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Knoxville Film & Music Festival organizers announce schedule, lineup

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UntitledThey’re having a big shindig tonight to announce the schedule and lineup for the 2014 Knoxville Film & Music Festival, and while we love getting the scoop, we certainly want to encourage you to attend — not just tonight’s event at Scruffy City Hall, the newest venue by Knoxville visionaries Scott and Bernadette West (and the official home of the KF&MF), but all of the upcoming festival events, screenings and concerts.

Here’s the official schedule:

  • Thursday June 5: Market Squaroo festival kickoff featuring six bands hosted by the group Tree Tops and Knoxville Music Warehouse (Copper Into Steel, Roots of a Rebellion, Maps Need Reading, The Jojax, Lines Taking Shape, Kink Ador and Masseuse) at Scruffy City Hall and Preservation Pub
  • Friday, June 6: Talent Trek presents the K24HFF Five Year Celebration at Scruffy City Hall (”Join us as we show our favorite 24 Hour films of the past five years and kick off the music with our headlining band, Unknown Hinson,” according to the press release.)
  • Saturday, June 7: Band Eat Band Finals in Scruffy City Hall (”See the best East Tennessee bands fighting it out for their chance to win $3,000 worth of prizes — followed by a HUGE party at Scruffy City Hall.”)
  • Sunday, June 8: Tennessee Film & Music Celebration at Scruffy City Hall (”An all-day film and music event featuring a mixer for Tennessee musicians and filmmakers, live music, and our Tennessee film screenings with a $500 prize for the Best Tennessee Film”) featuring the Brad Walker Orchestra and a special command screening of “Voyage” by Knoxville filmmaker Alex Oliver.
  • Monday, June 9: Workshop (An Introduction to Feature Filmmaking)
  • Tuesday, June 10: Singer-Songwriter Finals at Scruff City Hall on Market Square (”This competition with a $2,000 prize has been going on for over 10 years and has launched the careers of many great Knoxville musicians.”)
  • June 11-13, Film Screenings at Scruffy City Hall — “Fantastic films from around the world. Our screenings focus on music docs, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and animation. The ‘Best Film of the Fest’ this year will take home $1,000! Enjoy the films with a nice cold mug of our exclusive festival beer, Beer Murray. We will feature film inspired beer and food pairings, great films, and presentations by filmmakers from around the country.”
  • Saturday, June 14: The 5th Annual Knoxville 24 Hour Film Festival (”Red Carpet Gala at 6 p.m. followed by screenings at 7 p.m. and our famous Wrap Party at 10:30 p.m.”)

According to the press release, “This is the second year for the Knoxville Film & Music Festival and the fifth year for the Knoxville 24 Hour Film Festival, events that drew 5,400 people to downtown Knoxville last year. The festival is truly Knoxville’s ‘indie’ film and music event of the year.”

“What we have created is the Knoxville equivalent of ‘American Idol’ for local filmmakers and musicians,” reads a statement by Festival Director Michael Samstag. “While we draw film submissions from all over the United States and from many other countries, we really love celebrating the work of East TN filmmakers and musicians.”

As it has grown, the Knoxville Film & Music Festival has been able to attract well-known film industry executives to East Tennessee. This year’s judges include:

  • Frank Agnone, executive producer of “South Park”
  • Lela Meadow-Conner, executive director, Tallgrass Film Festival
  • David Dwyer, actor, “The Blind Side”
  • Joel Trussell, Disney animator

In addition to local films, several national films will premier at the 2014 Knoxville Film & Music Festival. Those films include:

  • “Papaya: Make Some Noise” (world premiere)
  • “Led Zeppelin Played Here”
  • “Amanda F–ing Palmer on the Rocks” (Tennessee premiere)
  • “Obey the Artist” (Tennessee premiere)
  • “Satellite” (starring Luke Wilson; Tennessee premiere)
  • “Anything Made of Paper” (Tennessee premiere)
  • “Blackout on Swan Pond” (Movie about the Kingston ash spill)

Tickets for the year’s Knoxville Film & Music Festival are available as full festival passes ($50), VIP festival passes ($100) and ultra-VIP festival passes ($250, includes a limo ride to the Red Carpet Gala). Single-event tickets are also available.

All Knoxville Film & Music Festival details and tickets are available on the festival’s website.

‘The Shed’ announces its first (UPDATED: two!) month(s) of spring concerts

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A hillbilly vampire, a classic rocker and a guitarist who commands the respect of Dave Matthews — the initial month of the spring/summer/fall concert season at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson (1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville) is gonna be a good one.

The season kicks off April 7 and will continue through October; while some acts have been confirmed for later in the year, officials at the dealership and the adjacent concert venue have opted to roll out specifics on just the first month. (Updated March 6: Make that the first two months.) Marketing and Special Events Director Aaron Snukals did reveal some of the performers slated for later in the season to Weekend earlier this year: Jason and the Scorchers, Hayes Carll, Goose Creek Symphony, Mustang Sally, Blackfoot, Blackberry Smoke, Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Headhunters, Billy Joe Shaver, Marty Stuart and Bo Bice, among them. (The touring website Pollstar reports the Headhunters will play on Sept. 1 and Billy Joe Shaver on Sept. 15.)

In addition, the announcement includes the first “Free Friday Concert Series,” which will be sponsored in part by The Daily Times and SMH-D. Tickets for the April shows go on sale Tuesday, March 6. Here’s the lineup:

Call “The Shed” at 865-977-1669 for more information.

The 2011 “Shed” concert season is shaping up

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Some big names are coming to Blount County when the 2011 concert sesaon kicks off in April at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson (1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville), and that doesn’t even count “The Shed Sessions” winter series (James McMurtry, Fred Eaglesmith, Ray Wylie Hubbard) that we told you about a few weeks ago.

Over on the website for “The Shed,” venue organizers have shared some of the confirmed dates for the forthcoming concert season. They include:

  • April 3: Unknown Hinson
  • April 9: Big Gun (AC/DC tribute)
  • April 23: John Anderson (of “Swingin’” fame)
  • April 30: Todd Snider
  • May 27: Mustang Sally
  • April 28: Marty Stuart
  • June 11: Goose Creek Symphony
  • July 1: Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • July 2: The Outlaws
  • July 30: Blackberry Smoke
  • Aug. 20: Bo Bice
  • Sept. 3: Kentucky Headhunters

Individual ticket sales are still a ways off, obviously, but here’s a bargain for ya — you can go ahead and purchase a “‘Shed’ Series” pass for $175 that will get one person into all shows this season. Only 200 are available, and they’re on sale now — so be thinking about Christmas for the live music fan in your family. Given that the bigger names are usually $15, that pass is a bargain.

But even if you don’t want to go that route, here’s the beautiful thing about “The Shed” — when it comes to ticket prices, what you see is what you get. If it says $15, that’s the exact charge — no fees, no service charges, nada. You pay the amount the concert lists for. Ain’t that a refreshing thing?

Call the dealership at (865) 977-1669 for more information, or visit the website.

“The Shed” announces lineup for spring concert season!

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“The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville, is holding the second of its “Shed Unplugged” performances this weekend, featuring Ray Wylie Hubbard and his son, Lucas. (There’s another one slated for March 20 featuring singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith.) However, the good folks over at the dealership are already looking ahead to a bang-up spring and summer concert season, and just now they posted the lineup for the first three months up on their Myspace page. Here it is:

April 3: Unknown Hinson

April 10: Voodoo Lounge (Rolling Stones tribute)

April 17: Scott Miller and the Commonwealth

April 24: Mustang Sally

May 1: Winds of Thor (Led Zeppelin tribute)

May 8: Shannon McNally

May 15: Ray Wylie Hubbard with Hayes Carll

May 22: Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton

May 28: Devon Allman’s Honeytribe

June 5: Goose Creek Symphony

June 12: Todd Snider

June 19: Use Your Illusion (Guns N’ Roses tribute)

June 26: Hackensaw Boys

No word yet on ticket prices; if organizers follow last year’s formula, they’ll range from $5-$15. (I think the most expensive was $25 last fall for Leon Russell.) More details, including local bands added to the lineup, extending it into the fall and exact start times, will be announced later.

The future is Unknown … for one night, at least …

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Just got word from Sean Blair, GM over at Patrick Sullivan’s Saloon (100 N. Central St. in Knoxville’s Old City), that “The King of Country-Western Troubadours” — Unknown Hinson — will perform there at 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Tickets are $15.

Read our interview with him from last year, and take our word for it — if you’ve ever experienced an Unknown Hinson show, you’re in for a treat. See for yourself. Here’s Unknown Hinson on:

Romance!

College girls!

Rock ‘n’ roll!

And finally, some pointers, if you will … words of wisdom from Unknown Hinson’s dental-afflicted mouth to our ears, from a cover story we did on him in August 200!

… on Love

1) “Always suit up before you make love. I am a firm believer in the condominium. We live in dangerous times, and I ain’t ashamed to tell a woman, ‘Look here, darlin’ — you’re pretty and all, but I don’t know where you been or what you been into, so give me a minute to suit up. If I don’t, I might get a touch of the AIDS or something, know what I mean?”

2) “Be good to the womerns. I like to think I’ve learned what they likes — womerns likes mens who shoot guns and sing country-Western music. Gene Autry, he shot guns and sang country-Western, and womerns liked him. Roy Rogers, he shot a gun and sang country-Western music, and womerns liked him. I shoot a gun, and I sing country-Western music, and womern’s likes me. I don’t see no argument there.”

… on Life

1) “Another thing I’ve learned — party liquor is a damn good antiseptic. You might have noticed from my photographs that I’ve got a slight dental affliction. My gums bleed and gets infected from time to time. When I start bleeding from the mouth, I just do eight or 10 shots of party liquor, and it not only helps kill the pain, it ensures my chart-topping mouth is free from disease. In particular, my party liquor of choice is the vodka in the half-gallon size. It’s clear. I don’t ever drink no party liquor I can’t see through. That’s dangerous.”

2) “One of the things I’ve learned the hard way, is that I’ve learned a lot about ice machines. I never stay in a hotel or a motel that ain’t got no nearby, working ice machine. Hell, when I got a woman in my room after one of my shows, and we’re having a drink, I’ll be damned if I’m gonna disrupt our romance by going out and looking for a damn ice machine. If I find one and it ain’t working, I check out of the hotel right then and there. I ain’t a dealing with that mess. A working ice machine is one of the most important fixtures a hotel or motel has to offer, in my opinion.”

… and on the Music Business

1) “Practice your guitar, or your drums, or your pianer or whatever you play, at least a half-hour a day. Don’t give up because, hell, you never know — success might be just around the corner.”

2) “Try to avoid a prison sentence if humanly possible — your record sales will drop off if you go into the joint like I did for 30 years.”

3) “Just write what’s in your heart. Write about what you know, because you can’t write about something you don’t know and something you ain’t experienced. If you try to, people see through it.”

4) “I tell young musicians and performers, never leave your wallet or your billfold in the dressing room. While you’re out there performing, somebody might sneak in there and steal your billfold, which contains your cash American monies and your condominiums.”

5) “Another thing I would tell the young up-and-coming aspiring artists — people will think you is a vampire if you have two pointed, sharp teeth like me and a thick, bountiful head of jet-black hair with a pronounced widder’s peak like I do and thick black sideburns and bushy black eyebrows like me and always dress in black tuxeders like me. But hell, if it makes them happy to believe I’m a vampire, that’s fine. It’s like believin’ in Santy Claus — if they want to believe it, that’s fine.”

6) “I advise the youngerns that wants to get into this racket — never, ever sign anything, except an autograph for one of your fans. I’ve signed record contracts, movie contracts, television contracts, publishing contracts and management contracts, and they’ve all earned me five damned dimensions of hell in my chart-topping life. Womern fans, though, are always wanting me to sign their breasts, which I’m happy to do. They’re happy to have my name emblazoned across their chests, and even though it makes the husbands and boyfriends jealous, it’s kindly becoming a national phenomenon. Some of ‘em even get it tattooed on there.”

7) “One more thing to the young folks wanting to get into this business — never get paid with a check for one of your concert performances. Have you ever tried to cash a check made out to Unknown? It’s impossible. Think about it.”

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February 5th, 2010 at 11:47 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.

Unknown Hinson: Tonight (April 4) at “The Shed”!

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If you’ve never experienced Unknown Hinson, here’s a primer to prepare you for tonight’s concert at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville.

First up, here’s Friday’s page 1 story from The Daily Times.

Here’s some info on changes for this season’s concert series at “The Shed.”

Listen to this weekend’s edition of “Backstage Pass,” our Weekend podcast, for interview clips with the King himself.

VIDEOS! Unknown Hinson on:

Romance!

College girls!

Rock ‘n’ roll!

And finally, some pointers, if you will … words of wisdom from Unknown Hinson’s dental-afflicted mouth to our ears, from a cover story we did on him last August!

… on Love

1) “Always suit up before you make love. I am a firm believer in the condominium. We live in dangerous times, and I ain’t ashamed to tell a woman, ‘Look here, darlin’ — you’re pretty and all, but I don’t know where you been or what you been into, so give me a minute to suit up. If I don’t, I might get a touch of the AIDS or something, know what I mean?”

2) “Be good to the womerns. I like to think I’ve learned what they likes — womerns likes mens who shoot guns and sing country-Western music. Gene Autry, he shot guns and sang country-Western, and womerns liked him. Roy Rogers, he shot a gun and sang country-Western music, and womerns liked him. I shoot a gun, and I sing country-Western music, and womern’s likes me. I don’t see no argument there.”

… on Life

1) “Another thing I’ve learned — party liquor is a damn good antiseptic. You might have noticed from my photographs that I’ve got a slight dental affliction. My gums bleed and gets infected from time to time. When I start bleeding from the mouth, I just do eight or 10 shots of party liquor, and it not only helps kill the pain, it ensures my chart-topping mouth is free from disease. In particular, my party liquor of choice is the vodka in the half-gallon size. It’s clear. I don’t ever drink no party liquor I can’t see through. That’s dangerous.”

2) “One of the things I’ve learned the hard way, is that I’ve learned a lot about ice machines. I never stay in a hotel or a motel that ain’t got no nearby, working ice machine. Hell, when I got a woman in my room after one of my shows, and we’re having a drink, I’ll be damned if I’m gonna disrupt our romance by going out and looking for a damn ice machine. If I find one and it ain’t working, I check out of the hotel right then and there. I ain’t a dealing with that mess. A working ice machine is one of the most important fixtures a hotel or motel has to offer, in my opinion.”

… and on the Music Business

1) “Practice your guitar, or your drums, or your pianer or whatever you play, at least a half-hour a day. Don’t give up because, hell, you never know — success might be just around the corner.”

2) “Try to avoid a prison sentence if humanly possible — your record sales will drop off if you go into the joint like I did for 30 years.”

3) “Just write what’s in your heart. Write about what you know, because you can’t write about something you don’t know and something you ain’t experienced. If you try to, people see through it.”

4) “I tell young musicians and performers, never leave your wallet or your billfold in the dressing room. While you’re out there performing, somebody might sneak in there and steal your billfold, which contains your cash American monies and your condominiums.”

5) “Another thing I would tell the young up-and-coming aspiring artists — people will think you is a vampire if you have two pointed, sharp teeth like me and a thick, bountiful head of jet-black hair with a pronounced widder’s peak like I do and thick black sideburns and bushy black eyebrows like me and always dress in black tuxeders like me. But hell, if it makes them happy to believe I’m a vampire, that’s fine. It’s like believin’ in Santy Claus — if they want to believe it, that’s fine.”

6) “I advise the youngerns that wants to get into this racket — never, ever sign anything, except an autograph for one of your fans. I’ve signed record contracts, movie contracts, television contracts, publishing contracts and management contracts, and they’ve all earned me five damned dimensions of hell in my chart-topping life. Womern fans, though, are always wanting me to sign their breasts, which I’m happy to do. They’re happy to have my name emblazoned across their chests, and even though it makes the husbands and boyfriends jealous, it’s kindly becoming a national phenomenon. Some of ‘em even get it tattooed on there.”

7) “One more thing to the young folks wanting to get into this business — never get paid with a check for one of your concert performances. Have you ever tried to cash a check made out to Unknown? It’s impossible. Think about it.”

Written by wildsmith

April 4th, 2009 at 9:47 am

Ear-gasms: Check out “Backstage Pass”!

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I can’t say enough good things about my pal and co-worker, Daily Times Assistant Managing Editor for Online Content Timothy Hankins. Dude has gone above and beyond to make the Weekend podcast, titled “Backstage Pass,” sound absolutely stellar. Seriously; it’s as good as anything you’ll hear on NPR. If you haven’t given it a listen, you’re doing yourself, the local musicians who sit down with us and me and Tim a grave disservice. Like, you’re spitting in our faces. I say this because, if you’re reading this blog, then you obviously are somewhat Internet savvy, so there’s no excuse for not downloading or just listening online to this amazing multimedia product.

So I submit for your enjoyment … “Backstage Pass,” the complete boxed set. Put on in the background while you work or play games online or browse for porn or whatever it is you do when you’re on the computer. And please – let us know what you think. You can e-mail us at podcast@thedailytimes.com

“Backstage Pass,” episode 1: Teenage Love13, Tarani Duncan

“Backstage Pass,” episode 2: Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and Hill Country Revue

Backstage Pass,” episode 3: John T. Baker, Unknown Hinson