Four Leaf Peat Keeps the Traditional Irish Flame Alive

Happy St. Patrick’s Day (a day early) to everyone. For many of us it’s a chance to trot out tales of ancestors and bloodlines. It’s also an excuse for a bit more drunkenness than other days of the year, and lots of green everything. For local band Four Leaf Peat, it’s just who they are […]

Singer/Songwriter Open Mics Downtown

I think the reason I’ve avoided open mic nights for singer/songwriters is the same reason I’ve avoided comedy shows until recently: I hate to see someone bomb. It makes me uncomfortable to see someone else who is uncomfortable – particularly in front of a crowd. I, myself, once performed an original song at a fiddler’s […]

Outdoor Free Jazz Comes to an End for the Season

The Jazz on the Square series has to be one of the best things about downtown Knoxville every summer. Most Tuesday and Thursday nights Vance Thompson, Greg Tardy, Kenneth Brown, Keith Brown and Clint Mullican have kept us entertained since last June. The music is world class: Vance Thompson heads the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Greg […]