Jonathan Sexton Takes Over Preservation Pub for Music Fest

As we reported last week, Preservation Pub on Market Square is getting a big overhaul in the next few weeks with the scheduled opening of its second-story bar. There’s another overhaul this weekend, though, when Jonathan Sexton presents the Big Love Overhaul, a mini-festival featuring some of Sexton’s favorite local and regional bands (including, of course, his own Big Love Choir).

“Since I signed with my new management company, publishing company, and booking agency in August, I don’t get to dabble in this side of the business as much lately,” Sexton says in a press release. “But it is something I certainly have a passion for, so I am grateful for the opportunity to put something together within the confines of the brilliant Knoxville music community. Besides, everyone at the Pub works so hard all the time, it’s cool for them to let me drive for a weekend, and it helps me grow as a concert promoter, and get to see all my friends and fans for a more extended period of time.”

The Big Love Overhaul runs Thursday through Saturday, starting at 9 p.m. each night. Admission is $3 on Thursday and $5 on Friday and Saturday. Thursday’s line up includes Don Gallardo, a folk singer from Nashville; the new local roots trio the New Vernacular; and Jamie Cook, drummer for the Black Lillies, making one of his infrequent solo appearances. Friday night features gritty singer/songwriter Matt Urmy, a former Knoxvillian who’s made the move to Nashville; the Small Town Mayors, a power-pop group from Atlanta; and Sexton and the Big Love Choir. Saturday’s roster starts with Nashville alt-rockers Listen Like Thieves, followed by a set of country rock from Sexton and his father, Andrew, joined by local vet Dave Campbell on drums, and concludes with Austin, Texas, indie pop band Oh No Oh My.

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