Zellie’s Opry House

​Three of our East Tennessee 

State University


Hometown favorite (and ours!) and East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music graduate Calder Baker is coming home for the weekend and he's rounded up a couple of our favorite ETSU bluegrass students, Ben Watlington and Max Etling to make the trip north with him.  When you get three bluegrass musicians together, you've almost got a band...all they needed was a mandolin player.  We suggested several.  However, the Calder, Max, & Ben had a plan.  

You guessed it...they wanted "Aunt Terri" to sit in with them.

This could get interesting, but it's guaranteed to be fun.

We hope you're in the House to witness when

"Aunt Terri" steps out with the bluegrass boys.   

Calder Baker

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Gospel Music Night at 7:00 p.m.

Admission:  Donation at the door

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Andy Paul & Friends pre-show, 6:10 p.m. Michigan Mafia String Band concert at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets $10/person

Ben Watlington




Gospel Music Night!
Saturday, June 10, 2017
7:00 p.m. Evening Performance

Zellie's Opry House was originally a church, so it gives us great pleasure to have gospel music ringing through the rafters.  

Max Etling


Saturday, May 6, 2017
7:00 p.m. ​ Evening Performance

The ETSU Boys Are Back!

Saturday, August 5, 2017
7:00 p.m. ​ Evening Performance

Calder, Max, & Ben

have all been members of


"Bluegrass Pride Band"

Zellie’s Opry House welcomes the Mark “Foose” Zickefoose’s Michigan Mafia String Band to the stage on Saturday, July 15.  This show is guaranteed to be the highlight of the summer series and a “don’t miss” event.  “Foose” is roundin’ up the boys and they’ll be stormin’ the Zellie’s stage armed with instruments and a hit list of talent

Mark “Foose” Zickefoose is a favorite at our Zellie’s Old Fashioned Opry Show and wows the crowd with his vocal prowess.  Zickefoose, a mainstay in the West Michigan music scene has put together a stellar group of musicians to accompany him on August 17.  Jeff Sipe on guitar, Brent Bell on harmonica, and rounding out the group on upright bass, is Scott “Buck” Robinson of Free Wheelin’ fame.  

Blue Mafia

Saturday, May 20, 2017
7:00 p.m. Evening Performance

Pinecastle Recording artist, Blue Mafia has been taking the bluegrass airwaves by storm with their hit “Pray For Rain.”  The husband-wife duo, Tony & Dara Wray, joined by Kent Todd, Calib Smith, and Mike Gregory are blazing the bluegrass trail leaving a mighty following in their wake.  Tony Wray has performed along side Ricky Skaggs, Bela Fleck, The Grascals, Marty Stuart and many more, in addition to having been a regular on the Grand Ole Opry, performing in Mike Snider’s band.  Fiddler Kent Todd has performed at the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress.  Blue Mafia is known for not only their signature vocals, but also for their stellar musicianship.  

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.;

"The ETSU Boys Are Back" at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets $10/person

Michigan Mafia String Band 


Special Pre-Show


Andy Paul & Friends
Saturday, July 15, 2017
7:00 p.m. Evening Performance

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Nu-Blu in concert at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets $10/person

Zellie’s Opry House is delighted to welcome Blue Mafia...
this is a “don’t miss it” event! 

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Zellie's Band pre-show, 6:10 p.m. Blue Mafia concert at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets $10/person

Bluegrass/Americana breakout stars Nu-Blu are gearing up for the release of their upcoming project, Vagabonds. The album will serve as the award winning band’s sixth studio album, and is set for an April release.  The album is fueled by the latest lead single, “Still Small Voice” featuring Country Music Hall of Fame Statler Brothers member Jimmy Fortune.

Hailing from Siler City, NC, Nu-Blu’s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who also handles band management. TJ Honaker on vocals and banjo, and Clint White on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet’s warm, layered, American roots sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness that can’t be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.


Plan to arrive early when doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a

special night of music!  

Andy Paul & Friends will stepping out for the pre-show.  

Andy Paul...singer, songwriter, musician...

and he's bringing along Al Bates & Marty Fine...ooooh, it's going to be good!