Bryan Adams, Allison Krauss, Lyle Lovett

As the sun sinks low, the stage inside fires up with music by a barrage of local performers.

those who fall into the first set that

Adams

(not at all to be confused with Robin Hood theme-song-singing cheeseball Bryan Adams ), is

It's refreshing to see some acts like Adams, and Gov't Mule on April 13, that appeal to a younger crowd coming to the Tennessee. Forgive the gripe, but although twenty-somethings may recall with fondness their parents listening to lots of Lyle Lovett and recognize that Alison Krauss sure has a purty voice, most aren't willing to shell out upwards of $40 bucks to see them. Variety is not only the spice of

life,

Next up, The Shins?

Asheville

's Orange Peel on April 29 & 30.)

Saturday: Your yard is ready for planting. Pick up some flowers (and a little inspiration) at the Ivan Racheff Wildflower & Plant Sale . Then wash under your fingernails and check out John Brosius at the Time Warp Tea Room .

Get on the Bluefoot

Brent Thompson is one of the most enthusiastic, motivated people you could ever meet. He was a founder of the Amsterdam Café , a cool little joint in the Old City for several years in the '90s, and has been in more than a few bands, including his current project Raj & Redwood . So Thompson's work on both sides of that symbiotic industry of restaurants and musicians has inspired his latest venture, Bluefoot Arts .

Founded with a former co-worker and fellow arts enthusiast Shannon Sensenbach , Bluefoot is named after a twisted ankle Thompson swiftly turned into a metaphor for individuality. More literally, it's a physical and virtual meeting place for a panoply of visual and musical artists and other creative types who want to branch into other markets or tap into additional audiences.

"We want to expose artists to new clientele," says Thompson, whose mile-a-minute verbalizing seems to echo the firing of his synapses. "We want to catch people by surprise."

Imagine a late afternoon at a downtown pub. The patio is surrounded by tables of artists displaying their handmade creations—jewelry, crafts, paintings, and the like. As the sun sinks low, the stage inside fires up with music by a barrage of local performers. The musicians' friends and fans get a taste of visual art and maybe pick up a new anklet, and folks who came to see the artists' works will get an earful of a cool band. It's like cultural multitasking.

Bluefoot's debut on Friday, April 1, starting at 5 p.m. at Preservation Pub , will give artists a chance to talk with Thompson and Sensenbach about getting signed up to participate, and the general public will sample the talents of Bluefoot's first cadre of arts practitioners. The night's musical lineup is Brandy Robinson , Kirk Fleta , Chastity Brown , Thoroughfare , Fistful of Crows , and Raj and Redwood.

The idea for Bluefoot isn't patterned after other art collectives as much as it's a quilt of what Sensenbach and Thompson believe will accomplish their goal of networking a multitude of artists and their audiences. After years of being a club owner seeking live bands to perform, and also being a musician seeking venues, Thompson hopes to grease the wheels of such connections to make them easier for the artists in his roster and venues in the area.

Find out more about Bluefoot and its plans to cross-promote every artist this side of the Cumberland Plateau at bluefootarts.com or find them at MySpace.com.

 

Just Don't Call Him Bryan

Most people either love or loathe the notoriously cranky singer-songwriter Ryan Adams . We'll stay out of that catfight, but we're pleased to report to those who fall into the first set that Adams (not at all to be confused with Robin Hood theme-song-singing cheeseball Bryan Adams ), is scheduled to play the Tennessee Theatre on May 7 with opener Rachael Yamagata . Tickets are $27.50 plus service charges and go on sale Saturday, April 2 at Tickets Unlimited outlets.

It's refreshing to see some acts like Adams, and Gov't Mule on April 13, that appeal to a younger crowd coming to the Tennessee. Forgive the gripe, but although twenty-somethings may recall with fondness their parents listening to lots of Lyle Lovett and recognize that Alison Krauss sure has a purty voice, most aren't willing to shell out upwards of $40 bucks to see them. Variety is not only the spice of life, it's also a key in bringing different kinds of folks downtown. Next up, The Shins? We wish. (But if you're willing to make the drive, they play Asheville's Orange Peel on April 29 & 30.)

 

Go.

Thursday: Step up to the door, knock, and go inside to see what's going on inside the Pilot Light . And stop flushing so much toilet paper!

Friday: It's no ordinary Friday. It's the first Friday, when a glass of wine makes you more eloquent about abstract art. When you've had enough hobnobbing, go get emotionally pistol-whipped by The Ghosts at Manhattan 's .

Saturday: Your yard is ready for planting. Pick up some flowers (and a little inspiration) at the Ivan Racheff Wildflower & Plant Sale . Then wash under your fingernails and check out John Brosius at the Time Warp Tea Room .

Sunday: Spring forward. Don't trip.

Monday: Close your checking account at Home Federal Bank to protest their willful ignorance of preserving our city's history and architectural character. Attempt to find another bank that doesn't tear down buildings.

Tuesday: Jodie Manross and Ben Maney play nifty covers of songs you love.

Wednesday: Stretch your legs and break in your walkin' shoes for the upcoming Rossini Festival .

—Paige M. Travis, Molly Kincaid

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