Wednesday, July 3

What: KJO Jazz Lunch: Tardy Plays Tardy
When: 12 p.m.
Where: The Square Room
Price: $15
Melodi's Take: Ever wondered what professors do when they're not in the classroom environment? Greg Tardy, Jazz instructor at UT, will be joining the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra to play some of his own compositions from his latest album, "Standards & More." Tardy, who has a discography of 12 albums and is known as a renowned saxophonist around the globe, will guarantee an amazing performance that will please anyone who can appreciate some good jazz. This cheap ticket will be well worth it, and it's a great way to start off the long weekend.

Thursday, July 4

What: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Independence Day Concert
When: 8 p.m.
Where: World's Fair Park
Price: Free
Melodi's Take: The 4th of July is a perfect opportunity to grab a group of friends and enjoy time in the World's Fair Park and listen to some classical tunes. Every year the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra gathers together their best patriotic set to perform to hundreds of locals who come to the park to enjoy Independence Day and watch tons of fireworks go off. The performance will be spectacular, without a doubt, and the fireworks will dazzle the many family and friends that will be celebrating the jolly day together. Spend your 4th of July in a way our founding father's would be proud.

Friday, July 5

What: Trapt with Candlelight Red
When: 7 p.m.
Where: NV Nightclub (ages 18 and up)
Price: $12-$15
Melodi's Take: If you spend your Independence Day listening to some classical music, then you may want to go crazy the day after. NV Nightclub is inviting Trapt to their stage, an all-American Rock band from California. Their music is loud, fun and authentic rock music that's hard to come by in East Tennessee. This band will have the Old City shaking from their bass, and their opening band Candlelight Red will also be sure to impress.

Saturday, July 6

What: Hudson K with the Royal Buzz
When: 10 p.m.
Where: Preservation Pub (ages 21 and up)
Price: $5
Melodi's Take: Are you a fan of Tori Amos and Beethoven? Well so is Hudson K, a singer/songwriter who draws influences from the aforementioned and loves some good rock music. With her band the Royal Buzz, these musicians sound like a vintage rock band from the 70s, capitalizing on percussion and synth while still keeping strong with lyrics. The band will be performing songs from their latest album, "Ouroboros and the Black Dove."