Time for Sundown in Knoxville

The lineup for this year's Sundown in the City, announced earlier this week, is a familiar one. Several of the scheduled performers have played the Sundown stage previously, for one thing. Better, though, is the welcome return of local acts to most of the opening slots, as well as a locals-only night with Royal Bangs, Tenderhooks, and Talking Heads cover band Same As It Ever Was. This year's schedule starts in two weeks; it includes 1990s positive hip-hoppers Arrested Development (April 9); New Orleans jam band Cowboy Mouth with openers Phil Pollard and His Band of Humans (April 16); former Lenny Kravitz sideman Karl Denson's Tiny Universe with Brent Thompson and His Wandering Circus (April 23); early '90s college rock favorites Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Joan Jones (April 30); Royal Bangs, Tenderhooks, and Same As It Ever Was (May 7); former Bush frontman and Mr. Gwen Stefani Gavin Rossdale with Morristown alt-rockers Vertigo (May 14); Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma with the Belleville Outfit, both from Austin, Texas (May 21); singer/songwriter Dave Barnes with Jonathan Sexton and the Big Love Community Choir (May 28); outlaw country offspring Shooter Jennings with 1220 (June 4); Vermont roots rockers Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (June 11); Bob Marley's backing band, The Wailers, with Toubab Krewe (June 18); and rising Nashville star Jamey Johnson with Brendan James Wright and The Wrongs (June 25). All Sundown shows are Thursdays at 6 p.m. on Market Square and are all-ages.