FRIDAY JUNE 22
The Moon And You with Boogertown Gap will perform on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. The free broadcast begins at noon at the Knoxville Visitor Center.
The Knoxville Museum of Art continues their summertime "Alive After Five" series with The Streamliners Swing Orchestra with very special guest R. B. Morris. General admission for the 6 pm event, is $12. FATS BBQ will provide the food.
James Johann will perform at Side Splitters Comedy Club in west Knoxville. He's been featured at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and Comedy Central's Premium Blend. Tickets are $12 at the door for both his 7:45 and 10:15 show.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will grace the stage of the Tennessee Theatre. Tickets range from $27 to $37, and can be purchased at the theatre box office or by phone at (865) 656-4444. Show time is set for 8 pm.
The Bijou Theatre welcomes Brad Blackwell to the US Cellular Stage. Tickets to see this up-and-coming artist range from $15 to $20 and can be purchased at the box office. Show time is set for 8 pm.
SATURDAY JUNE 23
Knoxville Disc Golf presents The Volunteer Classic VII, at Victor Ashe Park. The shotgun start begins at 8 am. For registration information and fees, visit www.knoxdiscgolf.com.
The 10th Annual KARM Dragon Boat Festival at the Cove in Concord Park, will run from 8 am to 4 pm, with 59 dragon boat teams racing. The goal is to raise funds and pledges to serve 100,000 meals to the needy at KARM. It's a free, family-friendly event, with food onsite to purchase and free shuttle rides from the former Kroger parking lot in Farragut. The Trevor Bayne race car for the August 25th Bristol race will also be on site for viewing.
The Market Square Farmers' Market opens at 9 am. Grab some cash and bring some friends down to support your local farmers and artisans.
James White's Fort is holding its annual Cherokee Heritage Festival. Costumed interpreters will re-enact the signing of the Treaty of the Holston between the Cherokee Nation and Governor William Blount in 1791, including a 21-gun salute. Activities will include demonstrations of traditional Cherokee dances, open-hearth cooking, blacksmithing, use of the spinning wheel, and a display of Cherokee and pioneer artifacts. The event runs from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Admission is free.
The New Market Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their annual Summer Fest. Starting at 11 am, you can check out all of the fun the guys out in New Market have prepared: bluegrass music, antique car show, inflatables for kids, and much more. The evening is capped off with a street dance with Open Range band at 9 pm. For more information, you can call (865) 740-7928.
Shannon Wurst will perform on the Saturday edition of the WDVX Blue Plate Special. You can be entertained at the Knoxville Visitor Center for free at noon.
The Meadow Lark Music Festival 2012 is a day of incredible Americana music hosted by Ijams and community radio station WDVX. Headliners for this year's festival include: Acoustic Syndicate, Mary Gauthier, The New Familiars, Sam Quinn + Japan 10, Ganasita, and more. The festival doors open at noon, music starts at 1 p.m. and goes until 10 pm. The $20 tickets are available to purchase in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com.
The Knoxville PrideFest 2012 parade starts a day of festivities in downtown Knoxville. The parade will set up on the State Street Lot (not the garage) and step off at 3 pm. The PrideFest festival will run from 4 to 10 pm, on Market Square and Krutch Park.
The 2nd annual Knoxville Brewfest will be held from 4 pm to 8 pm, at the historic Southern Railway Terminal at 306 Depot Avenue. Beers, breweries and beer enthusiasts from the region will gather for a sampling of fresh beers of all colors, styles and tastes. Visit www.knoxvillebrewfest.com for more information.
Robert Earl Keen will take the stage at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Tickets to see this Americana music pioneer are on sale for $28. The White Buffalo will open the show at 8 pm.
Clayton Center for the Arts presents Summer Music Series with Boogertown Gap. Currently residing in Pittman Center, TN, where they perform Old-Time Mountain and Celtic Music throughout East Tennessee and the local "Great Smokies" area. Tickets are $10 to the 8 pm show.
The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson welcomes Todd Snider with special guest Kevin Gordon. Tickets are available for $20. Show time is set for 8 pm.
SUNDAY JUNE 24
The year 2012 marks two important anniversaries at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park, including the 250th anniversary of British Lieutenant Henry Timberlake's visit to the region in 1762 and Tennessee State Parks' own 75th Anniversary. To help commemorate these two important milestones, the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum and Fort Loudoun State Historic Area will hold a variety of programs and activities.This living history event will allow visitors a chance to experience the same sights, sounds, tastes and smells that Lt. Timberlake experienced when he first visited the region 250 years ago. Dozens of craftsmen and demonstrators will be on hand to recreate items that Timberlake documented on his first visit. Visitors can also tour the newly installed exhibit at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, called The Emissaries of Peace: The British and Cherokee Delegations of 1762. Certified Cherokee guides provided by The Museum of the Cherokee Indian will lead the tours from Fort Loudoun to historic sites at Toqua, Ballplay, Tanasi and Chota, following the footsteps Timberlake described in his own memoirs. Guided bus tours will leave six times a day, at a cost of $5 per person. The lectures and map-making demonstrations at Fort Loudoun are free.