The lineup for a third night of WayneStock, a benefit festival for Knoxville News Sentinel entertainment writer Wayne Bledsoe scheduled for Relix Variety Theatre in Happy Holler on North Central Street, has just been announced, and it makes the festival one of the most star-studded local events held in recent memory.
The festival will start on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. with a songwriters-in-the-round session featuring Sean McCollough of the LoneTones, ex-Tenderhooks singer Jake Winstrom, Greg Horne, and Steph Gunnoe. That will be followed at 9 p.m. by a set from the old-time string band the Bearded and a headlining performance by chamber-pop trio Hudson K at 10 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
WayneStock has been organized by several local music scene veterans, including Steve Wildsmith of Maryville's Daily Times, to raise money for Bledsoe, whose 23-year-old son Andrew died in December.
After Thursday's opening night, the festival continues on Friday, Jan. 28, with Quartjar (featuring Bledsoe's News Sentinel entertainment-section colleague Randall Brown), Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere, the Kevin Abernathy Band, Mic Harrison and the High Score, the Melungeons, and the Drunk Uncles. WayneStock concludes on Saturday, Jan. 29, with Katie and the Bass Drums, the Westside Daredevils, the Tim Lee 3, R.B. Morris, Senryu, and Psychotic Behavior, a band with some members of Whitchapel, which Andrew Bledsoe played in a few years ago. Music starts at 7 p.m. each night. Admission on Friday and Saturday is $5.