This time of year, bands don't tour so much as just hop from festival to festival. Why play to a few hundred people in a dozen cities night after night when you can have an audience of thousands, or even tens of thousands, at one single show? It's a phenomenon that's trickling down to local venues and artists, too—the second successful edition of the Dogwood Arts Festival's Rhythm 'N Blooms Music Festival wrapped up last month; Sundown in the City's free downtown concert series continues this week with a performance by jam-band Umphrey's McGee and opener Zach Deputy; and Big Ears is still officially on for next spring after taking this year off, according to AC Entertainment. Now Redeeming Hope Ministries, a local non-profit organization that provides food and support to the poor, has announced the Knoxville Roots Festival, a day of Americana music from local and regional performers that will raise money to benefit the ministry. The festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 2-11 p.m. at World's Fair Park. The lineup so far includes local singer/songwriters Matt Woods and Ian Thomas, Knoxville honky-tonk combo the Drunk Uncles, and Athens, Ga., folkies Corduroy Road, with more to be announced. Tickets are $20 ($10 for college students).
Before that, some of Knoxville's best musicians will celebrate Bob Dylan's 70th birthday with the seventh Bob Dylan Birthday Bash, sponsored by award-winning Americana radio station WDVX. This installment will be held on Friday, June 3, from 5-10 p.m. The lineup includes Nashville cat Tim O'Brien, Robinella, Y'uns, Kelley Jolly, Michael Crawley and the MacDaddies, the LoneTones, the Dirty Dougs, the Black Cadillacs, and Big Wooly.