Friday, July 12
What: Cereus Bright
When: 10 p.m.
Where: Boyd's Jig & Reel (ages 21 and up)
Melodi's Take: Who doesn't like a free concert? Cereus Bright is a young, local band comprised of two talented front-men and a strong rhythm section. After a week-long Tennessee Tour, with stops in Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga, the band will play at Jig & Reel before heading to Johnson City. Their music is a fresh take on folk, which translates well to recording and live shows. Experience it for yourself this Friday night at Jig & Reel.
What: Chris Tucker
When: 7:45 and 10:30 p.m.
Where: Side Splitters Comedy Club (ages 18 and up)
Price: $35 - $37
Melodi's Take: What's better than Jackie Chan? Chris Tucker of course! Side Splitters Comedy Club once again pulls through for Knoxville and has invited Tucker to perform not once, but twice this Friday night, and again on Saturday night (7:45 p.m.). The "Rush Hour" actor is one of the funniest comedians around, and is sure to split some sides, if not slap some knees. This ticket is a bargain, as you're guaranteed to laugh out loud.
Saturday, July 13
What: Wayne "The Train" Hancock
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
Melodi's Take: When Wayne Hancock released his first single in 1995, "Thunderstorms and Neon Signs," he created a new genre of music. Thus, juke joint swing was invented; Hancock became king. His honky-tonk, rockabilly music will have the Old City on their feet and dancing. This creative Texas native will guarantee an exciting Saturday night.
Sunday, July 14
What: Toad the Wet Sprocket
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Bijou Theatre
Melodi's Take: Formed in 1986, Toad the Wet Sprocket is an all-American alternative rock band consisting of four talented musicians who have a real passion for music. Picking up the unique name from a Monty Python sketch, this band met each other in high school and through breakups and conflicts, they have gotten back together and are now touring across the southern states. They will be performing songs from their latest album, "New Constellation," and considering the cheap ticket, this concerts seems like the perfect date night this Sunday.