Rhythm N' Blooms will transform the Old City into an Americana lover's dream starting Friday. From headliner Brett Dennen to high school folk band Subtle Clutch, the city will be alive with sound. From musician workshops to the Knoxville Botanical Gardens on Sunday, Knoxville is about to thrive with American roots.

With a fully packed schedule each day at a number of locations, scheduling your weekend could easily cause as much stress as studying for finals.

Need help navigating this terrain? No fear. The Daily Beacon is here.


Who: David Mayfield Parade
Where: Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage
When: 6-6:45 p.m.
Why: When Spotify lists the Avett Brothers as a related artist, it's spot on. The band will play its mix of modern, catchy folk with darker tones to open the festival and show attendees just what the weekend has in store.

Who: Elenowen
Where: Remedy Coffee
When: 8:45-10 p.m.
Why: First, if you were ever even slightly intrigued by 'The Voice' on NBC, especially the first season, you may already know them as the first duo to ever audition for the show. Second, there is a kind of weird and definitely cute coincidence at Rhythm N' Blooms this year where husband and wife duos are popping up everywhere. Out of this sub-genre, however, Elenowen will be the duo you never doubt is together and completely in love. Let your hopeless romantic out at their show.

Who: John & Jacob
Where: Remedy Coffee
When: Midnight-1 a.m.
Why: It's not often a band knows they are on the verge of something big, but John & Jacob do, resulting in them being as excited to be playing as their audiences often are to see them. Playing pop-folk rock, their breakout song "Be My Girl" was played by a few of the actors on the show "Nashville." Go see them play the original.


What: Songwriting Workshop
Where: Musician's Corner at Boyd's Jig & Reel
When: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Why: One thing that helps Rhythm N' Blooms stand out from other festivals is its slew of musician-run workshops Saturday afternoon. While we may not all be musicians ourselves, attending the songwriting workshop could help us appreciate the writing process and pull listeners into the music we already listen to with a better understanding.

Who: Guy Marshall
Where: Lox Salon
When: 6:30-7:30p.m.
Why: The husband-and-wife-led band has been frequenting Preservation Pub for months, and as the group prepares to release its first full-length album, the band plans on using Rhythm N' Blooms to showcase their growth. Playing heartfelt traditional country, Guy Marshall is sure to put on an intimate performance.

Who: Shovels & Rope
Where: Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage
When: 8:45-10:00 p.m.
Why: They were named the Americana Music Association's Emerging Artist of 2013, and their balance of entertaining and intimacy showcases the entirety of the atmosphere of Rhythm N' Blooms. They play with little more than two guitars, a harmonica and a drum set literally salvaged from a junkyard as they switch from honky tonk country to folk ballads.

Who: Tim Lee 3
Where: Barley's Taproom
When: 1:15-2:15 a.m.
Why: While front man Tim Lee has been in and around the Knoxville music scene for years, the formation of Tim Lee 3 with his wife Susan Bauer Lee and drummer Chris Bratta in 2008 has gained them serious momentum in the city. While they play an earlier time Friday, too, catching this late night show in the popular bar will amplify their hard, Southern rock.


What: Bike Ride with Ben Sollee
Where: Starting in Market Square
When: 11:00 a.m.
Why: This bike ride will take participants from Market Square to the Knoxville Botanical Gardens where the festival will end. Promising to get you there early enough to get a good seat for the day's shows, the leisurely bike ride is led by Ben Sollee, cellist and singer-songwriter, who will play later that day. And honestly, what is more Knoxville than riding your bike with a musician?

What: The Final Day of Rhythm N' Blooms
Where: Knoxville Botanical Gardens
When: 1:00-10:00 p.m.
Why: For the last day, the venue switch may seem confusing. However, this is the chance to reconvene with all the faces you have passed in previous days and share in the final few hours of music for the weekend. The festival will close with Knoxville country band The Black Lilies and folk singer Brett Dennen to keep you humming home.