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Instant Lobster

Groovin’ in the Grotto

Famous Knoxvillian We Didn’t Know About

Take My Temperature, Doctor

Instant Lobster

This past Friday, after Maxi and the Pads packed up and headed for the Pilot Light barstools, Fist rolled out a carpet and had Lobster playing almost instantaneously, sans the trombone. Instant band, just add beer. Lobster Lobster Lobster didn’t just make itself heard, as the crowd stood less than two feet from the drumset; we all felt it, too. It’s not a band in the traditional sense, more like an ephemeral force, always appearing to fill silence with simple, pure metal. That’s always welcome, anywhere.

Groovin’ in the Grotto

There were many reasons one might loiter at the Grotto last Friday evening. There was a captivating photography show in the upstairs gallery, which drew in a good crowd of First Friday goers. And in the early evening, the lithe shadows of Circle Modern Dance ’s members could be seen gliding and wiggling across the cavernous walls downstairs. But perhaps more surprising was the huge crowd that appeared to have shown up for Swing Dance Night. Guys and gals were dressed to the nines, shaking and shimmying til the wee hours to the tunes of The Streamliners .

We admit it, we’re under the Grotto’s spell. Come see what it’s all about, as the Grotto has some wacky events on its horizon. This Saturday, don’t miss didgeridoo master Ganga Giri from Australia. Then on Jan. 20, there’ll be a West African dance party with Afromotive , and a salsa dance party on Jan. 21 with Nuevo Montuno . Get worldly, mon.

Famous Knoxvillian We Didn’t Know About

Take My Temperature, Doctor

Rallying The Remedy, which played originals and songs by Jason Mraz and Maroon 5 , the Vibraslaps , which played original music, Risky Business , with—what else?—’80s tunes, and Second Opinion , with ’60s and ’70s tunes, 11 sweaty doctors mustered roughly 650 attendees. The reception was so fine that Kinder wants to do the whole thing over again twice a year, every year.

Grateful for the crowd, Prince says she was pleased to see many folks who seldom make it out to Blue Cats or the Old City. “We were all saying ‘I don’t think there’s been this many people over 40 in this building, enjoying the music, in its entire existence,’” Prince says with a laugh.

To contribute to Project Access call Kim Weaver at 531-2766

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