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Boyd’s Jig and Reel inks in performance dates

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Boyd’s Jig and Reel, located where Manhattan’s Bistro and Bar used to be (101 S. Central St. in Knoxville’s Old City), is far enough along that owners have put up several live music dates on the venue’s website.

The pub’s hours are listed as 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and the first official “happy hour,” according to the site, is Sunday, Aug. 21. The live music gets under way in September, and the grand opening itself is set for Sept. 23. Here’s what else is on the calendar:

In addition, on Sept. 30 a “WDVX-travaganza” fundraising event will take place at Boyd’s from 6-9 p.m.; no words on what groups will be on tap to perform, but tickets are $100 per person.

You can also check out and “like” Boyd’s on Facebook.

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

Two venues, multiple bands: some festival heads-ups

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Couple of noteworthy events on the horizon, both for a minimal fee, that you should circle on your calendar if you’re a fan of live music.

First up: WIMZ-FM’s “Shout At Autism” Benefit Ride and Concert, set for noon Sunday, July 18 at Harley-Davidson of Knoxville, 5800 Clinton Highway. WIMZ deejay Jay Mac is hosting the festivities, which last until 9 p.m. Bands on the bill include the Avenue C Band, The Dirty Dougs, Soulfinger, Hanover Fist, The Reigns Band, The Blues Prophets, Jason Ellis, Black Water Revival, The Muddy Walters and Confederate Groove. It’s only $10 (free for kids 12 and younger), and all proceeds will go to the East Tennessee Chapter of the Autism Society of America. In addition to the music, there will be food (provided by Coyote Joe’s), drinks, games and a bounce house for the kiddies. A raffle will include numerous gift certificates and even a vacation or two. Show up and support a good cause. If you’re a biker, pre-registration for the ride is at 9 a.m. Riders leave at 10 a.m. and will return before the music starts. For more information, contact Jay Mac at Jay@wimz.com.

Next week, WDVX-FM and Allison’s Catfish Restaurant will team up for a night of bluegrass. It’s a special event for the eating establishment, located at 403 S. Union Grove Road in Friendsville (off U.S. 321 in Blount County, on the left if you’re headed from Maryville toward Lenoir City). Normally, the place is open from 5-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays only, but next week, the owners will start opening on Thursdays, and to celebrate, they’re throwing a hoedown. On the bill are a number of bands — Shadow Ridge, Lewell Mollen with Hard Rain, Mavis Hughes, The Leadbetters and Friends and Logan Murrell. Doors open at 5 p.m., the music starts at 6 and admission is $10. It’s great food and gorgeous scenery, so if you like some fried catfish, show up. Call (865) 660-4222 for more information.

K-Town Sound Local Music Showcase: next Saturday

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It’s a wonder that those of us covering local music around these parts don’t pull our hair out. (Another reason I shave mine.) Every time we turn around, it seems there’s another event popping up that’s slipped in under the radar. For example, the K-Town Sound Local Music Showcase, which is being presented by WDVX-FM and taking place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the World’s Fair Park Amphitheatre in downtown Knoxville.

On the bill: The Bearded, The Drunk Uncles, The Leadbetters with Phil Leadbetter, Brendon James Wright and The Wrongs, Van Eaton and Friends, The Early Morning Stringdusters, The Tennessee Shines Band, The Black Cadillacs, Y’uns, Medford’s Black Record Collection and more.

The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate; UT students are admitted for $5; children 12 and younger are admitted free.

For more information, call WDVX at 544-1029 or visit the station online.