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Venue news: Blackstock and NV Nightclub

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775598_251271605008005_1552319147_oThe new logo for Blackstock, the venue formerly known as The Valarium

Big doings going on in the music scene around here.

Yesterday afternoon, got an email from Andrea Kerns, the EDM go-to lady in the Knoxville scene and one of the organizers of the “Midnight Voyage Live” series of shows. Her email promotes “the return of the Blue Cats sound to Knoxville’s Old City,” and it signals the expansion of NV Nightclub — 125 E. Jackson Ave., where Blue Cats functioned as a live music venue from 2002-2007 — into more than just a shake-yer-booty destination.

According to the email, NV “will continue to host a wide variety of local, regional, and national and international talent spanning all genres,” and “in addition to the NV room, Carleo Entertainment (owned by Duane Carleo, who runs a number of Old City properties) will be hosting live music events at several other properties, including:
The Bowery (directly adjacent to NV, formerly Tonic)
Southbound / 90 Proof (106 S. Central)
Old City Courtyard (outdoor stage located in the  courtyard behind Southbound)
New Amsterdam on the Cumberland Avenue “Strip”

Kerns goes on to say that “Large events are in the works for Old City Courtyard, including festival-type productions which will utilize several of the aforementioned rooms.” In addition to continuing events like “Midnight Voyage,” Carleo Entertainment will soon be opening Wagon Wheel, “a country-style bar/lounge on South Central Street, next to Carleo’s,  scheduled for opening late February.”

Here’s a list of upcoming Carleo events:

  • Tonight (Feb. 1): “Midnight Voyage Live” presents Spankalicious with Bitch Please, IRell and Moniker, 9 p.m. at NV Nightclub, $5 advance/$8 at the door
  • Tonight (Feb. 1): Metal, featuring A Soul Disowned with Serene Scream, Scent Of Remains and Rot Iron, 8 p.m. at 90 Proof, $7
  • Feb. 8: “Midnight Voyage Live” presents Wick-It The Instigator with Archnemesis and The Floozies, 9 p.m. at NV Nightclub, $7 advance/$12 at the door
  • Feb. 8: Rock, featuring Mobility Chief with Appalachian Fury, Pyramid Asylum and Coalition Of Benevolence, 8:30 p.m. at 90 Proof, $5
  • Feb. 9: Konkrete Jungle Knoxville presents Squake with Shadow Cartel, 9 p.m. at 90 Proof, $5
  • Feb. 11: Rock, featuring Pathway with East Old Topside, A Body Divided, Awake The Suffering and Ark Of Covenant, 7 p.m. at 90 Proof, $7
  • Feb. 14: Rapture Productions presents “BassFace 20,” featuring Megalodon, Veltix, iRell and MSTR RPTR, 9 p.m. at NV Nightclub, $7 advance/$10 at the door
  • Feb. 15: “Midnight Voyage Live” presents MartyParty, 9 p.m. at NV Nightclub, $10 advance/$15 at the door
  • Feb. 15: Rock, featuring Lines Taking Shape with Sin, Crumbsnatchers, Yak Strangler and Smooth Operationz, 8:30 p.m. at 90 Proof, $6
  • Feb. 21: “Midnight Voyage Live” presents FIGURE with Spooky Jones and Paerbaer,9 p.m. at NV Nightclub, $12 advance/$15 at the door
  • Feb. 22: Midnight Voyage Live” presents Arpetrio with Magmablood and Dialectic Sines, 9 p.m. at NV Nightclub, $7 advance/$10 at the door
  • March 8:Rock, featuring Ten Foot Grave with Afterlife, Shallowpoint and Annandale, 8 p.m. at 90 Proof, $7
  • March 9: Konkrete Jungle Knoxville presents DJ Odi with Sarah Burns, 9 p.m. at 90 Proof, $7/$10 ages 18-20

In other venue news, shortly after it was announced that The Valarium (formerly the Electric Ballroom) was shutting down, it was also announced that Ooga Mooga Tiki Tavern/former 4620 Jazz Club owner Daniel Leal had bought the establishment and was keeping it open as a live music venue. At first, it seemed like the transition would be seamless, but an early January show by local death metal heroes Whitechapel was moved to NV Nightclub, and ever since Leal has been mum about when his establishment, rumored to be called Blackstock Auditorium, would open.

It seems that’s going to happen sooner rather than later. Leal went live with a Facebook page for (just) Blackstock last night, and there’s also a website. It’s sparse, but we’re hoping details will fill in quickly. There are already a couple of events out there slated for Blackstock: EOTO with Crizzly on March 1, and Excision with Paper Diamond and Vaski.

Go tell it on …er, about … the Mountain Top …

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Calling all environmental activists — there’s a festival for a good cause taking place Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15 in Knoxville’s Old City.

It’s being billed as the AMP Music Fest, and it’ll serve two functions, according to organizers — celebrating our beloved Appalachian Mountains and calling attention to mountain top removal, the mining process that literally scalps a peak to get at the coal beneath. Proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the United Mountain Defense Fund, which combats the practice and fights to end it.

Activities will be taking place in and around Southbound Bar and Grill, located at 106 S. Central St. in the Old City. In addition to the inside stage and the one upstairs at the overhead dance venue 90 Proof Nightclub, organizers will be making use of the big stage located in the Old City Courtyard (what amounts to that big freakin’ parking lot adjacent to Barley’s/behind Southbound that once served as home to Sundown in the City during the Market Square renovations a few years ago). Performers include: Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Truly Grimy, Big Country’s Empty Bottle, Skytown Riot, Lane Shuler with Black Atticus, Mac Comer, Midnight Radio, Mamma Jamma, Magma Blood, DJ JMarsh, Uncle Mountain, BlackJack, Refried Grass, Red County Gospel and more.

Tickets are $5, although additional donations are welcome; it’s set to begin at 5 p.m. both days. Full schedule coming soon; check the festival website for more information.

Written by wildsmith

April 26th, 2010 at 7:32 am

“Back on the clock, Richie …”

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So I’m back from a week off after extensive coverage of the Foothills Fall Festival, and rather than post a bunch of blog entries to catch you up on everything, here’s what’s been shaking of late …

  • Remember when I told you about Club Catalyst in the Old City (the short-lived club located where Blue Cats used to be) closing its doors? Several upcoming shows originally scheduled to take place there have been relocated to other venues. (And, more importantly, kick-ass PR girl and all-around great music scene supporter Andrea Kerns has found work at Southbound Bar and Grill, also in the Old City, essentially doing the same PR gig.) On the shuffled schedule: Unknown Hinson with Jocephus and the George Jonestown Massacre will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Southbound, 106 S. Central St. in the Old City. Tickets are $15 in advance/$18 at the door, and you can read all about our past coverage of Mr. Hinson here. He’s quite the showman. A show headlined by local rockers Crome Molly (along with Swing Shot, Corpse Wax Dollies, Numb and Headstone) will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, on the outside stage behind Southbound; tickets to that show are $5. The show by Hank III and Assjack, featuring openers Those Poor Bastards, will also take place at Southbound at 7 p.m. Nov. 2; tickets are also $15 and 18. Finally, Satisfaction: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones will take place at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at Southbound; tickets are $10 in advance/$12 at the door.
  • Speaking of Southbound, the venue is not hosting a new dance-oriented bar: 90 Proof Nightclub is located at 104 S. Central St., over Southbound proper. On its website, the venue bills itself as “a nightclub dedicated to playing nothing but the ’90s. At 90 Proof, you can request any songs that helped shape the music of this great time. Every Friday and Saturday night, you can come here the DJ playing songs by Will Smith, N Sync, Puff Daddy, Mase, Tupac, etc. … We have Knoxville’s only New Orleans-style balcony overlooking the Old City. We are a 21 and up club and proper dress is required.”
  • Remember our cover story on local honky-tonk heroes The Drunk Uncles from back in August? Well, the boys — three of whom call Blount County home — finally have a new CD, “Smashed Hits,” ready for public consumption. (No word if it comes with a warning sticker.) Here’s more from “Uncle” Jeff Barbra: “Howdy all. Here’s the special: If you are one of the first 100 people to pre-order ‘Smashed Hits,’ here’s what you get — a special $12 price, FREE SHIPPING, The Drunk Uncles autograph it for you and you get your name in the credits on the CD. Remember folks, these make GREAT stocking stuffers for Christmas, too!” Here’s the link to pre-order.
  • From my buddy Randall Brown, calendar/music guru extraordinaire over at the Sentinel and long-time local musician currently fronting the band Quartjar: “Live at The Bistro at the Bijou (807 S. Gay St., downtown Knoxville), it’s the 2009 Quartjar Halloween Special! Our second annual gig of spookiness. This year’s show will feature Quartjar, Knoxville’s premier blues-rock-with-original-lyrics-jam-punk-trio; frighteningly fun new songs; crazy classic hits; terrifyingly impromptu instrumentals; The Phantom Drummer; hauntingly historic atmosphere; eerily amiable banter; fine cuisine and the mystery: Will Scary Santa frighten the crowds again this year? No one knows!” When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Admission cost: free. (Please note that this is a full-band Quartjar performance, as opposed to a solo Randall Brown performance.) Check out Quartjar on Myspace.
  • News from Christina Horn, the lovely frontwoman of melodic pop-rock outfit Hudson K: “We have a new member. His name is Jeff Christmas and he plays the guitar and bass. Not at the same time of course! We are honored and thrilled to have him on board. You can hear him on November 7th The Pilot Light (106 S. Central St. in Knoxville’s Old City) show. (Local singer-songwriter) Erick Baker has asked Nate (Barrett) and I to join him on his next string of shows. If you live in Chattanooga we will be playing Rhythm and Brews on October 28th. Please come out to that show if you live in Chattanooga as it will be a good one. We will also have the experience of playing on the same stage as Kiss, Eminem, the Flaming Lips and P-Funk….WHOA! Hold on to your Halloween costumes. I hope I can make it and not FREAK out! This means our Pres Pub show on October 29th has been cancelled. HOWEVER, the Stereofidelics will be playing. They are awesome and we consider them one of our favorite bands. So if you live in Knoxville, check out that show starting at 10pm. We will make our hometown show up by playing the PILOT LIGHT on November 7th! Please come out, it will be a special show! Hudson K was also chosen to compete in Sound Off! Our scheduled date is December 2nd at The Square Room (4 Market Square, downtown Knoxville). The show starts at 8 p.m. and there will be music industry judges there to pick a winner! We need your help. Audience applause is a big part of the scoring!”
  • One of our favorite local rock/country/musical chicks, Kata Hay (of Kata and The Blaze and The Grassabillies), has paired with Daisy Rock Guitars, Elixir Strings and Lakota Leathers for a special YouTube contest. Those who enter must cover one of Kata’s original songs, and the winner (chosen by Kata herself) will receive a Daisy Rock acoustic guitar and accessory pack, including some Elixir strings and a Lakota Leathers hand-made bison guitar strap. It’s just one of many good things happening with the fiery-haired goddess of Sevier County — she and the band just played to a packed house at Nashville’s fabled Bluebird Cafe, and on Nov. 3, they’ll headline “Billy Block’s Western Beats,” live from 12th and Porter in Nashville. Those interested in entering the YouTube contest should check out details on Kata’s website.