Monthaven Art and Cultural Center

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Jonell Mosser

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center is pleased to announce the return of its popular Sweet Summer Concert Series. The four-concert series, which begins Saturday with a performance by Jonell Mosser and Friends, takes place beneath the stars on the lawn of beautiful Monthaven mansion. These heavenly performances promise to give new meaning to the term “celestial music.”

“The MACC is thrilled to provide Sumner County with this fun summer soundtrack,” says Executive Director Cheryl Strichik. “Our inaugural series last summer was a huge success. And we expect the second edition of the series to be another hit, especially with great artists like Jonell Mosser returning to our summer stage.”

A fixture of the Nashville club scene for more than 30 years, Mosser has earned rave reviews for her versatile style. She has a voice that can belt like Janis Joplin one minute, and then convey the finesse of folk, jazz and Southern soul the next. Those qualities have made her one of Nashville’s most in-demand session artists.

Over the years, she has provided backup vocals for the likes of B.B. King, Trisha Yearwood, Etta James, Wynonna Judd (on the hit “No One Else on Earth”), Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Waylon Jennings, Patty Smyth, A.J. Croce, and Bruce Cockburn on his popular song “Last Night of the World.”

Cole Ritter and the Night Owls

Cole Ritter and the Night Owls made a big impression during the inaugural series last summer. They return to the MACC’s summer stage on June 24. Founded in 2019, Cole Ritter and the Night Owls has pioneered a new sonic space, creating along the way a unique homegrown style.

The award-winning band is led by Cole Ritter, a Sumner County native best known for his appearance on the American Idol TV series. Among its many distinctions, Cole Ritter and the Night Owls was chosen as the winner of Belmont University’s “Country Showcase” in 2020. The award drew attention to Ritter’s songwriting skills, which find inspiration from such genres as country, rock, folk and blues.

Stacy Mitchhart

Monthaven gets down and bluesy on July 22 with the arrival of the terrific blues guitarist Stacy Mitchhart. This amazing artist, with his foot-stomping style, has built a worldwide fan base thanks to his phenomenal live performances, national television exposure and frequent radio airplay.

His masterful guitar work and strong vocals have been the driving forces behind his successful career. He took up residency as the house musician for the hugely popular Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar in Nashville in 1996. Today, he actively tours the United States and the World.

Super Honk

Summer comes to a rousing musical conclusion on August 19 with a performance by Super Honk. A Nashville-based blues band, Super Honk pays homage to the blues legends of old, icons who created a style that has influenced generations of musicians. From Muddy Waters to Robert Johnson, Super Honk plays it all, and their tower-of-power style is guaranteed to have music fans dancing the night away.

The MACC’s Sweet Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Tennessee Honey Festival and Center Point Liquor. Performances begin promptly at 7 p.m., so music fans are encouraged to arrive early to set up their lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Food trucks and beverage tents are available to provide refreshments.

Admission to this amazing series is free.





Kaylin Warden

External Affairs Coordinator

Kaylin Warden joined the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center staff in 2024 as External Affairs Coordinator. In this post, she organizes special off-site events and manages the organization’s external communications. She also works with the development department by updating the MACC’s customer relations database, and she assists the executive director in setting up exhibitions. Above all else, Kaylin is passionate about the arts. It comes as no surprise, then, that she is now pursuing a master’s degree in art history. When she’s not at the MACC, you can find her reading her favorite books (especially ones dealing with maritime mysteries), cooking, gardening, playing with her cat and two dogs, and cheering for the Nashville Predators.

Ruth Chase

Regional Arts Director
Ruth Chase is the Regional Arts Director of Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, joining the team in 2023. For Ruth, the job is all about community, bringing people together to uplift and educate artists and art lovers alike. Her role at Monthaven is to strengthen the local artist community and build connections that will enrich Hendersonville and our surrounding communities through art exhibitions, art education, and opportunities for regional artists.
Prior to joining Monthaven, Ruth worked in the arts for over 30 years and is a multimedia artist and graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artistic practice is inquiry-based and engages in community bridge-building. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles, curated and juried exhibitions, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum.
Ruth was awarded an Artist-in-Residence for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council for three consecutive years. Her film Belonging screened at both the 18th Annual Nevada City Film Festival and Wild & Scenic Film Festival. She has received the Legendary Female Artist of Venice award, and she has exhibited in The Crocker Kingsley, the Museum of Northern California Art, and the Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute. Ruth also continues her work as a Curatorial Consultant and Art director for the Californian Indigenous Research Project, where she has worked with the local tribe since 2018.