Java Jive, the popular cabaret style concert series, returns to Rose Center’s Prater Hall on November 22nd featuring Hancock County native, Toby Gibson.

Each year the concert series runs from November thru May, with shows each month. These intimate concert experiences are micro-fundraisers for Rose Center Council for the Arts. Artists and performers donate their services, and the audience is produced free to the public. During intermission, baskets are passed through the crowd for donations.

Candy Durman, coordinator of the series, says, “This is such a successful program for Rose Center. Not only does it allow us to offer high quality shows to the public for free, it also provides solo stage time for local amateur and professional performers alike. “

Both of these benefits are perfectly aligned with our overall mission to bring great art to the community. We have used the funds generated by the series to purchase sound equipment, make repairs and improvements to the facility, and directly fund our various music programs.”

The 2019-2020 Java Jive season opens with a performance by Toby Gibson. Toby is perhaps best known currently as the front man of Tom’s Handgun, an Americana rock band with strong southern soul roots. Tom’s Handgun has been playing regionally to much success and an ever-growing base of fans. Toby is a thoughtful song-writer, who sticks to his roots. His authenticity and unique style results in a deep fusion of old school country and rock with hints of gospel and even some old-time thrown in. His lyrics are both catchy and well-crafted. And, folks can hear a unique blend of influences in his guitar style, which is full, well-practiced, and rich. Toby is an experienced performer, talented musician, and powerful writer who combines these assets in an easy fashion that results in a thoroughly entertaining show.

“This first Java Jive of the season is really special. Not only does it feature one of my favorite performers, Toby Gibson, we are also doing this first show as a companion program to the Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit.”

Throughout the month of November, Rose Center, in partnership with Humanities Tennessee and the Smithsonian Institution, will host The exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America, is part of the Museum on Main Street initiative by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service. More than just an exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America is a two-year commitment by Rose Center Council for the Arts to explore the culture, history, and future of our Lakeway Area.

“Toby Gibson is from Hancocke County, and during his show, he will be talking about his Melungeon history and heritage, as well as sharing his wonderful talents as a musician with us”, explains Candy Durman regarding this first concert. Durman continues, “And, most folks don’t know this about Toby, but he is a published poet, and he will be reading selections from his work that evening as well”. Java Jive will be Toby Gibson’s first solo show at Rose Center.

The 2019-2020 Java Jive opens November 22nd. Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the show starts promptly at 7 PM. The show is free and open to the public with general admission table seating. No reservations are accepted. Guests are permitted to bring snacks, adult beverages, and other table decorations. At each Java Jive concert the guest table with the best looking food and drinks will be awarded the coveted, “Golden Cocktail Nappy of Distinction” award. Guests are encouraged to arrive early as seating is first-come, first-serve.

Crossroads: Change in Rural America has been made possible at Rose Center in Morristown, TN by Humanities Tennessee. Crossroads: Change in Rural America is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

The exhibit will be on display in the Edith Davis Gallery throughout the month of November.