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Laughing it up to help out a Blount County ‘Hellcat’

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Folks familiar with the East Tennessee entertainment scene probably know Laura Mullaney better as “Hellcat Harlowe” or “Miz Kitty,” the founder of the lovely ladies of White Lightnin’ Burlesque. For more than five years now, White Lightnin’ has provided area show-goers with laughs, gasps, titillation and provocative thrills.

What you may not know is that Mullaney was struck by a motor vehicle last month — Dec. 19 — and suffered serious leg injuries that are requiring a long convalesence. She can’t say much about the accident due to ongoing litigation other than she was a pedestrian, and that she’ll “be on hiatus as a burlesque performer while I recover. Hopefully I will be able to return to the stage by the end of 2012. Also, please mention the ladies of White Lightnin Burlesque will continue to perform in my absence!”

But while she’s gone from the stage, she’s not from our hearts — and on Tuesday, Jan. 31, a group of local comedians are throwing “Laughs for Laura,” a benefit to help cover Mullaney’s medical expenses. It takes place at 8 p.m. at Old City Entertainment Venue, 118 S. Central St. in Knoxville’s Old City, and it’s being thrown by a group of yuksters who call themselves the Black Liver Society and describe themselves as thus: “Black Liver Society is a branding of the best bar comics in the south, already in multiple states and spreading like herpes in a Waffle House bathroom. And now they bringing out some of the biggest names in comedy for East Tennessee to the stage for you. We are bringing the best of the dirtiest, drunkest, most entertaining comics in the South to the stage one night only to raise money for a damn good cause.”

Comedian Dave Wright will hosts the event, which will also feature special guest/White Lightnin’ performer Sassy Frass as well as comedians Riley Fox, Matt Ward, Justin Koontz, Trae Crowder, Waylon Whiskey and J.C. Ratliff. Admission is only $5 at the door.

Mullaney, a 1993 graduate of Blount County’s Heritage High School, started White Lightnin’ in 2006. The troupe was her brainchild, but she had a little help from other local ladies in getting it off the ground, and a lot of inspiration from her business trips to Las Vegas. Active in drama and art in high school, she studied theater at the University of Tennessee, but drama was unfulfilling.

“I wanted to be on stage, but I didn’t want to do productions; something about it was lacking,” she told us back in 2007. “I was into the gothic scene for many years, and I guess I still am, so I gradually started doing some other performance art.”

She also got involved working as a hair and makeup artist, which led to her trip to Las Vegas. Long a fan of burlesque, she had watch video clips of such classic burlesque pin-ups as Bettie Page and Tempest Storm, and she was also intrigued by the possibility of visiting Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce, a high-profile burlesque club at Vegas’s Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. A return trip to Vegas merited another visit to the Forty Deuce, and at the end of the night, Mullaney found herself talking to a few of the dancers who had just gotten off work and were dressed in street clothes.

“When I talked to them a little bit, I thought, ‘I really should do this,’” she told us. “That was in October (2005), and I went back to Knoxville and thought on it and started making phone calls.”

She picked eight girls as the core members of the troupe in 2006, and by February of that year, White Lightnin’ was off and running. From club shows at dance nights sponsored by the local goth scene to wine-and-cheese nights at the Knoxville Museum of Art, White Lightnin’ has been on a mission to entertain and to empower women, Mullaney said.

“It’s the art of the tease, and it’s actually quite modest,” she said of burlesque. “It’s for entertainment, and it’s very empowering. We wanted women of all shapes and sizes, because we want people to know that we’re real women, that we look great and that we have a good time. That’s what we’re all about. That’s the reaction we love, when girls come up after a show and say, ‘I feel really good about how I look.’ And we get a lot of response from the men, too – you’d be surprised at how many men aren’t looking for Twiggy.”

If you want to help out but can’t attend, consider checking out the “Hellcat Harlowe Assistance Fund” on Facebook.

“Ramblin’” Randall Brown wants to be your “Host With the Most” …

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“Laugh it up, Fuzzball!” So says Han Solo in “The Empire Strikes Back,” which has absolutely nothing to do with anything, except for laughter. Which is what you’ll be encouraged to do at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 9246 Park West Blvd. in West Knoxville, when the Second Annual “Host With the Most” fundraiser takes place.

Last year, local media personalities competed with one another, doing 6-minute stand-up routines that were voted on by the audience. Mitch Wheeler of 94.3 The X beat out Jennifer Alexander from B97.5, Oz from The X, Doug Shock from Metro Pulse and Erin Donovan from WBIR-TV, and 90 percent of the ticket proceeds from that night went to a charity of Wheeler’s choice, the Young-Williams Animal Center.

This year, we half-heartedly endorse (not because he’s not No. 1 in our hearts, but because it seems slightly cutthroat to root for one over the rest when it’s all for a good cause, and because we have no idea who his competition is) our man “Ramblin’” Randall Brown, an entertainment journalist extraordinaire for that big ol’ daily paper in Knoxville. You can read his excellent blog here, and if you didn’t know he’s also a long-time local rocker, you can read about his band Quartjar here.

To gauge Brown’s chances of success, we submitted the following multiple choice quiz. His answers are in bold:

1) I would describe myself as an East Tennessee version of:

  • a) George Carlin
  • b) Carrot Top
  • c) Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
  • d) Gallagher
  • e) Tony Clifton

2) My go-to subject matter:

  • a) Wife
  • b) Boy
  • c) Job
  • d) Sex
  • e) Bodily functions

3) My show is rated:

  • a) G — clean, family-friendly, no one offended
  • b) PG (or maybe PG-13) — I’ll give you a cue when it’s time to slap palms over the kids’ ears
  • c) R — Plenty of penis and poop jokes
  • d) NC-17 — Richard Pryor and Kathy Griffin had a baby, and his name is Randall Brown.

4) Person I hope does not compete against me: Mary Constantine, News Sentinel food editor. Her stories are hilarious.

5) Person I would love to have in the audience: That one really loud laughing woman that you hear howling on every comedy recording ever.

6) Tell us a joke: We’re always excited about new technology … until we get it. Remember 30 years ago when a lot of cars had talking alerts? “Lights are on.” “Door is ajar.” “Brakes are failing.” The tech exists now to do this a thousand times better, but nobody wants to hear that kind of nagging from their car. “Shut up and drive … er … be driven.”

Okay, that joke wasn’t the greatest, but I’m working on it.

Best of luck, Mr. Brown!

Written by wildsmith

September 12th, 2011 at 9:52 am

Todd Steed endorses UNMIND: A Solution For Modern Living (a post about a new project by one of East Tennessee’s more talented, fascinating artists)

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For most people, one of the new projects posted today to iTunes would, on the surface, appear as just another self-help audio book, the latest addition to the “let-us-help-you-because-you-can’t-do-it-on-your-own-and-we-like-your-money” industry that’s been popular for several years now.


(Editor’s note: Self-help programs, groups, books, etc., are a wonderful thing. It’s no secret I’m a member of a certain 12-Step recovery group, so I in no way mock or deride the self-help industry. But you gotta admit, it’s getting a little out of hand.)

However, local music scene fans will be pleased to know that it’s the latest project by one Mr. Todd Steed, a local music scene icon and veteran of such bands as Smokin’ Dave and the Premo Dopes, Apelife, Opposable Thumbs and his current project, Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere. It’s a complicated thing to explain, so bear with us.

First, the truth, as Steed wrote me this week:

“After my folks passed away (within a year of each other), I went into a low funk. Listened to a lot of ’self help’ audio books and read several as well — a lot of stuff inspired by Eastern philosophy, which I learned a bit about while being abroad.

“Some of the books were really great, but I couldn’t help but see humor in the whole New Age Eastern thing. And I thought, I should create my own self help book! And make it a lot funnier and perhaps a bit political as I was also in a funk due to the really sorry state of affairs brought about by these wars and bad economic policy. So, I just started writing, having freshly quit my job and having lots of time. And sure enough, all that writing turned into this audio book. It’s really an odd project — as it’s truly not all humor, but I don’t know what it is. There actually may be some good advice hidden in it.

“And, ironically, making this thing helped get me out of the funk I was in.”

God bless you, sir, for channeling your grief into art and having the stones to venture into experimental territory where, too often, musicians fear to tread. And so, Todd Steed and long-time co-conspirator/creative partner/long-time friend Bob Deck give you … “UNMIND: A Solution For Modern Living,” presented by The Unmind Institute For Positive Waves and your host, Manfred Minsk (played by Deck).


Manfred Minsk. Photo found buried in West Virginia.

Before you read this press release, we would like to RELEASE you from the PRESSure.   The PRESSure of modern life.

Avert your addictive scare from your computer screen for just a moment.  Inhale.  Hold.  Release.  See.  That’s easy.  Just do that until you no longer feel like strangling your editor.  Or your ex-roommate or a random political leader.  Or me.

This recording that is now in your possession is the result several hours of hard work with limited tea breaks.  UNMIND: A Solution For Modern Living was created in a lab off I-79 in wild, wonderful West Virginia, complete with an overnight soaking in sacred goat urine and WD-40.  Then erased and re-recorded in Knoxville, TN.

UNMIND is a new philosophy based on forgotten sects of Zen, the behavior of well-trained circus monkeys, Revelations,  the Ghost of Cas Walker, samples of the sacred liquid of goats, and of nature itself in all it’s wet jungle glory and divine desert dryness.

It is our wish that all beings be happy.  Or, at least, that all beings become less likely to explode.

Through the UNMIND technique, we feel that all humans and and a small percentage of dolphins can reach a higher level of consciousness.  From there, they can go on to a more productive and meaningful life, full of laughter and organic cane juice.  Manfred Minsk, noted unthought specialist, will guide you there.

Manfred Minsk Biography

Often forgotten as being the second Test Tube Baby, Manfred Minsk was ‘born’ in Daugavpils, Latvia on the brink of a forgotten European war. From there, he attended Fresno State for two semesters where his academic focus was difficult to describe. On a trip to Japan to retrieve a lost meditation spoon, he accidentally knocked over a defrocked Zen Monk which turned out to be Roshi Umegashima Sencha the 48th.  He followed RUS48 around for a number of years until RUS48 became severely ‘minded’ and scooted him away.  Manfred founded Unmind Institute For Positive Waves when he couldn’t think of anything else.

EDITOR’S NOTE, AGAIN: Steed sent me a track off of “Unmind,” and I have to say … it’s wonderful. Ever since Deck recorded one of the spoken word (the intro, maybe?) pieces on Steed’s last album, “Eskimo Hair,” I’ve thought his voice would be perfect for an extended spoken-word piece. The track, “The Problems of Life,” is both politically witty (”If you still have your curiosity, and don’t sit around like a sheep waiting for Rush Limbaugh to tell you what to think, you are well ahead of most of the country right now!”), funny as hell (”Problems are everywhere these days; as common as Crocs footwear, and almost as annoying …”) and inspiring in an oddball, heartwarming sort of way. Underneath Deck’s animated reading of the script, Steed layers a little slinky jazz guitar, giving the whole thing a snake oil vibe that’s spot-on.

Seriously. This should be entertaining as all get out. Go purchase, now.

As for celebrating a proper CD release, Steed writes, “We have been incorporating bits of this into the Suns of Phere show. People seem to enjoy it, actually. We may do a reading at a bookstore for the release. But for the Christmas show (the annual “I Hate Christmas Songs” Christmas Eve performance on the WDVX-FM “Blue Plate Special,” broadcast live and open to the public at noon on Dec. 24 from WDVX Studios, 301 S. Gay St. in downtown Knoxville), we’ll create segments to be interspersed.”

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November 18th, 2010 at 7:50 am

Clayton Center for the Arts rolls out 2010-2011 season lineup

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The Clayton Center for the Arts over on the Maryville College campus got a test run when it opened at the beginning of the year, but now officials are preparing for the facility’s first full season of performances.

Clayton Center Executive Director Robert Hutchens unveiled the 2010-11 season for the center this week, and it includes something for everyone — literally — including some big names in jazz and bluegrass. Here’s what’s headed to Maryville this year:

  • Neil Berg’s “100 Years of Broadway” (8 p.m. Sept. 17 in the main theater): Five of Broadway’s leading performers as well as an all-star New York band come to town to perform the most beloved and memorable songs from a century of Broadway musical history, including recent as well as more traditional hits. Not only do they perform — they do so as the characters and scenes from which the songs come.
  • Richter/Uzur (7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Lambert Recital Hall): A duo fusing rock , folk and classical  to create a sound that is modern, traditional and unique.
  • Sam Bush with Missy Raines and New Hip (8 p.m. Nov. 5 on the main stage): One of the season’s headliners, Bush has been called “The King of Telluride,” “The Founder of New Grass” and “The Heir to Bill Monroe.” He’s an award-winning master of banjo, fiddle, and mandolin and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks. Raines is a seven-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year Awards and will be performing with her band, New Hip.
  • Robert deMaine and Andrew Armstrong (7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Lambert Recital Hall): First chair cellist of the Detroit Symphony (deMaine) and internationally renowned pianist (Armstrong) perform an evening of intimate classical music
  • American Spiritual Ensemble (8 p.m. Jan. 15, 2011, on the main stage): Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on campus, featuring the spellbinding singing of John Wesley Wright, who entertained at the center’s opening-night gala. He’s just one member of the ensemble, a group of professional soloists who combine their voices in a chorus of tribute to the soul-stirring spiritual.
  • The Aluminum Show (8 p.m. Jan. 21 on the main stage): Like Pilobolus and The Blue Man Group, the Israeli troupe of “dancers”  has defined its own genre.  Clad in  imaginative, often bizarre, structures of recycled aluminum, the  performers execute a choreography of shapes and colors that surprise, intrigue and enchant
  • Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana (7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 on the main stage): An evening of culture and art featuring dancers celebrating the national dance and songs  of Spain.
  • “All Shook Up,” the musical (8 p.m. Feb. 11 on the main stage): Featuring the songbook of Elvis Presley, telling the story of a teenage rebel shaking up a small town.
  • “The Comedy of Errors” (7:30 p.m. March 9 on the main stage): The Acting Company of New York City presents one of Shakespeare’s most farcical, accessible plays.
  • The Passing Zone (7:30 p.m. March 19 on the main stage): Comedy-juggling team that’s been in the Guinness Book of World Records four times, they’ll juggle everything from human beings to chainsaws.
  • “An Evening With Groucho Marx” (6:30 p.m. March 26 in the William Baxter Lee Grand Foyer): Actor Frank Ferrante transforms himself into the legendary screen and comedic legend for a night of dinner theater in the Clayton Center’s foyer.
  • Chris Brubeck and Triple Play (8 p.m. April 8 on the main stage): The son of legendary jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck comes to town with Joel Brown and Madcat Ruth to perform their melange of blues, rock, folk and, of course, jazz.

And those shows are on top of what’s already been announced:

As far as ticket sales go — 12 of the events are being offered in subscription series of different sizes through Sept. 19.  Patrons who buy a series of five to seven performances will receive a 10 percent discount; those wanting 8 to 11 performances get a 15 percent discount; and those who purchase tickets for all 12 get a 25 percent discount. Regarding single-ticket sales — excluding the Groucho Marx dinner theater show, the average ticket price is $16.09 for adult economy tickets (average price for students and seniors — $12.50).

To reserve seats for any of the shows, call the Clayton Center box office at (865) 981-8590, visit the center online or go by the box office between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Aug. 19.

Bill Maher on garbage and pope-ish wizardry

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Despite his characterization of religion as mass delusion … despite his comparisons of Tea Party followers to special needs students … despite his vitriolic loathing for right-wing stupidity … those things still aren’t the most pressing issues that comedian/political pundit Bill Maher believes are the most important right now.

In fact, he told me during a recent phone interview, one has only to look South — off the shores of the Gulf Coast states — to see what is.

“It’s the environment,” said Maher, who performs Saturday at The Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. “Global warming gets most of the attention when it comes to environmental issues, but those are not the only environmental issues that we have. We’re killing the oceans off — they’re becoming much more acidified and toxic, and right now, there’s a giant swirl of plastic garbage in the Pacific Ocean that’s the size of Texas, and it’s not bio-degradable.

“All this stuff that gets a big eye roll from the right wing, like it’s Al Gore trying to create some sort of myth to destroy the American economy. But it’s not a myth — it’s actually happening, and I don’t understand why it’s not more important to people. It’s where you live, it affects how you live and it’s happening right now.”

Of course, with so much oil billowing up from that busted BP pipe, such earnestness from what many people see as a funnyman hits a little too close to home. Which is why Maher will never run out of his share of religious jokes — especially after making “Religulous,” his documentary that explores and mocks the world’s religions. In it, Maher traveled the world talking to religious leaders and devout followers, and he came away with some eyebrow-raising impressions.

“Jerusalem — it’s the funny hat capital of the world,” he said. “Every religious sect in the world has a stake in Jerusalem, and they all wear a different outfit. That whole capital is a Fellini movie. It’s known as a holy, religious place, but it looks like a circus, and if you spend a week there, you come away with just the idea that human nature is such that it’s blown away by a costume.

“I mean, look at the pope with that funny hat he wears and the robes — he’s literally dressed as a wizard! I don’t know how Catholics can keep a straight face when he wears that pointy hat! And he always has this look on his face that seems to say, ‘If I wasn’t infallible, could I get away with this?’ People are blown away that he’s wearing something people don’t wear on the street. But so is Lady Gaga — but we’re not worshiping her!”

Saturday’s performance begins at 8 p.m.; tickets are $58. Check out our cover story interview with Maher in Friday’s edition of The Daily Times Weekend entertainment section.

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May 19th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Neil Hamburger quotes …

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I’m taking a cue from my colleague over at Knoxville.com, Wayne Bledsoe, who couldn’t fit everything into his written interview with Kris Kristofferson and put some extras up on his blog. (Kristofferson performs at 8 p.m. Sunday at The Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. in downtown Knoxville; tickets are $37).

Neil was hilarious to talk to, and if you get the chance — and provided his brand of what could be called anti-comedy is your thing — then by all means, get down to The Pilot Light (106 E. Jackson Ave. in Knoxville’s Old City) on Wednesday night; tickets are $10.

Without further delay … here are some quotes from Neil Hamburger:

On the cities in which he performs: “Right now, we’re on a Greyhound bus headed to the next big show in San Diego. It’s one of the most prestigious cities on the circuit; it’s got your fresh drinking water there and a lot of benches and things. The last time we were there, they had a bunch of those orange traffic cones, which are nice. Sometimes, though, we have to play these dirtholes — basically someplace that’s a landfill, and they put a tarp over it and call it a town.”

On Wednesday’s Knoxville performance: “We were gonna do a beekeeping demonstration as part of the show, and we purchased all of these bees and this bee-keeping equipment … all of these little 1-oz. jars to give honey samples out at the end of the night, and we had some Melba toast so folks could taste the honey. We invested in several cases of Melba toast. But somehow these bees broke out of this box in the back of my car. I tell ya, if you have five bees buzzing around while you’re driving, you have a problem, and in this case, I had hundreds. I finally had to kick open the door and kick the whole goddamned thing out onto the side of the road. And then we ended up eating the Melba toast over the past week.”

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January 27th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

2009: The Year in Interviews!

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Southbound (cover story)
The Drunk Uncles: (cover story)
Jonathan Sexton and The Big Love Choir (cover story)
Whitechapel (front page story)
Dirty Guv’nahs 1 (cover story)
Royal Bangs (cover story)
R.B. Morris (cover story)
Maryville Metal Fest (cover story)
Brandy Robinson (cover story)
Scott Miller (cover story)
The Black Lillies (cover story)
Teenage Love13 (cover story)
Jill Andrews
Drunk Uncles 1
The Dirty Guv’nahs
Mic Harrison and The High Score
Homer Hart
“Sneaky” Pete Rizzo
Color of Fate
Ian Thomas
Soundtrack Black
Robinella: Final Barley’s gig
Mountain Folk Reunion
Cain and Annabelle
The Dirty Works
Seeing Skies
Kings County Gumbo
John Myers
The Dirty Gunnz
Christopher Scum
Bright Shining Lie
J.C. and The Dirty Smokers
Sisters of the Silver Sage
Kevin Abernathy Band
Scott McMahan
Awake the Suffering
Madeline Ava
The Retroholics
The LoneTones
Dishwater Blonde
The American Plague
Mr. Kobayashi
Roscoe Morgan
Johnson Swingtet
Cutthroat Shamrock
Van Eaton
Steve Kaufman
Taylor Brown
Allen Swank
Angel Zuniga Martinez
The Akashic Mysteries
Jamie Cook
Dig 6 Down
Avenue C Band
Brad Walker Orchestra

Mark Stuart and the Bastard Sons
Darius Rucker
Eric Church
Jamey Johnson
Chris Knight
Mindy Smith
Patty Loveless
Chris Young
Sawyer Brown
Rodney Atkins
Justin Moore
Trailer Choir
April Taylor
Little Big Town
Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson’s harmonica player)

Bill Cosby
Margaret Cho
Bean and Bailey
Ralphie May
Lewis Black

John D’Amato
Webb Wilder: January feature
Webb Wilder
Bill Sheffield
Deb Callahan
Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials
Devon Allman’s Honeytribe
Steepwater Band
J.J. Grey and Mofro
Charlie Morris Band
Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby
T-Model Ford
Geoff Achison
Zac Harmon
Shawn Kellerman
Bex Marshall
Damon Fowler
Harmonica Red
The Breeze Kings
Biscuit Miller and the Mix
Willie “Big Eyes” Smith

Toby Lightman
Louise Mosrie
Hamell on Trial
Brett Dennen
A.A. Bondy: “Those American Hearts”
A.A. Bondy
Ari Hest
George McConnell
William Fitzsimmons
Vienna Teng
Paul Thorn
Denitia Odigie
Leon Redbone
Matt Urmy
Joan Baez
Dar Williams
Chris Trapper
James McMurtry
Colin Hay
Mark Wagner
Andrew Bird
Richard Lloyd
Eugene Chadbourne
Malcolm Holcombe
Jennie DeVoe
Matt Butcher
Eleni Mandell
Matthew Perryman Jones
Imogen Heap
Ana Sia
Dan Deacon
Gil Mantera’s Party Dream

Chris Tomlin
Third Day

Hard Knox Roller Girls
Broadway at the Tennessee: “Hairspray”
Broadway at the Tennessee: “Sweeney Todd”
Broadway at the Tennessee: “Stomp”
Broadway at the Tennessee: “The Wizard of Oz”
Appalachian Ballet Company: “Nutcracker”
Appalachian Ballet Company: spring production
Appalachian Ballet Company: “Blue Jeans and Ballet”
The Rockettes
Vice City
Maryville College: Fine Arts Showcase
Maryville College: Fine Arts preview
Activism on the Maryville College campus
Maryville College Theatre Department: “The Things They Carried”
Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Concert Series
Stonewall Gardens
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: season preview
Maryville High School Drama: “Wizard of Oz”
Spring and summer festival season
Knoxville Opera: “Rigoletto”
Big Ears Festival

North Mississippi Allstars
Indigo Girls
Hill Country Revue: Cody Dickinison reflects on his father’s death
Stacie Collins
Donna Hughes
Kindling Stone
Dave Rawlings Machine
Joe Buck Yourself
Just Us Bluegrass Band
Two Man Gentlemen Band
Tennessee Hollow
Alejandro Escovedo
Drive-By Truckers
Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time
The Corduroy Road
Andy Friedman and the Other Failures
Reckless Kelly
Lucero: February cover story
Carrie Rodriguez
Wayne “The Train” Hancock
Justin Townes Earle
Kathleen Edwards
Steve Smith
Jason Isbell
Felice Brothers
The Baker Family
Blue Mother Tupelo
Todd Snider
Those Darlins
Hokum’s Heroes
The Duhks
Deadstring Brothers
The Defibulators
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers
Rose’s Pawn Shop
Alecia Nugent
The Moaners
John Cowan
The New Familiars
Larry Keel
Blair Crimmins and The Hookers
Old Crow Medicine Show
Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Connor Christian and Southern Gothic
Star and Micey
Brand New Strings
Carbon Leaf
John Reischman and The Jaybirds
The Gourds
King Wilkie
Band of Heathens
Hank III
Chris Berardo and The Desberardos
Dave Alvin
Michael Ford Jr. and The Apache Relay

LA Guns
Drowning Pool
Lacuna Coil
Lamb of God
Mobile Deathcamp

Tommy Tutone
Bad Boy Troy
Meat Puppets
Rusted Root
Terry Young: “A Tribute to Elvis”
Steven Adler
Bret Michaels
The Academy Is …
Gym Class Heroes
Peter Cetera
Fiction Family
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Red Collar
The Last Straw
Blackberry Smoke
Agent Orange
David Cook
Collective Soul
Adrian Belew Power Trio
The Machine: A Tribute to Pink Floyd
Molly Hatchet
Little River Band
The Black Crowes
Sonic Youth
Les Claypool

Amanda Palmer
The Fall of Troy
Port O’Brien
The Boxer Rebellion
Great Lake Swimmers
Silversun Pickups
Yo La Tengo
Fruit Bats
Matt and Kim
The Rosebuds
Against Me!
John Paul Keith and the 145s
A Hawk and a Hacksaw
Elvis Perkins in Dearland
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Jay Reatard

The Dynamites feat. Charles Walker
Gorilla Zoe
De La Soul
The Afromotive
The Wailers
Space Capone
New Edition
Arrested Development
Disco Biscuits

Don Byron
Jon Hassell
Wendy Sutter
Grupo Fantasma
Celtic Woman
James Blackshaw
Pink Martini

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January 4th, 2010 at 8:19 am

New comedy show coming to the Old City

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Patrick Sullivan’s Saloon, 100 N. Central St. in Knoxville’s Old City, is already home to the incredibly gifted improv comedy group Einstein Simplified, which performs there every Tuesday evening. Now, it seems, the venue will hold another night of comedy, this time on Thursdays.

Starting Feb. 4, “Old City Comedy” will take place upstairs at Patrick Sullivan’s at 9 p.m. According to the info on Brown Paper Tickets:

This is the first Old City Comedy event at Patrick Sullivan’s! Please join Old City Comedy in welcoming comedian Mello Mike! Mello Mike has been a finalist in comedy contests all over the Southeastern United States. He has performed across the country and will be headlining the comedy cancer benefit Laughing for Life two nights later in Wilmington, North Carolina. Don’t miss your chance to see Mello live for the first time in Knoxville!

Featuring for the evening will be comedian Nick Shaheen. Nick has performed all over the region and has his own comedy night in Greenville, South Carolina at The Gathering Spot every tuesday night. He has been seen at The Laughing Skull in Atlanta and as a headlining comic for The Crackers of Comedy Tour. Nick is not afraid to say anything!

Opening the show will be Knoxville comedian Nick Edgman. Nick performs regularly at Sidesplitters in Knoxville and also can be seen at Winotheater and has performed at The Comedy Zone!

Hosting the show will be comedian/mc “Super Cat” Matt Ward. Matt has been appearing in front of crowds since 2001 performing comedy for crowds as large as 7,000 at the Community Festival in Columbus, Ohio and nearly 5,000 at Xfest in Kinston, North Carolina (performing between Flyleaf and Chevelle). More recently he is featuring at Laughing for Life II, a charity comedy show in Wilmington, North Carolina and is the founder of Old City Comedy!

Don’t miss this great first show at Patrick Sullivan’s!”

Admission is $7. Click on the above link to order your tickets online, or call Patrick Sullivan’s at 637-4255. You can also check out the venue online.

Written by wildsmith

December 30th, 2009 at 10:10 pm