Music Monday starts out strong, as it should, and we’ve got the skinny on some of the most exciting upcoming shows and musical acts in town! And – with so much music – the time to start planning your concert schedule is NOW. Here are our top picks for live music in Knoxville this week!
There should be something for everyone to enjoy in the 8-6-5, so take your pick below!
8/15 - Adeem the Artist at The Parlor at Maple Hall
Adeem the Artist is an eclectic singer-songwriter based in Knoxville, TN. His sound is informed by the vast vernacular of folk, indie-pop and Americana; using this palette, he creates a truly compelling and personal narrative in the vein of visionary artists the likes of Glenn Hansard, Bright Eyes, and Johnny Cash.
A Syracuse native, Adeem cut his teeth at the Lost Horizon where he spilled his blood on stage with his aggressive strumming. His existential music has echoed both the quiet prayers that come with thoughtful meditation and the aggressive questioning reflective of his inquisitive nature; a line he walked haphazardly during his year as a solo performer onboard Carnival Cruise Lines.
Clumsily navigating the divide between entertainment and artistry, Adeem presents cerebral music with a literary aesthetic. It is listening music suited well to venues like Arlene’s Grocery in NYC and Eddies Attic in Atlanta “but don’t expect the usual niceties of the folk movement to come to the fore, certainly not the current breed.”
TIME: 7Pm – 9PM
8/16 - Tennessee Shines presents Mic Harrison & the High Score at Boyd’s Jig & Reel
Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Mic Harrison, lead guitarist Robbie Trosper, bassist Vance Hillard, acoustic guitarist Chad Pelton and drummer Don Coffey, Jr., have a chemistry that can only come from long term friendships and shared experiences. Harrison, who started his young adulthood working in a saw mill in Bradford, Tenn., a town so small it barely shows up on the map between Memphis and Jackson. He moved to Knoxville in the 1990s to become co-lead singer-songwriter (with Scott Miller) in The V-Roys, a band that defined “Americana” before it was genre. After that group split, he teamed with Trosper in the short-lived favorites The Faults and, later, teamed with Coffey in the now legendary power pop act Superdrag. When Superdrag ended, Harrison enlisted established Knoxville rock act The High Score to back up a tour and the chemistry was so good that the partnership never ended.
In the past 12 years or so, Mic and the guys have traveled the country, performing at festivals from Bonnaroo to Easyriders Rodeos, headlining bills from concert halls to the stickiest bars, opening shows for everyone from Billy Joe Shaver to Huey Lewis and the News to ZZ Top, and recording a terrific single with classic country singer Con Hunley.
The show is broadcast live on WDVX FM and WDVX.com.
TIME: 7PM – 8:30PM
COST: $7 Advance, $10 at the door
8/18 – Edwin McCain with Gabe Dixon at Bijou Theatre
His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. After recording two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music, McCain now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the US as a solo artist, with his full band or his acoustic trio.
Recently, he’s added orchestras to his repertoire, performing with symphonies in select markets where he brings his powerful songs to majestic new heights.
8/18 - Teen Spirit at Scruffy City Hall
Teen Spirit’s Epic Tribute to the 90’s reunites at Scruffy City, and we’ve got plenty of new, tasty jams to kick you right in the nostalgic feels. Grab your JNCOs, slap bracelets, and rollerblades – and head on over!
TIME: 9:30PM – 1:30AM
COST: Door Cover
8/19 - WDVX Radio and Clayton Country Music Stage at the East Tennessee History Fair
Ready for some great, live music? Head over to the East Tennessee History Fair this weekend for a line-up like no other, all brought to you by WDVX!
|11:00 a.m.||Good Thymes Ceilidh Band|
|12:00 p.m.||The Travelin’ Caudells|
|1:00 p.m.||Knox County Jug Stompers|
|2:00 p.m.||Russ and Becky Jeffers|
|3:00 p.m.||Early Morning Stringdusters|
|4:00 p.m.||Seven Pine|
TIME: 11AM – 5PM
That’s all for this week, but as always, we love to see your photos! Submit pictures to us from these shows, or any from this week, at @KnoxvilleWeekend on Facebook and Instagram and @knoxweekend on Twitter! Happy concert going!