Hallelujah! Holy Ghost Tent Revival plays Northeast State Nov. 4

The name catches your eye, but the music awakens your ears. Characterized as “explosively intoxicating,” the Greensboro, N.C.-based band Holy Ghost Tent Revival performs a free concert at Northeast State on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

Melding brass with banjo, guitar, bass, drums, and keys this six-piece ensemble boasts an eclectic mash of instruments and styles – a musical alchemy of their own. It is this transcendent energy that continuously propels Holy Ghost Tent Revival to play the heart and soul of a North Carolina-born, genre-defying new groove. With a penchant for crafting thoughtfully playful lyrics and graced with exceptional musical skills, there are seemingly no boundaries for this group as they travel the country spreading the magic of their heart-throbbing, foot-stomping, good-time music.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival is Stephen Murray playing the banjo and guitar, Matt Martin on guitar and banjo, Hank Widmer on trombone and euphonium, Patrick Leslie on bass, Ross Montsinger on the drums, and Mike O'Malley on keys.

Admission is free! Information, contact 279.7668 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


Northeast State welcomes Swami Ma Kripananda

Northeast State Community College would like to invite you to attend a lecture and meditation workshop by Swami Ma Kripananda on Oct. 28.

The lecture, “What Meditation and Yoga Have Taught Me,” begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by a meditation workshop from noon to 1:20 p.m in the auditorium of the main campus at Blountville.

Ma Kripananda (KripaMa) serves as resident swami at Shoshoni Yoga Retreat, an ashram and thriving spiritual community, located in the Colorado Rockies just outside of Boulder, Co. She has studied and practiced yoga and meditation for 30 years, and has been a senior meditation teacher under the guidance of Rishi Mahamandaleshwar Sri Shambhavananda, founder of the Shambhava School of Yoga, for 15 years.

KripaMa draws on her life experiences as mother, poet, corporate executive, and Sanskrit scholar along with deep devotion to spiritual growth, to fuel her passion for teaching and writing about meditation. You can learn more about Shoshoni Yoga Retreat and the Shambhava School of Yoga at www.shoshoni.org.

For more information about the lecture and workshop contact Christal Hensley at cmhensley@northeaststate.edu or 423.323.2595.


Northeast State commemorates Disability Awareness Week Oct. 11-15

Northeast State Community College commemorates Disability Awareness Week Oct. 11-15 focusing on individuals who have battled and triumphed over disabilities.

The Northeast State Center for Students with Disabilities is sponsoring a weeklong series of events where students and guests will discuss how they overcame challenges associated with their disabilities.

On Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education Darby Patrick, a Mount Carmel resident who was buried alive during a sewer construction accident in 1998 recounts his struggle to survive and recover from an accident that cost him the use of his legs. An episode of the National Geographic Channel’s television series, “I Was Buried Alive” featured Patrick ’s ordeal.

A student panel discussion entitled, “Let’s Talk Disabilities,” Northeast State students discuss their own challenges with the disabilities that changed their lives and how they learned to manage them. This event begins at 10:30 a.m., on Oct. 13 in the auditorium of the main campus at Blountville.

Hear the story of how courage, family, and music brought a musician back from near death when musician/singer Jason Crigler and his sister, Marjorie, share his incredible survival story in Defying the Odds at 12 noon on Oct. 14 at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts. Informational displays about disability services at Northeast State are available at all the College’s teaching sites.

For more information, call 423.279.7640.


Legendary horror effects artist Tom Savini to visit Northeast State

Zombies, Jason Voorhees, and Leatherface. Behind these famously scary faces of modern horror films is Tom Savini, a show business legend who designed and executed shocking special makeup effects and performed stunts in films that have terrified three generations of moviegoers.

Come hear Savini talk about the art of blood and guts when he visits Northeast State Community College on Oct. 20 for two presentations at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium and 7 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

The Pittsburgh-born Savini honed his knowledge of makeup with his army training as a combat photographer serving in Vietnam from 1969-70. He began his adventure into the movie business with the philosophy that, “The more you do the more you get to do.”

His credits as artist, actor, and stuntman include Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th, Day of the Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Monkey Shines, Knightriders, Maniac, Two Evil Eyes, Killing Zoe, and From Dusk Til Dawn. For the next six years he worked as a freelance photographer "From Cheeseburgers to Politicians," by day and an actor/makeup artist at night, doing repertory regional theater in North Carolina. Savini’s skills got him noticed. He was besieged by producers who let him create innovative and shocking effects, and sometimes perform stunts, play roles, and stage fights. He took his turn behind the camera directing three episodes of the Tales from the Darkside television series and the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead.

He operates his own special make up effects company, Tom Savini, LTD. His Special MakeUp Effects School, part of the Douglas Education Center, has become an enormous success enrolling students from all over the country.

His appearance at Northeast State is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the College’s Cultural Activities Committee. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.