In last week’s Eye on the Scene, we described the lineup for the upcoming Hard Knox Blues Bash in the Old City in October as “almost exactly the same” as the Blues Bash held in the same spot in July. That’s not exactly true—there are more than a few notable additions to the concert, which is being organized by the Tennessee Valley Blues and Jazz Foundation.
Last week we noted the addition of 11-year-old Austin Crum, from Newport, and Clifford Curry, a Knoxville native and R&B singer who had a few minor hits in Nashville in the 1960s and went on to a long career in the Carolinas. Sharon Mosby and John Myers have also been added to the lineup, and they’ll be backed by veteran R&B and jazz combo Chico and the Men. Also new to the October Bash: David Overall, from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, who’ll be playing French horn with the Relentless Blues Band, and the Harp Dogs, a local blues band made up of Bearden High School students.
“The July 1 Blues Bash was put together in less than a month, as a ‘consolation prize’ for the underserved Knoxville-area blues fans, and for me, to recover from my huge disappointment at being unable to summon the support needed to produce the much bigger festival I had intended in June,” writes TVBJF honcho Michael Gill. “The Oct. 16 Bash is the deluxe version of what we did in July.”
As mentioned last week, the October concert will be held at the Old City Courtyard behind Southbound Bar & Grill and adjacent to Barley’s Taproom on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Labron Lazenby and the LA3 will headline the show, with the above acts and more—including a big cast of local veterans and expatriates appearing as the Hard Knox All Stars—opening. Admission is $5 before $5 p.m., $7 after, and children 12 and under are free.