Southern Skies Music Festival, Waynestock and Another Semi-Music Related Bit

Dirty Guv’nahs, Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, September 2015

In the wake of the cancellation of Rhythm N’ Blooms, Dogwood Arts is producing a new festival featuring curation by The Dirty Guv’nahs. The new festival, promoted as the “inaugural” festival will be presented May 16 on the World’s Fair Park. Included in the one-day event will be “seven musical acts across two stages, food trucks, craft beer, wine, specialty cocktails, a Maker Market, and more.”

The musical lineup will feature The Dirty Guv’nahs, as well as other local and regional artists such as headliner Ben Rector, Elenowen, Sawyer, Electric Darling, Carly Bannister, and “one more surprise guest to be announced soon.” Tickets will be available starting this Friday, January 24 here. Prices start at $40 initially, but will increase to $45, then $50 the day of the show, with VIP tickets going for $125.

Dirty Guv’nahs, Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, September 2015

James Trimble, frontman for the band released the following:

“We’ve been dreaming up a festival event in our hometown of Knoxville for nearly a decade. This is the city that
gave us a shot and supported our rock & roll dreams. Fourteen years later, we’re still at it. We’re still writing new
songs and dreaming about how to bring people together for good through music. It is an absolute honor to work with Dogwood Arts as we officially launch Southern Skies Music Festival as an event that we intend to grow together for many years to come. We love their mission, creativity, and our shared authentic love for Knoxville. Can’t wait to see where this goes!”

The event will be produced in conjunction with Born & Raised Productions,who also brings you Sunset on Central. You can check out more details on their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you don’t wait that long for great home-grown music, you have a chance to catch some of Knoxville’s finest musicians on display at the tenth annual production of Waynestock: For the Love of Drew. Born out of the sad passing of Drew Bledsoe, Knoxville musician and son of locally beloved music critic Wayne Bledsoe, the music has grown into the annual coming together of the tribe that is Knoxville music, musicians and fans.

Not only is it a family gathering, of sorts, it is also the best annual showcase of Knoxville musicians, both those most established and those ready to become Knoxville staples. There is no way to chronicle here the great musical moments the first nine renditions provided, but suffice to say they are many. I’ve found new favorites there and fallen back in love with others I’d drifted away from.

Con Hunley with Mic Harrison and the High Score, Waynestock III, Relix Theater, Knoxville, February 2013

Some of my favorite performances of the past will be replicated. The very first Waynestock featured a performance that blew my mind when The Melungeons took the stage. They are back this year. Perhaps my favorite performance ever came from Con Hunley performing with Mic Harrison in 2013 and the two join forces again for this year’s show. Many other favorites are playing this year and the finale is something never to be missed.

The shows take place over three days at Relix in Happy Holler. Each evening of music from Thursday through Saturday (January 30 – Februrary 1) costs only $5. A full bar is offered inside, along with CDs and more from the artists. Relix has evolved over the years into a great space for music and events. Check it out. Details here.

Finally, this is music related (opera), but it isn’t about an upcoming show or production. Knoxville Opera is in a bind. They’ve lost their storage space for their props and scenery. They’ve occupied an 11,000 square foot donated space for years and it has been sold. They do not have funding to lease space, so they need someone with a currently unused building who would be willing to be their next “angel.” They need the help before the end of February.

If you or someone you know would like to donate a storage facility to Knoxville Opera, please contact Don Townsend (865-599-7961, or Brian Salesky (865-643-6600,

A New Barbershop Recently Opened in the Old City

Lox Barbershop, 103 West Jackson, Knoxville, January 2020

Lox Salon owner Brynn Gonzalez celebrated the thirteenth anniversary of her successful Old City business by opening a new part of the business: the Lox Barbershop. With demand growing at the salon, she wanted to offer male clients a personalized experience of their own. Long interested in leasing the space beneath her salon, she signed a lease and opened the barbershop downstairs at 103 West Jackson Avenue on September 13th this year.

“I love cutting hair. It’s my art. The relationship with clients and getting to know them is what I enjoy most.” She’s currently spending about half of her time downstairs in the barbershop and is enjoying stepping back to a chair for a larger share of her time. She says the space reminds her of the first Lox location and she enjoys that. “It feels like a man cave or a speakeasy,” she says, and that’s intentional.

Lox Barbershop, 103 West Jackson, Knoxville, January 2020

Lox Barbershop, 103 West Jackson, Knoxville, January 2020

A recent change in Tennessee law made opening the new business easier. Cosmetologists with at least five years of experience are allowed to get additional training and then test to get a certification as a barber. Brynn plans to hire a barber for other employees to train under as they pursue their certification. Like the salon upstairs, the products are ethically produced and vegan, and she “recycles everything.”

The business upstairs offers the gamut of cosmetology services: cut, color, hair and lash extensions, and nails. The clientele is a somewhat even mixture of genders, and Brynn feels male clients are often looking to get their hair cut, or other services, as quickly as possible, more so, relative to her female clients.

Lox Barbershop, 103 West Jackson, Knoxville, January 2020

Lox Barbershop, 103 West Jackson, Knoxville, January 2020

With that in mind, patrons of the barbershop can get an excellent cut, but get it quickly, and without the fringe services of a shampoo, for example, for a reduced rate. The other services are available to anyone who wants them. The focus on working a bit more quickly seems to be appreciated. She said Saturdays and evenings have been particularly busy.

Brynn is looking to hire two barbers and she’s planning to add more services for those who want them, such as facials for men. She’s also got a stock of adult beverages for customers to relax with while they wait. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are accepted. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. into the early evening.

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