Tennessee Shines with the blues

Pinetop Perkins

Photo by Joe Correia

Pinetop Perkins

Mem Shannon

Mem Shannon

Friday, Feb. 20


If you weren't able to get to New Orleans for this year's Carnival festivities, N.O. blues and funk guitarist Mem Shannon, left, and his band The Membership will entertain during the Alive After Five "Fat Friday Mardi Gras Special" 5:30-8 p.m. today at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Drive. Admission is $10 in general, $6 for students and museum members.


The fourth annual Western Jamboree: Cowboys & Indians will feature a concerts by Roy Rogers Jr. & The High Riders, Native Spirit and the Tennessee Shindiggers at 7 p.m. today and Saturday, Feb. 21, at Tennessee Shindig, located at Traffic Light 2 in Pigeon Forge. Admission is $4.95-$31.95. For info, visit www.tnshindig.com.

The concerts are in conjunction with the Pigeon Forge Saddle Up! celebration. Saddle Up! events include a Chuckwagon Cook-off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Clabough's Campground, 405 Wears Valley Road; and "Cowboy Church" at 10 a.m. Sunday at Stages West Western Wear, 2756 Parkway, Pigeon Forge. For info, visit MyPigeonForge.com/saddleup.

'Artemis' from Go! Contemporary Dance Works

'Artemis' from Go! Contemporary Dance Works

Saturday, Feb. 21


Knoxville dance group Go! Contemporary Danceworks will present a show of modern dance, ballet and athletic acrobatics at 7:30 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St.

The two- act program tells a mythological tale choreographed by Lisa hall McKee.

Go! will also perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. Admission is $22 in advance, $25 at the door for adults, $17-$19 for students and seniors. For information, call 865-684-1200 or visit www.knoxbijou.com.

Ben Folds

Ben Folds

Sunday, Feb. 22


Pop-rock-singer-songwriter and piano-banger Ben Folds will entertain at 9 p.m. at The Valarium, 1213 Western Ave.

The former leader of the Ben Folds Five recently released the album "Way To Normal" and over the years has aided and abetted musical projects such as the "Over the Hedges" soundtrack and William Shatner's 2004 solo album "Has Been."

Admission is $30 in advance, $35 at the door. For information, visit www.thevalarium.com.


The Wild Thyme Players will present Sophocles' tragic play "Antigone" at 3 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. The play tells the story of politicians that don't listen to their constituents. Admission is $5-$10. For information, visit www.lovemywillie.org.

Monday, Feb. 23


Andy Friedman & The Other Failures will entertain with folk, country and rockabilly tunes noon-1 p.m. during the Blue Plate Special at the Knoxville Visitors Center, 301 S. Gay St. Admission is free. The performance will also be broadcast live on WDVX 89.9 and 102.9 FM and online at www.wdvx.com.

Danielle Stech Homsy of semi-ambient folk-electronica band Rio En Medio.

Danielle Stech Homsy of semi-ambient folk-electronica band Rio En Medio.

Tuesday, Feb. 24


Rio En Medio is a semi-ambient folk-electronica band led by Danielle Stech Homsy, left. The group consists of Homsy and a revolving entourage of musical pals holding forth with layered vocals, ukulele, samples and other sounds.

Some incarnation of Rio En Medio will open a concert for folk-activist duo Brightblack Morninglight at 10 p.m. at Pilot Light, 106 E. Jackson Ave. Admission is $10. For information, visit www.thepilotlight.com.

Pinetop Perkins

Photo by Joe Correia

Pinetop Perkins

Wednesday, Feb. 25


Mississippi blues legend Pinetop Perkins will headline the February Tennessee Shines concert and broadcast at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 802 S. Gay St.

Broadcast live on WDVX 89.9 and 102.9 FM and online at www.wdvx.com, the show will also feature bluegrass duo the Gibson Brothers and singer-songwriters Megan McCormick and Erick Baker.

Admission is $10.

Thursday, Feb. 26


Americana singer-songwriter Jay Clark and multi-instrumentalist Cruz Contreras will entertain at 9 p.m. at The Square Room, 4 Market Square.

It's sure to be a fine evening of acoustic picking and songs from Clark's recent CD "I'm Confused."

Admission is $7.

Friday, Feb. 27


The Disney Channel's favorite teen idols will hit the big screen in "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience." The sibling singers, below with their full band, will show off their talents in concert from their "Burning Up Tour" and in behind-the-scenes documentary footage.

The band is, from left, Kevin Jonas, John Taylor, Nick Jonas, Greg Garbowsky, Joe Jonas and Ryan Liestman. The film is rated G.

Saturday, Feb. 28


Curious families, youth groups, classes and other patrons can investigate clues and look for a solution in the interactive exhibit "Crime Lab Detectives," on display through May 3 at the American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

For information, call 865-576-3200 or visit www.amse.org.

Indie-pop-rock duo Matt and Kim

Indie-pop-rock duo Matt and Kim

Sunday, March 1


Brooklyn-based indie-pop duo Matt and Kim, left, will entertain with songs from their latest album "Grand" at 10 p.m. at The Catalyst, 125 E. Jackson Ave.

The two musicians bang away at keyboard and drums with energy, exuberance and ear-to-ear grins.

Admission is $8. For information and song samples, visit www.myspace.com/mattandkim.

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