Friday, June 28
What: Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band with Milk Carton Kids
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Bijou Theatre
Melodi's Take: When you hear the name Josh Ritter, think of Leonard Cohen singing songs of archaeologists falling in love with mummies. Ritter, a Idaho native, redefines the Americana music genre by pairing it with interesting lyrics that make for compelling stories and a undeniable happy beat in his tunes. He always performs with his Royal City Band, and Americana duo Milk Carton Kids will be opening the show for them. Watch Ritter perform from his latest album, "The Beast in its Tracks," because it's sure to be an amazing night.
Saturday, June 29
What: Ray Wylie Hubbard
When: 8 p.m.
Melodi's Take: Looking for some good ol' country entertainment this weekend? Then Ray Wylie Hubbard is your guy. Hubbard, a country folk and blues artist, is visiting Shed to give a performance that will likely rip some strings on a banjo. Having more than 30 years of experience, Hubbard ranks as one of the best living Texas songwriters and is often compared to fellow Texans Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Hit up Shed this Saturday to see this guy rock out. He'll leave you shaking in your boots.
What: Jill Andrews with Amanda Platt
When: 9:30 p.m.
Where: Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
Melodi's Take: Got a date this Saturday night? Barley's is where you should go. This Old City restaurant/bar/concert hall is the hip-happening place almost every night of the week, and Saturdays always feature the coolest, underground artists that Knoxville could ask for. This weekend it's Jill Andrews, a folk singer who has a voice that could potentially break glass. Her range and clarity will be breathtaking in the small yet intimate space Barley's provides. She'll be preceded by Amanda Platt, another singer who you'll fall in love with by the end of her set.
Sunday, June 30
What: Oom-Pah: A Festival of Horns and Drums
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Clayton Center for the Arts
Melodi's Take: It's officially the last day of June, why not celebrate with some percussion? All weekend long concert bands, percussion groups and even the Knoxville Community Band will take part in this fun festival that is paying homage to the instruments that give music life. By the end of the weekend your head will be spinning from all the beats you've heard. In a good way.