Join us every Friday night in June for some great music, some killer food and great prizes in the E-Raffle. Bring your chair and relax in the shade of the courthouse lawn trees. Great way to spend the evening with friends and family.
Scroll on for pictures and bios of the bands performing this year.
Formerly the Michael Seabolt band, playing all your rock favorites. Same guys, same music, new name.
Country rock at its best. Nominated for 6 Josie Music awards this year.
New to the Summer Nights Stage this year, you will recognize the lead singer as Georgette Boozer who performed last year. Georgette has been nominated for a Josie music award for songwriter this year.
A local favorite never fails to entertain and leave the audience wanting more.
In 2019 Rhea Heritage Preservation Foundation was looking for a sponsor for their Summer Nights Music Festival. Nokian Tyres had just opened their first United States tire plant in Dayton and were looking for ways to be a part of and help out the community. So it was that the two became partners in presenting Rhea County with a quality, free, month long music festival on the Famous Rhea County Courthouse outdoor stage.
2020 was a year that we all saw pass us by with little activity. The Nokian Tyres Summer Nights fell victim to the cancellations of the year but came back strong in 2021 with a rockin’ lineup of fantastic bands. Food vendors were a welcome addition to accommodate the crowds. An E-Raffle was added and every week some lucky person went home with a great prize, the highlight being a full set of Nokian Tyres on the last night.
It looks like 2022 is going to outshine last year with another great lineup of bands for each Friday night in June. Food vendors will be there again, the E-Raffle is set for each night with a different prize and another set of Nokian tires given away on the last night.
We at Rhea Heritage Foundation are proud and excited to have Nokian Tyres as our Summer Nights sponsor and are very appreciative to them for all their support and help with the production of this wonderful event.
Rhea Heritage Foundation
Guitar extraordinaire and former member of Rhea Springs Revival, Michael Seabolt, wanted to get back to his love of 70s classic rock music. He achieved this goal by recruiting 3 dedicated and talented musicians, with a combined total 100+ years experience. In 2019, The Michael Seabolt Band was born. In 2021 the band changed it’s name to The Marshall Reeves band.
Front man, Guitarist and drummer, Andrew Sexton, rips out riffs that give their work meaning. Bassist David Tissi, formerly of The Austin Nichols and Southern Breeze Bands, lays down some cool and clean bass lines combined with his vocal offerings. Rounding out the team, Founder Michael Seabolt is quite impressive on both lead guitar and rhythm. Together, Marshall Reeves Band combines forces with a crowd-pleasing classic rock show with an edge….while letting the good times roll. This band will not disappoint!!!
“Southern Rock Barbie”, “Leading Lady of Southern Rock”…those are monikers that have been assigned to Michelle Leigh by her fans and Jacksonville, Florida media over the last few years, and she works tirelessly to give the Southern Rock genre the respect, quality and honesty that it is due.
But Her musical roots are All over the place! When asked about her musical influences, she lists Tina Turner at the top of the list, followed by Dolly Parton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Travis Tritt, and……yep, Cher! She is a veritable musical mosaic.
Michelle has worked with some of the finest in the Country Music & Southern Rock business- Jamie O’Neal, Kent Wells (Dolly Parton), Jimmy Mattingly (Reba McEntire), Billy Nobel (Tim McGraw), Charlie Kelley, David Fowler and many more. She has shared the stage with Greats such as Ted Nugent, Black Oak Arkansas, Confederate Railroad, Kentucky Headhunters & Colt Ford, Greg T. Walker from Blackfoot, and Barry Lee Harwood & Derek Hess of Rossington Collins.
Michelle has been described as having “Tube Amp” vocals. (Guitar players, you understand!) She always prefers “men” rough n’ tumble songs and that driving beat over the smooth, sometimes sad, longing songs from the ladies.
Michelle is carving a deep path and making indelible marks in the Southern Rock world. She has taken home several Southern Rock awards in the past 4 years, and has been nominated for 6 more this year.She has centralized her
operations in the Southern Rock capital of the World, Jacksonville, Florida.
Michelle’s band consists of very seasoned musicians, with backgrounds in Country, Rock, Classical and theater. Thanks to Robby Buff (Bass), John Ledford (Guitar), Ronnie Stamey (Guitar) Timothy Hawkins (Drums) & Peter Gallinari (Keys), Michelle has developed her own unique “Wall of Sound”, and is a force to be reckoned with in live performances.
You can keep up with Michelle Leigh at www.michelleleigh.com
Georgette Boozer is no stranger to the Summer Nights stage.
She has filled in many times and has always been a crowd
Pleaser whether she is belting out a soulful Janis Joplin song,
a country favorite or a gospel classic.
This year she will be joined by her band, Clearwater, as the
featured act! High time this band has command of the stage.
Rhea Springs Revival is a Classic Country and Rock n Roll band. The members of the band have been together for five years and are all talented musicians and song writers. They engage their audiences by interacting with them and making them feel a part of the show. They play local resorts, restaurants and festivals and are very well known in the Rhea County area.
Front man, Tate Fugate says, “We love to entertain people and interact with the audience. We’ve seen a million faces and we’ve rocked them all!” Their classic sound and humor keep their fans coming back for more.