Preservation Pub Supports Non-Profits

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Sure, some folks pull taps and mix drinks for a living, but

Knoxville

seems to have made bartending by local celebrities into a minor sport and a good way to raise money for a good cause. Every week, Preservation Pub hosts behind-the-bar stars to raise money for a variety of non-profits and causes. What better way to funnel some spare change out of drinkers with a charitable bent?

 

Headtrips

Former Lost and Found Records proprietor Mike Armstrong has just released a CD with his new band The Invisible Mind Circus , a 13-song collection of wiry psychedelic pop songs that calls to mind the work of 1960s outfits from The Byrds to the Moody Blues , tempered with a bit of '80s college jangle.

Produced by local studio whiz and former Superdrag drummer Don Coffey at Knoxville's 613 Studio, the disc, entitled Look Inside , features Duane Parks on bass and Rick Vance on drums. The latest incarnation of IMC also includes guitarist Jeff Comas , formerly of the '80s outfit Candy Creme and the Wet Dream .

All of the songs on Look Inside were penned by Armstrong himself, who fell in love with AM radio in the mid-'60s, and played intermittently in several local garage-rock outfits before starting Lost and Found, the late, much-lamented local record shop that dealt used music on the Cumberland Avenue Strip for more than a decade until its demise in 2002.

The Invisible Mind Circus will play on April 9 at Manhattan's in the Old City.

 

Stellar Visions

A telescope brings objects into clear focus and reaches for the stars. That's why Telescope is a befitting name for Matt Urmy's new band. You may remember him from a few years ago, pouring his heart out upstairs at the now-closed McGhee's Irish Pub every weekend in the slayer of a rock band, Martha's Thirst . After a prolonged hiatus from performing, he's fine-tuned his focus on music, not to mention his sense of center in life, now more than ever. Urmy has teamed up with Tony Cheatham on drums and bass player Andre Hayder for Telescope. "It's rock and roll," says Urmy, "but we throw in spoken word and other elements. It's more honest and vulnerable than anything I've ever done."

Our ears are itching with anticipation of Telescope's first live show this Saturday, April 9, at the Preservation Pub , especially considering the other talents joining them onstage. Does the awesomeness of Dixie Dirt even need an introduction anymore? Probably not, but they'll be there wailing and awing the crowd as always. And just in case you missed the geek-chic Weezer -style perfection of Memphis band Snowglobe last weekend at the Pilot Light , here's your chance to catch 'em again.

The show is part of a two-night showcase for the blossoming art co-op called Sunsphere . "Sunsphere is not a record company," Urmy says. "It's a music and art co-op, and it's completely free. The only reason it exists is to help Knoxville artists and bring artists together." As the loose affiliation of musicians, painters and artists of every stripe grows, he hopes "people outside of Knoxville will begin to recognize that name."

The performance on Friday, April 8, also at the Pub, will feature Knoxville's Redhouse , whose leadman, Jonathan Sexton , is another founder of Sunsphere, as well as Nashville powerpop band, The Loft , and Stephanie's Id .

 

Bartending for Bucks

Sure, some folks pull taps and mix drinks for a living, but Knoxville seems to have made bartending by local celebrities into a minor sport and a good way to raise money for a good cause. Every week, Preservation Pub hosts behind-the-bar stars to raise money for a variety of non-profits and causes. What better way to funnel some spare change out of drinkers with a charitable bent?

A sort of Olympics of beer-slinging took place last week to help establish a legal fun for tenants who lost their homes and possessions to the fire in the Crimson Building on Gay Street. Bistro at the Bijou, Nama , Patrick Sullivan's and Manhattan's offered up their bars for the event, making room for WBIR morning anchors Michelle Silva and Ben Senger , lawyer and Inside Tennessee panelist Don Bosch , Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership VP Rhonda Rice , and Cumberland Ave. Revisited author Jack Rentfro . John Wilkerson and Jimmy Hyams of SportsTalk 990 parked the station's van outside Manhattan's and presumably did a play-by-play over the air.

The volunteer barkeeps helped raise nearly $2,000 to help those displaced from the Crimson Building pay legal fees being incurred due to disputes with the insurance company. Investigators have yet to confirm whether the devastating fire was caused by arson.

 

Go.

Thursday: Warm up with an earful of Ericson Holt at WDVX's Blue Plate Special at noon, then experience the madness that is The Dempseys at Barley's .

Friday: Go clubbing downtown to catch some of Nug Jug and the French Broads at Corner Lounge , Justin Melendy and the Bros. Pena at Manhattan 's , Ho-Ag at the Pilot Light , and Junior Brown at Blue Cats.

Saturday: Join the fray on Gay Street at the fourth annual Rossini Festival. Stay hydrated by consuming plenty of Italian ice. Use your last bits of energy to rock out with Rob Russell and Stacie Collins at Patrick Sullivan's .

Sunday: View the signature of the late Pope John Paul II at the Ink & Blood exhibit at the Knoxville Convention Center. Continue your spiritual journey by hearing award-winning poet Betty Adcock read at the T.V. Unitarian Universalist Church at 3 p.m.

Monday: Contemplate your feelings about Anthrax getting back together.

Tuesday: Use the extra hour of daylight to wander aimlessly. 

Wednesday: Buy your mom something nice at the UT Ceramics Spring Sale at the Art & Architecture building.

Mike Gibson, Molly Kincaid,

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