Wayne Bledsoe has been writing about the Knoxville music scene at the News Sentinel almost as long as there's been something called "the Knoxville music scene." And in the wake of his 23-year-old son Andrew's death last month, that scene is stepping up with a very personal show of support.
"To help with the expenses and to assist Wayne and his remaining two children, Rylan and Lauren, many area musicians wanted to do something," writes one of the organizers, Steve Wildsmith, entertainment editor at the Maryville Daily Times. "So here it is—‘WayneStock: For the Love of Drew,'" a multi-night, multi-band festival. Running during the last weekend of January at Relix Variety Theatre in Happy Holler, WayneStock will feature an all-star lineup of local musicians, from Senryu to R.B. Morris. Andrew Bledsoe was a musician himself in the group Psychotic Behavior, which will be regrouping for the first time since breaking up several years ago. (Members of the band went on to form the nationally renowned Blount County death-metal band Whitechapel.)
The benefit festival starts on Friday, Jan. 28, with Quartjar, Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere, the Kevin Abernathy Band, Mic Harrison and the High Score, Senryu, and the Drunk Uncles, and continues on Saturday, Jan. 29, with Katie and the Bass Drums, the Westside Daredevils, the Tim Lee 3, Morris, the Melungeons, and Psychotic Behavior.
Music starts at 7 p.m. each night, and admission is $5. Several of the participating artists will appear on the The Funhouse on WUTK 90.3 FM on Friday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. and at the WDVX Blue Plate Special at noon on Friday, Jan. 28. A pre-party is in the works for Relix on Thursday, Jan. 27.
For more info, visit waynestock.org.