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‘Free Concert Fridays’ lineup at ‘The Shed’ announced through June

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shovelsandropeShovels and Rope — Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst

Last week, we told you about the first month of shows coming up at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville, and we mentioned the “Free Concert Fridays” series that we’d blogged about several weeks ago.

Now, SMH-D, The Daily Times and Cherokee Distributing have the first three Free Concert Friday performers locked in. They include:

The concerts will continue through September and will feature local and regional artists performing an early set in a family-friendly environment meant to mimic Knoxville’s Sundown in the City festivities.

“We are excited to partner with The Daily Times and Cherokee Distributing to bring this free concert series to Maryville, and the surrounding communities.  The series is absolutely free, open to the public, and a great way to meet new friends and kick off the weekend.” said Scott Maddux, Owner and General Manager of Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and The Shed, in a press release.

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Jenna and Her Cool Friends win local IBC competition; Cream Cheese wins the ‘Rock Off’

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jennaandhercoolfriendsJenna and Her Cool Friends

Two regional music competitions were decided last weekend right here in Blount County, and a big round of congratulations are in order for the winners — the bands Cream Cheese and Jenna and Her Cool Friends.

On Saturday night, the former won the WFIV-FM “Rock Off” band competition at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. Winners were selected by the audience, who filled up donation buckets with pennies and more, the proceeds of which went to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. The band beat out Stonemosis in the finals, after both of those groups won over competitors After Life, Dirty Jenkins Brothel, Temper Through Tears and Quartjar. According to “Shed” officials, roughly $2,000 was raised to benefit Second Harvest.

The latter, piloted by front woman Jenna Jefferson, won the Smoky Mountain Blues Society’s regional blues competition to represent the area at the annual International Blues Challenge, scheduled to take place Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2012, in Memphis. The group, which we profiled back in June, competed on Thursday, Oct. 20 before moving on to the finals on Sunday, Oct. 23. That afternoon, the band went up against two strong competitors — The Stella-Vees from Lexington, Ky., and Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers from Chattanooga. The blues showdowns were held at Brackins Blues Bar, 112 E. Broadway Ave. in downtown Maryville.

“It truly was a great competition,” Jefferson told us on Tuesday. “These bands just brought their best to the stage, and everyone was just so gracious to each other. You could tell everyone was there to have fun. To tell you the truth, I thought the other bands had really done well, and it was anybody’s guess there at the end. We were very, very excited and flattered that we’re going to get to go to Memphis and compete with about 110 other bands, maybe more, both nationally and internationally.”

The 2012 International Blues Challenge, sponsored by the Blues Foundation, will be the 28th year that musicians from around the world have competed for cash, prizes and industry recognition.

“It’s one of their largest music festivals in Memphis, and the judges base you on a lot of different criteria — blues content, stage appearance, vocals, artistry and what I call marketability,” Jefferson said.

In 2010, Knoxville-based blues band Labron Lazenby and LA3 made it to the finals of the IBC. In the meantimes, as winner and representatives of the SMBS, Jenna and Her Cool Friends will play the society’s Christmas show and at least one other fundraising concert in the coming year.