It's Spring Break, and like the rest of the university, your Weekender creators are going to be taking a break from the stress of school and life in general. We know many students can't make it to the beach and instead will be enjoying a stay-cation in Knoxville, so we provided a list of events over the next week to become a tourist in your own city. Enjoy.
Saturday, March 23
Who: The Black Lillies with Slim Langhorne
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Tennessee Theatre
Price: $26.50, all ages
Victoria's Take: Folk-Americana band The Black Lillies is a band you want to categorize, but the group utilizes so many other sounds that you can't quite place them in the ring with other folk groups. Yes, they have the acoustic qualities and yes, the lyrics are simple, heartfelt and personal. It's probably the amount of country thrown into the mix that makes it hard to place the group into the pile with the rest. Check them out on YouTube and see for yourself.
Sunday, March 24
Who: Warm Soda with Burning Itch
When: 10 p.m.
Where: Groundswell Collective
Price: N/A, all ages
Victoria's Take: Oakland, Calif. based pop-rock band Warm Soda has the quintessential sound of the genre. They have a similar sound to Neon Trees with a little less vocal range but still using the same synthesizers. Despite sharing similar sounds with other band in the same sphere, there's still something unique about the group. Maybe it's their swagger, perhaps it's the straightforward lyrics. I can't put my finger on it, but the band is easy enough on the eyes and ears to be a good show during the break. Check them out on YouTube, especially their song "Warm Bodies," and see them in action.
Tuesday, March 26
Who: Kat Brock with Jen Rock and the Cry Babies and Shriek Operator
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Pilot Light
Price: $5, 18 and up
Victoria's Take: If you enjoy the ethereal sounds of Lykke Li , then you'll enjoy the music of Knoxville musician Kat Brock. The singer/ songwriting recently returned to the city after spending some time in Nashville and New York. It's her simple acoustic sound paired with synthesized and whispering vocals that create a calm and enjoyable musical experience. It's a good way to unwind on a Tuesday night in the Old City.
Thursday, March 28
Who: OTEP with One Eyed Doll, Picture Me Broken and Shallowpoint
When: 7 p.m.
Where: NV Nightclub
Price: $10 - $12
Melodi's Take: OTEP, formed in 2000 straight out of Los Angeles, is an industrial metal band that has had its fair share of experience and is sure to impress the crowds in Knoxville. This nightclub in the Old City is the place to be any weekend, and with this collection of bands it is sure to be a good night among others during Spring Break. Opt for some metal while avoiding the cold weather forecasts for next week.
Friday, March 29
Who/What: Adam Hill with Dave Kennedy
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Union Place (ages 21 and up)
Melodi's Take: The once frontman of Satellite Pumps, Adam Hill is a seasoned musician and is only building his résumé further with his album "Banjo Moon," released in October. Having a vintage flavor within the genre he performs in, Hill is a great match with Dave Kennedy, the guitarist for alternative rock band Angels and Airwaves. This duo is sure to impress crowds and is a great option for people in town early before classes start.
Saturday, March 30
Who/What: Ryan Bingham with honeyhoney
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Bijou Theatre
Melodi's Take: Having won an Academy Award alongside legendary music producer T-Bone Burnett for his song, "The Weary Kind," from the film "Crazy Heart," Ryan Bingham is an artist who is sure to bring out a huge crowd from Knoxville. With band honeyhoney, known for their single, "Ohio," these two artists will inevitably fill the Bijou with beautiful music that will leave an impression on all music lovers.