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BIG EARS FESTIVAL: Announcement time. (And a Rhythm N’ Blooms teaser!)

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Allow us to pat ourselves on the back a bit: We were the first to get confirmation from AC Entertainment founder and head honcho Ashley Capps that avant-garde music event Big Ears Festival would return in 2014, back in December of last year.
AC rolled out the official announcement a few months ago along with the dates — March 28-30 — and today the company is releasing a few of the names coming this year. Here’s part of the press release:
This year, the enormously influential, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich, proclaimed “our greatest living composer” by The New York Times, will be in attendance. Rock icon John Cale, co-founder with the late Lou Reed of the legendary Velvet Underground, will be presenting new work as well as old classics at the festival. In addition, a virtual “who’s who” of groundbreaking musicians and performers from the worlds of electronica, avant-rock, jazz and beyond will be performing, including Julia Holter, Susanna, Son Lux, Buke & Gase and more.

“New additions to the line up, as well as information and details about performances, workshops, talks and installations will be revealed in the coming months at bigearsfestival.com. (EDITOR’S NOTE: According to the announcement article written by my pal Wayne Bledsoe over at the Knoxville paper, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood will also be one of this year’s performers.)
As always, Big Ears concerts and events will take place in different venues, all within an easy walk of one another, in Knoxville’s historic downtown.  The heart and soul of the festival will be at Knoxville’s two remarkable historic theatres, the Tennessee and the Bijou. Full initial lineup and information will be available at www.bigearsfestival.com beginning at 11 a.m. Dec. 4. Weekend passes for Big Ears go on sale at noon Friday, Dec. 6. Passes are $150 and are available online at www.bigearsfestival.com.”

Save up your money and your show-going energy, by the way … one week after Big Ears wraps, the Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival, part of the Dogwood Arts Festival and produced by Attack Monkey Productions, will take place. You can already buy tickets — only $60 for a three-day pass — on the R ‘n’ B website, and organizers teased the festival by announcing three of the artists on Tuesday: Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen, Americana duo Shovels & Rope and Brooklyn-based band YARN. (Pollstar also shows that multi-instrumental roots music maestro Tim O’Brien will be part of the festival.) More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

‘Scruffy City Ramble’: The shows will go on

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38_EdpThis week, Metro Pulse reported some interesting news regarding booking and shows at The Square Room over in Knoxville.

Kenny Woodhull, the guy behind the former Old City venue New City Cafe, blogged a bit about it on Jan. 18, and in an email exchange a few weeks ago, he told me that his organization New City Resources — which has put on several shows at Old North Abbey in Knoxville — was partnering with 4MS Entertainment, the organization behind The Square Room, to put on shows there, including a March “Talk Is Cheap” performance, a show in April by Andrew Peterson and the band CALEB and a show next week by Christian singer-songwriter Michael Card. In addition, “We’ll be hosting a weekly songwriter’s night on Thursdays starting soon,” Woodhull wrote.

So what does this mean for “Scruffy City Ramble,” the variety show/concert series produced by Chyna Brackeen of Attack Monkey Productions, the company that’s presenting the Feb. 20 Tift Merritt/David Wax Museum show? That remains to be seen, Brackeen
told me on Wednesday, despite Metro Pulse’s report that it’s “on hold” for the time being.

“We will still have the Feb. 21 show — it’s been scheduled, it’s still on, and it’s still happening,” she said, adding that Henry Wagons, Sturgill Simpson, Lydia Salnikova and This Mountain. “At this point, The Square Room had a conflict with the March date, and we agreed to give that up. I’m not sure if we’ll do a March show or not, since I’m slammed with the Black Lillies (whom Brackeen manages) performing at South By Southwest and planning for the Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival (which takes place the first weekend in April). But we plan to pick back up in April.

“Right now, we’re looking at venue options. I would love to keep it at The Square Room, but they’ve advised me that they have a conflict on Thursdays. We would like to work out something for one Thursday a month, but if we can’t, we’ll be looking at other venue options. Because ‘Scruffy City Ramble’ is such a big production, we can’t move it off of Thursdays at this point, but that’s certainly a conversation I’m willing to have down the road.”

Stay tuned for what will develop for “Scruffy City.”

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February 7th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Rhythm N’ Blooms 2012 lineup gets leaked early!

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Pilot and Cherokee Distributing, in partnership with Attack Monkey Productions, was geared up for a big press conference at 3 p.m. Monday to announce the lineup of this year’s Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival, scheduled for April 20-22 in Knoxville as part of the Dogwood Arts Festival.

Unfortunately, the alt-weekly over in Knoxville got a look at the lineup and let the cat out of the bag early, no doubt making tomorrow’s big announcement not nearly as exciting as it could have been. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t excitement to be found about the festival, because Attack Monkey, run by Chyna Brackeen (who also books shows for The Square Room and manages The Black Lillies), has gathered up one hell of a roster of talent for this year.

Some of them we already knew about; Brackeen confirmed Jessica Lea Mayfield, Jake Shimabukuro, YARN, Darrell Scott and The Boxer Rebellion back in early January, when we did our big year-in-preview section. Here’s the full list of performers that’ll be announced tomorrow; the first two are considered the festival’s headliners:

Some programming notes: Langhorne Slim will perform on Thursday, April 19, at the second “Scruffy City Roots” show at The Square Room and will stay over to perform a solo show at Rhythm N’ Blooms. Amos Lee will have the headline spot on Sunday, April 22, at Knoxville Botanical Garden. On Friday, April 20, Big Sam’s Funky Nation will perform on the outdoor stage at Market Square, the only free show of the weekend; according to Brackeen, there will be some overlap with other performances going on at the same time, but organizers hope to schedule any overlap with acts that are on the opposite end of the stylistic spectrum.

Finally, Alice Smith will open for Citizen Cope, playing solo and acoustic, at The Tennessee Theatre on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville; afterward, the Black Lillies will play a late-night after-concert that will begin around 10-11 p.m. The full schedule and venue breakdown will be released by the end of the month, according to Brackeen.

Weekend passes will be $55; day passes are $25, but the day pass does not include entry to The Tennessee Theatre for Saturday night’s performances by Smith, Cope or the Lillies.

Tickets are currently on sale at the festival website, and physical tickets should be in area Pilot stores by Tuesday, according to Brackeen.