Square Room Prepares Scruffy Concert Series

One of the Knoxville's favorite performers is coming back home, at least once a month, to front a monthly concert and interview series with everyone's favorite local columnist.

Singer/songwriter Scott Miller, who transplanted to Virginia some time back, will host Scruffy City Roots at the Square Room on Market Square beginning Thursday, March 22, along with Metro Pulse's own Jack Neely.

According to executive producer Lisa Cyr, each show will feature one local act, plus several additional national and regional artists, some of whom may have local ties. Neely will provide interviews with bands between sets; Miller will emcee.

Cyr says the shows will last between two and two-and-a-half hours, and will be staged before a live audience. Scruffy City Roots will be broadcast, she says, though the medium—radio, Internet, TV—has yet to be decided.

The March 22 show will feature five artists; details should be available next week.

As for Miller's return, Cyr says, "We were looking for someone who embodies the Knoxville music scene. He was the first one called. We think he's a really good fit."

One of the partners in Scruffy City Roots is Music City Roots out of Nashville, an outfit that produces a similar, highly successful concert series there.