Two weeks ago, during a going-away party for a co-worker, Edye McComas, a longtime fixture of the downtown restaurant scene, fell from a second-floor balcony and suffered significant head injuries. She spent more than a week in the hospital, part of that in intensive care. McComas, well-known for both her years of early-morning baking at Tomato Head and her sometimes acerbic wit, has been released and is recovering, but she's accumulated a pile of medical bills.
McComas' friend Jonathan Nicolosi, a regular in the local music community, has arranged a gigantic benefit concert for McComas at World Grotto on Sunday, March 8, at 7 p.m., featuring a long list of notable Knoxville performers: Cruz Contreras, R.B. Morris and Hector Qirko, Erick Baker, Leah Gardner, Matt Morelock, Tom Pryor, Jamie Cook, Jeff Woods, Jonathan Sexton and the Big Love Community Choir, Christina Horn and Nate Barrett, Mike McGill, Jon Worley, and the Salome Cabaret burlesque troupe. Tickets are $10 at the door, and all proceeds will be donated to cover McComas' medical bills. Man-about-town Jack Rentfro will emcee the concert. There will also be a silent auction of donated books and art, including several Yee-Haw posters.
"When I lived on Market Square, Edye and I developed a good relationship," Nicolosi says. "Then last fall I got a job at Nama in Bearden. I hate walking into a new job. But who was there? Edye. She gave me instant credibility there."