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Music for kids on WDVX

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One of the nicest, hippest and most talented dudes in the East Tennessee scene is Sean McCollough, of both The LoneTones and the John Myers Band (and, on occasion, Evergreen Street). We wrote about him last year when he released an album for children, “This Is Our House,” and now he’s heading up a new program on local grassroots radio station WDVX-FM, 89.9 or 102.9. Here’s the press release:

Knoxville, TN- WDVX and the multi-talented Sean McCollough are teaming up for a weekly radio show, “Kidstuff,” premiering at 9 p.m. Saturday June 4 on WDVX. “Kidstuff” will be a show full of high-quality music geared the young and the young at heart. The show will present a mixture of live and recorded music and will eventually include a live audience once a month. Listeners will hear traditional music and original music from a variety of genres, cultures, and even music performed by kids themselves. Kidstuff will be both fun and educational.

“When WDVX approached me about doing a show aimed at kids, it seemed like a perfect fit. I have been performing for kids for nearly two decades, so creating programming aimed at a young audience is right up my alley,” said Sean McCollough. “Over the fourteen year history of WDVX I have always noticed how kids respond to music. ‘Kidstuff’ is the evolution of what we have been doing for a while with WDVX, especially the Blue Plate Special and presenting live music”

“We are so happy to have Sean McCollough as a host and Knoxville and East Tennessee as a home to launch this new program. We hope it reaches the kid in you,” said Program Director Tony Lawson.

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May 26th, 2011 at 7:27 am

Vestival, Blooms Days this weekend

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Lots of good opportunities to get out and about this weekend.

Just up the road (Old Knoxville Highway, to be exact) is the annual Vestival celebration, a festival that revels in the glory that is the South Knoxville community of Vestal. What it is, organizer and local musician Sean McCollough told us a few years back, is a working-class neighborhood known for its close-knit identity and proud of its heritage.

“It’s the simple, down-home local emphasis that makes Vestival so fun, and then I think we’re just really lucky with the old Candoro site,” McCollough told The Daily Times five years ago. “There’s something about that building and that site that’s so inviting, even though it’s in the middle of a community that hasn’t been treated very well over the years. One of the things we really enjoy about Vestival is the sort-of down-home flavor and not a lot that’s really fancy. People come and have a good time listening to local music, checking out the vendors and hanging out with friends all day. It’s such an unusual site for a festival — it’s fairly intimate and has lots of shade, and it’s an old historical building and not out in a field. I think that’s one of the things that makes it special.”

Vestival began in 2001 as a way to promote unity in the South Knoxville community through art. Organizers sought a venue for the event and discovered the After searching for a site, Monaco and others discovered the Candoro Marble Company showroom building at 681 Maryville Pike (Old Knoxville Highway), designed in 1911 in the Italian Renaissance style by renowned Knoxville architect Charles Barber.

It begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, with the annual Mother’s Day brunch s brunch begins at 11 a.m. and is free to mothers. Live music begins at 11:30 a.m. and continues until 7 p.m.; other activities, including cake walks, belly dancing and children’s activities, will take place all day. Bands and musicians on the bill this year include Allison Williams, The LoneTones, The Barstool Romeos, Black Atticus, Lilly Sutton, Seaside Zoo, Y’uns, Mountain Soul, Wendel Werner, Kukuly and The Gypsy Curse, Sam Quinn and Japan Ten and the Nancy Brennan Strange Jazz Trio. There’s a suggested donation of $5; for more information, visit the Vestival site on Facebook.


Normally held in June, Blooms Days at the University of Tennessee Gardens (located off Neyland Drive; parking is available in Lot 66) has been moved to this weekend “to avoid the oppressive heat East Tennessee has experienced the last few years,” according to a press release. According to the official word:

“Unique garden goods, live musical performances, garden workshops, children’s activities and more make the UT Gardens’ Blooms Days a great destination for more than just gardeners. Blooms Days has become a summer tradition, drawing families, students, and Knoxville natives to experience the splendor of the gardens.” Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8. In addition to the more than 20 workshops, live music will be provided Saturday by Red-Haired Mary from 10 a.m. to noon and Wild Blue Yonder from 1-3 p.m. Sunday’s entertainers include Four Leaf Peat from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Robinella from 2-4 p.m.

And it’s not just for adults; kids can visit the Kids Corner to create make-and-take projects and get creeped-out at the Insect Zoo. The festival will also include a garden marketplace where visitors can shop for handmade herbal soaps, silver and beaded jewelry, topiaries, nature-inspired artwork, trellises and wind chimes, straw baskets, birdhouses and weathervanes, garden fountains and more. Food will be available for purchase as well.

Tickets are $6 at the gate. For more information, visit the Gardens website.

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May 3rd, 2011 at 7:04 am