Eye on the Scene: Butcher Shop

Butcher Shop

The Tenderhooks will wrap up a 10-day tour of the East Coast with a CD release show with Virginia band the Wading Girl at Pilot Light on Friday, Oct. 24. The Tenderhooks recorded New Ways to Butcher English, the follow-up to last year's Vidalia, in a pair of New York studios earlier this year and will have the 11-track album available at the show. Nathan Moses of the Bitter Pills will man the turntable before and after the show.

"The shows and goings-ons up here have been great so far," writes singer/guitarist Jake Winstrom in an e-mail from New York, where the tour kicked off last week.

Raise the Roof

The Sunsphere's Skybox Bar seems like an unlikely—and perhaps frighteningly small—place for a full-on runway fashion event, much less one that features performances by a half-dozen regional and national hip-hop artists. But that's what's scheduled to happen at the swank new cocktail bar above World's Fair Park on Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. with Hip-Hop Meets Couture, a fashion show/rap concert featuring Memphis rapper Tela, R&B singer Brandon Hines and rapper Malaki, both from Detroit, Kansas City gangsta combo Chain Gang Parolees, Chicago DJ Lee Farmer, and more.

It's the third annual Hip-Hop Meets Couture event, but the first in Knoxville. Promoter Theodore Palmer, the organizer of the show, moved part-time to Knoxville from New York this spring. A late-night after-party is set for Purada in West Knoxville following the show.

Never Say Never

John Paul Keith, the former boy genius singer/guitarist/songwriter for '90s Knoxville bands the V-Roys and The Nevers, has postponed a sort-of homecoming show scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1, at Pilot Light. Keith and his Memphis-based band, the One Four Fives (named after the classic blues chord progression), planned the show to coincide with the release of the band's debut album, but production delays have set the date back a month or so. Keith says he hopes to make it to Knoxville in January.

Art on the Move

Fine Arts Blount, a non-profit community arts organization in Maryville, will open its new space in downtown Maryville at the end of this month. The group will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new ArtSpace location at 106 Broadway Avenue on Friday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m. in conjunction with the city's monthly Last Friday gallery tour.

The two-stoy building will provide room for a main gallery, smaller upstairs galleries, classrooms, and private studios.