Legislation to ban mountaintop-removal coal mining may have faltered in the Tennessee Legislature this year, but you can still fight against the process at the Appalachian Mountain Protection Music Fest in the Old City later this month. All proceeds from the festival—which will be held at Southbound Bar & Grill, the adjacent 90 Proof nightclub, and the Old City Courtyard behind the Southbound building on May 14-15—will be donated to the United Mountain Defense Fund, a Knoxville-based nonprofit organization that campaigns against mountaintop removal.
The schedule for AMP Music Fest so far includes Americana band Holy Ghost Tent Revival and teenage Southern rockers BlackJack, both from North Carolina, and Johnson City DJ Truly Grimy, as well as several local acts—folk/bluegrass band Big Country's Empty Bottle, Black Atticus, Mac Comer, and Skytown Riot. More performers are expected to be announced soon. Tickets will be available at the gate; there's a $5 minimum donation.