Four local bands and one local venue. The Square Room will make this happen every month starting tonight.
The Square Room Showcase will feature Crab Apple Lane, An Atlas to Follow, The Porter Fox and The Royal Buzz.
Kent Oglesby, who started a website to promote local music called Knoxville Music Warehouse, chose Crab Apple Lane as the first band on the showcase after he heard them play at Preservation Pub.
"After Crab Apple Lane agreed to play at the showcase," Oglesby said, "I wanted to get three other bands that had not the exact same sound, but complementing styles so that if people like this band, they will also like the others."
Knoxville Music Warehouse, a name inspired by Oglesby's day job at an actual warehouse, was created to compile local music, events and concerts in one site.
"Good music comes in and out of this city," the site claims. "We keep it here under one roof."
"I've loved music my whole life, and local music was something I kept trying to get more and more into, but there weren't really the resources available," Oglesby said. "I felt like it should be easier to be able to find out what bands are in town and see what shows are going on."
The website includes a comprehensive event calendar, featured artists, photos and links to new local music.
An intimate downtown music venue, The Square Room provides a stage for local musicians to learn and play in front of an audience that wants to listen.
Tyler Anthony, member of the Knoxville band Cereus Bright, said his journey as a musician would have been different if a platform like The Square Room Showcase had been available.
"In our journey as the band Cereus Bright, there were some moments that were hard in Knoxville," Anthony said. "We would play in a coffee shop and if we wanted to expand and play for more people, the only other place available was at a bar. It wasn't really conducive to our kind of music or the kind of crowd we were always looking for."
Anthony said he hopes the monthly showcase will make it easier for musicians to continue the learning process and transition to bigger shows.
"For some bands that aren't quite there yet, playing a headlining show at the Square Room might be too big of a step," Anthony said. "Hopefully, this local music night will be a bit more attainable and act as a stepping stone to some of those kinds of shows in the future."
Oglesby was surprised by a comment online claiming the only notable musicians in Knoxville were the Black Cadillacs.
On the contrary, indie, bluegrass, rock, folk and a little-known hip-hop scene are all represented by talented Knoxville musicians, Oglesby said.
"It is shocking how much musical talent there is here in Knoxville and so many people are just unaware of it," Oglesby said. "We actually have a great music scene, and a lot of new, emerging bands are so good, but they just don't have the same kind of avenues for people to follow."
For Anthony, showcasing the talents of all types of Knoxville musicians on a regular basis is the ultimate goal.
"It just feels very natural," Anthony said. "The hope is that people in the city and at UT will begin to anticipate it every month and come out to support it even if they don't know the groups. These bands are all really good, and when you hear them, you'll be blown away. You'll get the feeling that these bands need to be performing for more people."
The first Square Room Showcase is tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $5. To learn more about Knoxville Music Warehouse and local musicians, visit www.knoxvillemusicwarehouse.com