The Bijou Jubilee, an annual celebration of Downtown's Bijou Theatre, kicks off on Saturday, June 26, at 8 p.m. with a concert by Grammy winner Emmylou Harris, which will serve as a fund-raiser for the historic venue. On Sunday, in an effort to encourage an open dialogue with Knoxville's music community, the theater will host several workshops with some of the community's most active members, including R.B. Morris, Todd Steed, Jill Andrews, Scott Miller and WDVX program director Tony Lawson.
Lawson, who will be sharing his experiences in the music business, alongside Steed and Andrews, says that his main goal is to encourage up-and-coming musicians to be persistent. "The higher guns in the music world aren't passive," he says, "I just want to encourage Knoxville musicians to keep calling, e-mailing, and trying everything possible to get heard. There is so much there right now and to get people's attention, you just can't be passive."
Besides the music industry workshop, other sessions include a tour of the theater; a "Jazz 101" course led by Steed; a "creative process" workshop instructed by Andrews, Morris, and Miller; and an intimate performance from Miller, Andrews, Steed, and Morris. Tickets for the entire day's events are $25 and include a membership to Friends of the Bijou, but individual tickets to each workshop are available as well.