Eye on the Scene: Roots Rock Reggae

Roots Rock Reggae

The Natti Love Joys, East Tennessee's pre-eminent reggae group, will host the second Camp Reggae of the year on Labor Day weekend at a 1,500-acre private retreat owned by the band's principles, Marla and Jati Allen, near Isabella, Tenn.

The festival, scheduled for Friday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Aug. 31, will feature performances by the Love Joys, Charlotte, N.C., band Satta Tribe, Florida dub act Scholars Word, and half-a-dozen more regional acts, as well as camping, food, and an informal soccer tournament. Tickets are $15 for children, $60 for students, and $70 for adults and are available at campreggae.net.

The Allens, whose pedigrees include both the Kingston, Jamaica, and London reggae scenes of the 1970s and early '80s, will also be the subject of the upcoming book Non-Returning Status by Knoxville artist and filmmaker George Washington Rogers IV. (Matthew Everett)

Shout at the Devil

The American Plague is looking for votes in Guitar Center's On Stage contest, which is selecting an opening band for Mötley Crüe's 2009 U.S. tour. Online voting for the contest runs through Sept. 28 at makerockhistory.com; after that, the top bands will perform for regional judges. The top six will fly to Los Angeles for a final round.

The winning group gets an opening slot on next year's Mötley Crüe tour, as well as $25,000, $20,000 worth of gear from Gibson, and a management and recording contract.

After a decade of feuding, poor record sales, and legal and financial entanglements, the Crüe has again become a top-selling touring act since its 2004 reunion. The band's current tour, in support of the new album Saints of Los Angeles, continues through the end of August. (M.E.)

Down Home Politics

Last week we reported on Tri-Cities rocker Rob Russell, who won the Democratic primary for the First District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month and faces former Johnson City mayor Phil Roe in the general election. Russell has announced his retirement from rock. His last show with his band, the Sore Losers, was initially scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Down Home in Johnson City. It's been moved up a week and will be held this Saturday, Aug. 23. (John Sewell)