Local Musicians Team Up to Help Local Cyclist

A benefit show for local cyclist Steve Hancock, who was seriously injured this spring in a bike accident, is in the works for this weekend.

"Steve was hit (and almost killed) in May by an uninsured driver and this event will entirely go towards helping the family, since his hospital/rehab bills are now mountainous and he is far from able to work (he still can't walk, has difficulty with many regular tasks, and has massive waves of pain from his legs/spine injuries)," writes Senryu frontman/event organizer/Metro Pulse contributor Wil Wright in an e-mail about the event. "That family rules and has been totally decimated by this awful accident."

The show, billed as Rock 'n' Roll Velodrome, will be held at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria in the Old City on Saturday, Sept. 17, and will feature live music inside and outside all day long. The outside performances, which are all-ages, start at 3 p.m. with Will Fist, followed by Econopop, Greg Horne, and Katie and the Bass Drums. Inside, music starts at 8 p.m. with Stolen Sheep, followed by the Tim Lee 3, Three Man Band, Senryu, and Fine Peduncle. Admission is $10 (or more, if you feel generous). The Jeff Roth Foundation, a Blount County nonprofit organization founded to help cyclists who have been injured by cars, will provide information about the state's three-foot law, passed in 2007 to protect cyclists.

A pre-show bike ride starts at Meade's Quarry in South Knoxville, near Ijams Nature Center, at 9 a.m.