By Richard Rourk
Music has deep roots in Unicoi County and one local business is tapping into that talent.
Music Mountain will hold its first community recital concert on Saturday, April 2, from noon to 2 p.m.
“We have seen our students grow and we want them to have that moment to celebrate their hard work,” said Lori Janis, who co-owns Music Mountain with her husband, Joel.
“We hope the community can come out and enjoy this free concert and support their neighbors as they perform.”
Music Mountain is located at 214 Gay St., Erwin.
“Our desire is to bring energy to downtown,” said Lori Janis.
Music Mountain bills itself as a one-stop music shop featuring vintage instruments, vinyl records and so much more.
“We’ve had a great response from not only locals but people come from Virginia and North Carolina looking for certain instruments we have,” said Joel Janis said. “We have a lot of interest online through Facebook and Reverb and when people realize where we are, they actually make the drive over to pick up their guitar.”
Sharing the gift of music motivates the Janis’ to come up with fun and unique projects and music instruction.
“We have over 80 students now,” Lori Janis said. “We have four instructors. Because of the desire for music in this area we have also added more dates and times.”
The couple is looking forward to the recital.
“When we opened we had the vision of having two recitals a year,” said Lori Janis. “We currently have about 45 students interested in performing and more that are working towards a later recital.
“We have seen our students grow and we want them to have that moment to celebrate their hard work,” she continued. “We hope the community can come out and enjoy this free concert and support their neighbors as they perform.”