Thursday, Jan. 17
What: UT Dance Society Presents: BOSS Dance Company Showcase
Where: Clarence Brown Theater
When: 7:30 p.m.Price: $5 for students, $10 for general admission
Victoria's Take: An annual event, the Boss Dance Company spring showcase is a way for students to present their passion through movement in various dance genres including hip hop, jazz, tap and ballet. If you have never attended a dance performance, you're really missing out. The human body is pretty mesmerizing considering all of its functions, but there's just something about dance and the way it blends grace and strength together that makes it so enjoyable to watch. These dancers are talented, so attend this show and support your peers for their hard work and dedication.
Who: Moon Taxi
Where: Bijou Theater
When: 8:30 p.m.
Victoria's Take: Still haven't listened to Nashville-based band Moon Taxi? That's completely your fault then. But since I'm an empathetic person, you are forgiven this one time. With high energy and powerful vocals, this band still has a mellow and familiar sound that any music lover could enjoy it. It's Tennessee's gift to the ears.
Who: Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley with Lee Bruce
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Thompson-Boling Arena
Victoria's Take: A country musician I actually like! Former "Nashville Star" reality show hopeful Miranda Lambert might have finished the show in third place, but that didn't stop the songstress from landing a record deal. There's something electric about her, and perhaps that's why I enjoy her music. Well, it's really one song titled "White Liar," but other country fanatics will enjoy all of her songs. It's a big name artist performing on campus—GO.
Saturday, Jan. 19
What: KSO Pops: Music of Lennon and McCartney
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum
Melodi's Take: Hanging out with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra is definitely something classy to do on a Saturday night. But instead of performing the works of Schubert and Beethoven, the KSO opted for the work of Lennon and McCartney. The orchestra will be putting together orchestral versions of famous Beatles songs that will have you singing the lyrics out loud. If you don't like The Beatles, then this may not be the event for you. But really, who doesn't like The Beatles? Budget your money this weekend for a ticket to the event and you'll be sure to hear fabulously amazing versions of "Blackbird" and "Hey Jude."
Who: Fred EaglesmithWhen: 8 p.m.
Where: Shed – Maryville
Melodi's Take: First exams of the semester got you stressed out? Why not chill with Fred Eaglesmith and listen to some laid-back tunes this Saturday night? Eaglesmith gets inspiration from machines and vehicles and writes his songs in an alternative country genre. Also playing some bluegrass inspired music, Eaglesmith is sure to bring out a large crowd at this performance here in Knoxville. Grab a few friends and jam to Eaglesmith to momentarily procrastinate on your first paper of the spring semester.
Sunday, Jan. 20
Who: Erisa Rei
When: 9 p.m.
Where: Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria (ages 21+)
Melodi's Take: This vocalist released her latest album "Black Ball" last January, but it's still getting attention from Americana fans from all around the state. Making tour stops in Chattanooga, Nashville and Knoxville, Rei's performance should be unlike other singers you've seen live. This vocalist not only performs her own songs, but also covers, all while expressing major emotion on stage and adding a quirky characteristic to the songs she sings through her stylistic crooning. Grab a group of friends, order some pizza and enjoy all that Rei has to offer before catching the Monday blues.