Knox Musicians Come Together for the Late Phil Pollard

It’s good news that members of Knoxville’s music community can organize a three-day benefit for one of their own as quickly as Waynestock 2 has come together. It’s just too bad that they have to.

The original Waynestock, held at Relix Variety Theatre last January, was a benefit for News Sentinel music writer Wayne Bledsoe after the death of his son Andrew. The just-announced Waynestock 2, scheduled again for Relix on Feb. 2-4, will raise money for the family of Knoxville expat Phil Pollard, who died unexpectedly in Richmond, Va., in October.

Performers for Waynestock 2: For the Love of Phil, many of whom played at the Bledsoe benefit, include Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle; Greg Horne; Kevin Abernathy; Jay Clark; Jack Rentfro and the Apocalypso Quartet; Ian Thomas; Christabel and the Jons; Sara Schwabe and Her Yankee Jass Band; the LoneTones; Tim Lee 3; R.B. Morris; King Super and the Excellents; Magic Hu$tle; the French (featuring Pollard’s brother-in-law Brett Winston); the Theorizt; Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere; and Senryu. The weekend concludes on Saturday night with an all-star tribute featuring members of Pollard’s various bands and other people he performed with during his Knoxville days.

Jack Neely described Pollard after his death as “a phenomenon difficult to compare to anything else in Knoxville’s diverse musical history.” He was best known here as the leader of the inimitable Band of Humans, an eight- or nine-piece jazz/funk/art-rock group that mixed absurdist humor, impeccable musicianship, and boundless curiosity. No one could deserve this tribute more.

Admission to each night of Waynestock 2 is $5; all proceeds will be donated to an education fund for Pollard’s three daughters. Music starts at 7 p.m. each night. Visit for a complete schedule and more announcements.

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