Friday, June 7
Who: Flux Pavilion with Skism and Sour Kandi
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Old City Courtyard
Price: $20 - $25
RJ's Take: Dubstep has a penchant for attracting fans who love loud music and raging parties. Naturally, the college crowd has taken a liking to the genre. For all the dubsteppers still on campus this summer, U.K.'s rising star Flux Pavilion may be the answer to the classic what-should-I-do-tonight conundrum. His 2011 track "I Can't Stop" was sampled by Jay-Z and Kanye and his January EP "Blow the Roof" has metaphorically blown several roofs across the U.K. Take a chance on the most recent British invasion before he gets too big for the college budget and bring a jacket; a high chance of rain might make Flux wish he hadn't blown the roof off after all.
What: Bob Dylan Birthday Bash
When: 5-10 p.m.
Where: Market Square
R.J.'s Take: If you've ever picked up an issue of Rolling Stone, you know Bob Dylan is hailed as the greatest songwriter ever. Some critics object to his singing, but nobody denies his creative genius. Enjoy the latter without the former in Market Square thanks to a host of East Tennessee bands: The Lonsome Coyotes, RB Morris, Norwegian Wood, Itchy & the Hater Tots, Clint Farley and more. Come for the free tunes and stay for the food; whether it's a turkey burger from Cafe 4 or a cold treat from Rita's WaterIce, Market Square restaurants never fail to delight. In Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee," he sums up the feeling of many a Market Square visitor: "His voice it trembles as he calls out for another plate of food."
Saturday, June 8
What: Pilot Light 13th Birthday Celebration
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Candoro Arts and Heritage Center
R.J.'s Take: A quick perusing of Google reviews of Pilot Light brings up phrases like "adventurous music" and "underground." If you've ever visited the Old City dive bar, you'd be hard-pressed to challenge it's reputation as one of the best rock clubs in Knoxville. Celebrate the club's 13th anniversary and attend the all-day party in South Knoxville. With bands like Ahleuchatistas and the Faun Fables starting at 7 p.m. and local bands Smoking Nurse, Dumb Lunch and Birthday Girl finishing off the night, the ticket is heavy on the back end. Don't miss the beginning; members of the Royal Bangs and White Gregg, with others, will perform "micro-sets" starting at 2 p.m.
What: The Rude Street Peters with Foddershock
When: 8 p.m..
Where: Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
R.J.'s Take: Punk meets country meets rock 'n' roll in the Rude Street Peters' sound, a Knoxville favorite for nearly 20 years. They have a song entirely dedicated to the fornication of two dogs in the middle of a road, if that tells you anything. If looking for a change of pace from the typical Saturday night, grab one of Barley's hand-tossed pizzas and enjoy one of the most unique bands in town. It will be a rowdy evening in the Old City.