Friday, May 1
SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS
North Carolina surf-billy trio Southern Culture on the Skids, left, has ridden its kitschy groove for years now, and they keep getting around.
Stephen King called the most recent S.C.O.T.S. album, "Countrypolitan Favorites," one of his favorite releases of 2007. A few of the group's songs showed up in the HBO series "True Blood." On the band's official Web site, you can view pics from a recent tour of Spain.
The trio will entertain at 9 p.m. at The Square Room, 4 Market Square. Fellow Carolinian band Malamondos will open the show. Admission is $12 in advance, $14 at the door.
Saturday, May 2
The Children's Theatre of Knoxville will present the classic tale of friendship between a spider and a pig in a stage production of "Charlotte's Web" at 1 and 5 p.m. in the company's new theater space at 800 Tyson St., off of Central Street near Broadway.
The play runs through May 10. Admission is $9-$11. For information, call 865-599-5284 or visit www.childrenstheatreknoxville.com.
THE DEEP VIBRATION
Nashville rock 'n' roll band The Deep Vibration, left, will entertain at 10 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, 200 E. Jackson Ave. in the Old City. The group recently opened a show in Knoxville for The Dirty Guv'nahs. This time around, they'll share the stage with a band called Roman Candle.
Sunday, May 3
HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY, PETE SEEGER!
Jubilee Community Arts and The Highlander Center will take part in a worldwide celebration of Pete Seeger's 90th birthday at 3 p.m. at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave.
Titled "For Pete's Sake, Sing," the concert will feature local musicians influenced by the music and social activism the folk legend, including Sparky and Rhonda Rucker; Nancy Brennan sStrange; the trio of Dan Gammon, Steve Horton and George Reynolds; and Guy, Candie, and Evan Carawan.
Admission is $5.
Monday, May 4
The Johnson Swingtet, left, plays swingin' gypsy jazz at 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at The Crown and Goose, 123 S. Central St. in the Old City.
The group is, from left, Andy Bryenton on cello, Brandon "Eugene" Johnson on vocals and guitar and Kukuly Uriarte on guitar. Not pictured is Brandon Beavers, who plays stand-up bass and mandolin with the group.
Tuesday, May 5
KNOXVILLE WIND SYMPHONY
The Knoxville Wind Symphony will perform at 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St.
Selections will include "Emblems" by Aaron Copland, Symphony in B flat by Hindemith, and the Stravinsky Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments, with soloist Dr. Ryan Fogg.
The Roane County High School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Zack Williamson, will be special guests with a performance beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $15 general, and $10 for students. For information, call 865-656-4444, or visit www.knoxwind.org.
Wednesday, May 6
BLUE PLATE SPECIAL
Country-rock singer-songwriters John Francis and Willie Kelly will join jazz-Americana quartet The Boulder Acoustic Society for the WDVX Blue Plate Special noon-1 p.m. at the Knoxville Visitors Center, 301 S. Gay St.
Admission is free. The performance will be broadcast live on WDVX 89.9 and 102.9 FM and online at www.wdvx.com.
Thursday, May 7
LOCALS ONLY AT SUNDOWN IN THE CITY
Knoxville-based rock bands Royal Bangs, Same As It Ever Was and Tenderhooks will fill the bill for Sundown in the City 6-10 p.m. at Market Square.
Royal Bangs' latest CD is "We Breed Champions." Same As It Ever Was is one of the only Talking Heads tribute bands in the world. Tenderhooks recently released "New Ways to Butcher English."
Admission is free.
Friday, May 8
Get ready to go where everybody was before they started going where nobody has gone before!
That's right, the new movie "Star Trek" takes sci-fi fans back to the future to a time when Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock -- played by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, from left -- first met. The uber-prequel re-introduces the whole original-series crew: Uhuru, Scotty, Chekhov, Sulu, McCoy and even the enigmatic Captain Pike.
The film is rated PG-13.
Saturday, May 9
Americana chanteuse Iris DeMent will headline a concert at 8 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St.
The twangy-voiced musician is married to another musical powerhouse, singer-songwriter Greg Brown.
Also on the bill for the Bijou show is Knoxville's songwriting poet laureate R.B. Morris.
Admission is $25. For information, call 865-656-4444.
Sunday, May 10
CROWS & STATIC
Knoxville rock trio Fistful of Crows and Chicago electro-hip-hop duo Yea Big & Kid Static will entertain at 10 p.m. at Pilot Light, 106 E. Jackson Ave.