Elvis Is on the Patio
On Monday, May 5, the evening before his concert at the Tennessee Theatre, Elvis Costello was spotted on Market Square with members of his band the Imposters. A quick post on the Knox Blab message board apparently prompted a few fans to make their way to the Square.
"I bolted up there as soon as I read the news," says downtown resident (and Metro Pulse columnist) Michael Haynes. "I was coming onto the Square as they were leaving. I was about where Trio is. I smiled at him and he looked up and smiled real big right back. I said, ‘How do you do?' and he said, ‘Hello.' Then I tried to figure out how to hang out on the Square for a few minutes without seeming like I was stalking him, because I didn't have any reason to be up there except to see him.
"I'd say it was about like any other Monday night on the Square," Haynes continues. "There were people here and there, but nobody seemed to be following him or talking about him."
The first reports of Costello's presence had him sitting outside Koi with the band. The band was later reported to be seen enjoying ice cream at the newly opened Marble Slab on the Square while Costello shopped at bliss.
Costello had already endeared himself to much of Knoxville with his a cappella performance of the murder ballad "Knoxville Girl" at the Tennessee Theatre three years ago.
Accidents Will Happen
Jenna Jefferson, leader of Jenna and the Joneses, is now pulling double duty as frontwoman for the new band The Accidentals.
The jam-band-influenced blues of the Joneses is still alive, with the group performing a free show at The Shed in Maryville on Saturday, May 10, with Soulfinger and hosting the weekly Bike Nite Blues Jam at Coyote Joe's on Clinton Highway on Thursday nights. (The Joneses have been named Best Blues Band in the Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville readers' poll multiple times.)
The Accidentals, featuring Jefferson, guitarist Sevan Takvoryan, bassist Dave Slack, and legendary jazz pianist Donald Brown's sons Kenneth Brown on drums and Keith Brown on keyboards, take a smoother approach, with an R&B- and funk-infused take on traditional blues.
The Accidentals are scheduled to play Sassy Ann's on Saturday, May 17.
In the Clutch
Clutch's scheduled performance at The Valarium on Wednesday, May 30, with Kamchatka and Lionize, was postponed at the last minute due to an injury to guitarist/vocalist Neil Fallon's voice. The Maryland hard-rock band, known for its deep grooves and catholic incorporation of funk and blues, also postponed several shows surrounding the Knoxville concert.
Refund requests were due within a week of the cancellation. Valarium rep Amy Dunn says the club plans to reschedule the show, but no date has been set yet.