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Dawes, everybodyfields, Erick Baker, Time Jumpers to headline Rhythm N’ Blooms 2013

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RNB_LOGO_2013Organizers of the Dogwood Arts Festival teamed up with Attack Monkey Productions queen Chyna Brackeen today to announce the 2013 Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival lineup, and it’s a good ‘un. Without further ado, here are the artists that’ll be performing at the event, which takes place April 5-7 in Knoxville:

And that’s not all, according to today’s press release: More artists will be announced. Other details:

Venues include The Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum, John Black Photography Studio, Latitude 35, The Square Room, the Bill Lyons Pavilion on Market Square, the Knoxville Visitor’s Center and, new for this year, venues in Knoxville’s Old City, including Barley’s Taproom, Boyd’s Jig & Reel and Crown & Goose. Trolleys will run back and forth between the various venues, so you can park and ride without missing a show.

Tickets: A $175 VIP pass gives access to all shows all weekend in addition to priority seating and parking, a VIP welcome reception, artist meet n’ greet and more.  The $55 weekend-long festival pass provides access to all of the performances and venues occurring over the course of the weekend. Day passes for each day are $25. Passes can be purchased online at www.rhythmnbloomsfest.com, or in person at the Knoxville Visitor Center.

This year’s sponsors include Blackstone Brewing Company, sponsored by Pilot Flying J, and produced by Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey Productions. Additional sponsors include: Sharpie, Young Professionals of Knoxville, Sound Ventures, Bandit Lites, Rik’s Backline Pros, Visit Knoxville, WDVX, WFIV, WUTK, Knoxville.com and Metro Pulse.

“The Big Surprise Tour” hits World’s Fair Park

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This just in from AC Entertainment:

Proudly announcing The Big Surprise Tour: An Old Fashioned Revue featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine (featuring Gillian Welch), The Felice Brothers, and Justin Townes Earle

Born out of a deep running camaraderie built on countless tours and ties between a host of excellent musicians comes THE BIG SURPRISE TOUR, a traveling show of epic collaboration and good times. AC Entertainment presents three dates on the month-long tour: August 12 at Louisville, Kentucky’s Waterfront Park; August 13 at Nashville’s Riverfront Park; and August 14 at Knoxville’s World’s Fair Park. Tickets for each show are $35 advance, $40 day of show, plus applicable service fees, available beginning Friday, June 19, 10 a.m. Doors at each venue open at 5:30 p.m. Visit ConcertWire.com for more details.

THE BIG SURPRISE TOUR is not your standard up-down, up-down line up. Shows will be composed of two 90-minute sets broken up by an intermission.  In a free-form ramshackle flow, the bands and artists will share the stage, taking part in each other’s songs, resurrecting old standards, and playing newly written collaborative material as they go.  Each evening is sure to be a unique experience as they all put their many combined years of musicianship and knowledge of song-craft and American music into play for these sessions.

Ketch Secor from Old Crow speaks of the special relationship these bands have and the parts they’ve played in their own individual journey as musicians. “Seven years ago when Old Crow first met Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch at the Station Inn in Nashville, we stayed up ’til dawn singing Stan Rogers songs and playing AC/DC licks. Three weeks later we were making a record. They were that rusted sign at the fork in the road showing OCMS just where it was headed.” On The Felice Brothers, as Secor comments, “with their rockin’ unruliness, we found where we had come from in the first place. Music is a mobius strip, contort all ya want and you’ll keep winding up where you started.”

Justin Townes Earle is “looking forward to being on tour with folks that are kindred spirits. We all have similar influences, which will be reflected in the covers we do during the show and our collaborations on stage.”

For their part, James Felice reminisces that they’ve “traveled around the country with Justin and Cory (of Justin Townes Earle) playing some pretty bizarre gigs. We couldn’t love those guys more. As for Old Crow…” he adds, “they cleaned us out playing dice more than once.”  Perhaps they’ll get a chance to even the score on these dates.

Borrowing from the title of a Felice Brothers track, THE BIG SURPRISE TOUR will live up to its namesake.  As Secor states, the audience should “expect the unexpected! Music is wild and not tame,” he says, and with this tour the artists involved hope to fully unleash the true and unpredictable spirit of creativity.  Heaven knows that combined they have a wealth of it to draw from.

A bit about the artists:

Old Crow Medicine Show have been on the road behind their latest album Tennessee Pusher since its release last September, headlining sold-out dates across the US, UK and Australia/New Zealand and making special appearances on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, A Prairie Home Companion, World Cafe and more. Additionally, the fivesome were asked to open for Dave Matthews Band on recent dates, including upcoming shows in New York.  Known for their infectious live show, OCMS is also one of the headliners for Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival on Saturday, June 20, which celebrates 40 years of protecting and preserving the Hudson River.

Dave Rawlings Machine is a collaboration between David Rawlings and Gillian Welch. Rawlings’ knack for meticulously crafted arrangements helped earn a Grammy nomination as producer for Gillian Welch’s Time (The Revelator). He went on to produce Gillian’s 2003 release Soul Journey as well as records by Old Crow Medicine Show and Robyn Hitchcock. David and Gillian are in the studio this summer working on a Dave Rawlings Machine record, which may never be released.

The Felice Brothers (Ian and James) and their longtime friends and band mates Greg Farley, Christmas Clapton, and Searcher, come to us from the Catskill Mountains, where a homegrown sound has been working its way through the bloodlines for generations. Their recent April ’09 release Yonder Is The Clock has gained widespread critical acclaim from all corners including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Spin, NPR, and Entertainment Weekly among many others.

Justin Townes Earle’s latest release, Midnight at the Movies, has been tearing things up. He’s recently done sessions on WNYC’s Soundcheck, KEXP, NPR’s World Cafe, and Daytrotter. Rolling Stone gave Midnight at the Movies four stars, and Esquire called standout track “Mama’s Eyes” one of the 50 songs every man should be listening to. His new video, for the title track, will premiere exclusively with Amazon.com this week.

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June 8th, 2009 at 8:17 am