented by the Mary B. Martin School for the Arts, this Charleston, South Carolina-based quintet mixes Gullah music gospel vocals, jazz trumpet and an R&B rhythm section. The concert will take place on Oct. 1 in the in the D. P. Culp auditorium at 6 p.m. Tickets are available online at and student tickets are only $5.