Saturday Sounds: Knoxville Jazz Orchestra with Regina Carter

I recently attended the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra‘s concert with Regina Carter. The shows in the Square Room are part of a premium package offered as an addition to the Jazz Orchestra’s regular concert series in the Bijou. Both are great. There really isn’t a better place to hear live music than the Bijou. On the […]

A Small Window into Big Ears

I’ve studied my schedule for Big Ears and begun the process of acquainting myself with the artists. There are familiar faces and sounds: Kronos Quartet serves as the glue for this year’s festival, collaborating with numerous artists through the festival. I’m somewhat familiar with Max Richter and Bill Frisell, as well as Laurie Anderson. Of […]

Start-ups, Rock and Roll and Demo Day: The State of the KEC

When mutual friend, and all around good guy, Rusty Odom, introduced me to Jonathan Sexton, I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew a little about his music, most recently photographing him at Blankfest playing with his latest band “Feed the Birds.” He wanted to meet for a cup of coffee and that’s pretty much […]

“Princess Cut” Forces a Painful Conversation

Our culture’s willingness to talk about anything no matter how personal at anytime seems to expand with every Cialis commercial. It’s as if any topic is an acceptable topic no matter where or in what company it is introduced. Child sexual abuse has been a bit slower to enter the national conversation – unless the […]

The Truth About “Fiction”

I couldn’t let the latest Yellow Rose production, “Fiction,” go by without some comment. Staged in the Square Room, it was the second effort from this new company which I profiled here a few weeks ago. The Square Room is doing some very good things and hosting this company is one of them. Kenny Woodhull […]