Thursday, Feb. 7
What: All Sing
Where: James R. Cox Auditorium
When: 7 p.m.
Price: $10 for all UT students
Victoria's Take: Since 1932, UT has held an All Sing event to familiarize students with university songs. Competing groups would sing the UT alma mater and another piece of their choice. Be a part of a university tradition and spend your night on campus supporting your peers.
Who: Sol Driven Train with Vagabond Philosophy
When: 9 p.m.
Price: $8. Ages 21+
Victoria's Take: This Charleston, S.C., band has soul, and the lead singer has even better facial hair. Sol Driven Train is an eclectic bunch with an even more unique sound. Check them out on YouTube singing about summer fruit, among other things.
Friday, Feb. 8
Who: Lydia Salnikova
Where: Preservation Pub
When: 8 p.m.
Price: Free, Ages 21+
Victoria's Take: Russian-born artist Lyida Salnikova had a successful history in music before she made her way to Knoxville in 2011. She joined a band called Bering Strait, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 before their breakup in 2006. Salnikova now sings wispy piano ballads with pop and jazz influences. Check her out on YouTube and judge for yourself.
What: "Jurassic Park"
Where: UC Auditorium
When: Screening at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Victoria's Take: Can you say Nostalgia Friday? If you haven't seen "Jurassic Park," you're either 12-years-old or you never had much of a childhood to begin with. Spend your Friday night watching this Stephen Spielberg classic and nudging your friends or an annoying stranger every time your favorite scene comes on (mine is when the T-rex roars at the end after defeating those pesky raptors).
Saturday, Feb. 9
Who: The Vespers with Caleb
When: 8 p.m.
Melodi's Take: Plan your Saturday night around some good ol' country music that's making its way to Knoxville straight from Nashville. The Vespers, a country/folk group made up of two sisters and two brothers, will be performing songs from their album, "The Fourth Wall," at the Shed in Maryville. The music off their album is considered country, but their relatable lyrics and quirky use of the banjo could appeal to any fan of music. Check out their YouTube account, TheVespersOfficial, because then you'll totally be sold on spending Saturday night with this music group.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Clayton Center for the Arts
Melodi's Take: Robinella is an artist who frequents Knoxville, but that doesn't mean you should miss out on her performance this weekend. Known for her covers of classic Sinatra songs and original folksy/country tunes, Robinella knows how to please her audiences and always has them coming back for more. The Clayton Center is a fancy venue that'll be a nice change from some places in the Old City, so put on your best clothes, grab some friends and enjoy a classy Sunday night with Robinella.
Who/What: UT Percussion Ensemble
When: Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.
Where: Alumuni Memorial Building, Performance Hall 210
Melodi's Take: Need a place to relax before classes on Monday? Why not enjoy a performance by the UT percussion ensemble hosted by the School of Music? Not only is the show free, like most UT student performances are, but it's also performed by fellow students and peers, which makes it all the more special. Snare drums and marimbas are scheduled to be played with an exciting variety of pieces that are sure to entertain. Take some homework or just go empty-handed and enjoy this percussion concert.
Who/What: Shinedown with Three Days Grace and P.O.D.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum
Price: $26 to $42.50
Melodi's Take: Shinedown, originally from Florida, is currently on a national tour promoting their latest album, "Amaryllis." Categorized as an American rock band, this group knows how to make loud music; their songs will without a doubt have the Civic Auditorium shaking from the bass and drums that are dominant throughout most of their albums. If you're looking for a way to finish your weekend off with a bang, Shinedown is probably the best way to do it.