Today I'd like to say how thankful I am that I live in Knoxville, TN. The football thing (read: obsession) is a little overwhelming but I LOVE the music scene. There is so much to do in this town, especially on the weekends. When my students complain to me that there are no music events to go to I just shake my head and think You didn't look hard enough... Or at all! I then point them to a number of places where they can find event listings (Eventful.com, the UT School of Music, Knoxville.com, etc.).
There are so many talented bands who call Knoxville home (The Dirty Guv'nahs and Dishwater Blonde, just to name a couple). One of the coolest things is to go to a show for one band and discover another band while I'm there. Like this weekend: I went to Barley's Taproom to see Dishwater Blonde and was blown away by the opening act, The Distribution. I couldn't wait to get home and look them up on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, etc... Yes, I am that kind of fan. :-D
And speaking of Barley's, that's another great Knoxville trait. Sooooooo many venues. Baker Peters Jazz Club, Bijou Theatre, Preservation Pub, Square Room, Tennessee Theatre, and many more. I started labeling some as "a personal favorite" but it ended up being almost all of them! I do prefer the ones which don't allow smoking inside, but sometimes I just have to decide before I leave home that whatever I'm wearing will go straight to the hamper when I return. You gotta make sacrifices sometimes, right?
Out of all the venues in town the Bijou Theatre, which is downtown, is especially close to my heart because it's where
- I saw the Guv'nahs for the first time (and got hooked),
- I saw an awesome Hanson concert (what of it?!), and
- I sat on the second row for Bryan Adams' acoustic tour and then met him outside after the show!
So what about you guys? Who's your favorite band? Where's your favorite spot to hang out, grab a cup of coffee, socialize, etc.?