Shine on, You Crazy Diamond
Fresh off the sell-out success of the first installment of the Tennessee Shines live radio broadcast from the Bijou Theatre on Aug. 27, WDVX and AC Entertainment have announced the lineup for this month's concert.
The Sept. 24 concert will feature dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas and his band; the Baton Rouge, La.-based Cajun, Western swing, and ragtime band the Red Stick Ramblers; North Carolina bluegrass group the Biscuit Burners; and Austin, Texas, alt-country act the Belleville Outfit.
The initial broadcast of Tennessee Shines, an extension of WDVX's weekday Blue Plate Specials and old Knoxville traditions like the Mid-day Merry-Go-Round on WNOX, drew a crowd of 750 roots music fans, who responded to both Nashville songwriter Jim Lauderdale's enthusiastic and knowledgeable emcee performance and short sets by the SteelDrivers, Shawn Camp, local band the everybodyfields, and Darrell Scott, as well as the show's old-fashioned touches, like a flashing "Applause" sign above the stage.
Train Rolls On
The local rockers in Llama Train have called it quits following the departure of singer/guitarist/bassist Dave Epley, who's moved to Pittsburgh for graduate school. The band's performance at the Bijou with the Dirty Guv'nahs, Brendon James Wright and the Wrongs, and Boozehound Gandy Dance on Aug. 22 for the University of Tennessee's Discover Downtown program was its last.
Llama Train released its second full-length CD, Out of Season, in April. Drummer Matt Honkonen will continue his percussion duties with the Tenderhooks.
Make Me Feel All Right
Proceeds from this weekend's screenings of A Hard Day's Night, Richard Lester's classic 1964 rock film about the Beatles, at the Tennessee Theatre will be donated to the Haiti Outreach Program, a local non-profit affiliated with Partners in Health and Sacred Heart Cathedral that has provided medical relief to Haiti since 1999. All of the money raised through ticket sales and concessions will go toward a nutritional clinic in Boucan-Carré, a small town in central Haiti north of Port-au-Prince.
A Hard Day's Night will be shown on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.