April will see a bunch of notable benefit concerts, starting this weekend with a fund-raiser for a local girl with Hodgkin's lymphoma and running through the well-established Wolfe Jam, which will raise money for the Joy of Music School.
First up is the benefit for 13-year-old Kaitlyn Green, featuring local bands Tree Tops, Crumbsnatchers, and Tame the Hurricane, set for Thursday, April 4, at Pilot Light. Admission is $5.
"The idea came about when Sacha Keenan, a friend of the Greene family, reached out to me and asked if there was anything that could be done to help raise some money for the family to pay for medical expenses," writes Tree Tops guitarist Cory Smith in an e-mail. "Being a musician, my first thought was to throw a show. ... The venue's management and the bands were all very enthusiastic about helping Kaitlyn and her family. The hope, besides financial assistance, is to come together, generate some positivity, and radiate that positivity to Kaitlyn and her family to hopefully make this battle a little bit easier.
"Life is hard enough for a 13-year-old: making friends, developing a personality, deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life, dealing with parents, etc. Kaitlyn has to deal with all of these things plus the fact that she is battling a life threatening disease. She has a great personality and has remained in good spirits through the whole process."
Then, on Friday, April 5 at Hanna's Old City, the Scarecrow Foundation will be fusing hip-hop, basketball, and art for its latest fund-raiser, Hip Hop for Hunger. Performers include Organized Grime, PyInfamous, Lane Shuler, and Groove Section. The foundation supports local charities that help feed the underprivileged or homeless. Tickets are $10-$15; more info at hiphopforhunger.com.
Another homeless-aid organization is Redeeming Hope Ministries, based in Fort Sanders, which is teaming up with WUTK's Hubert Smith Radio Show and GLW Enterprise for Soul on the Square, Thursday, April 11 at Latitude 35. Performers include the Junei Lee Experience, Lee Willis, Kelle Jolly, and Augusta Anderson. Advance ticket sales only ($60-$100); dinner is included. For more info, call 865-414-8557 or 865-253-7317.
And, on Friday, April 12, a group of local performers will host Beaumont Rocks!, a benefit show for Beaumont Elementary Magnet School, at Relix Variety Theatre on North Central Street. The show, which will raise money specifically for Beaumont's arts programs, will feature music by the Pinklets, George Reynolds, Kevin Abernathy, the Lonetones, Mac Comer, and John Puckett, and an appearance by the local circus troupe One World Circus. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the suggested admission donation is $5, but you're free to give more.
Finally, the sixth annual Wolfe Jam will be held at the Well in Bearden on Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m. with the Bearded, the Mac Daddies, Jenna and Her Cool Friends, Jodie Manross and Laith Keilany, and Northshore. The show is held in memory of Rick Wolfe, a long-time Knoxville musician, producer, soundman, music instructor, and all-around music guy who died in 2007. Admission is $7, but there will also be a silent auction and on-site donations. Proceeds will be split between the Joy of Music School, which provides free music lessons to children who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford them, and an unnamed local musician.