Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Bernard Allison

Bernard Allison

Friday, June 5


The Bernard Allison Blues Band will entertain at 9 p.m. at the Chrome Pony Saloon, 2909 Alcoa Highway.

Allison, below, is the son of blues legend Luther Allison, and carries on the guitar-playing family tradition with style. He joined Koko Taylor's band right after high school and he's been wailing professionally ever since.

Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For information, call 865-577-3484.

Saturday, June 6


The Alexia belly dancers present Egyptian Nights 2009: A Tribute to Yousry Sharif at 8 p.m. at the Pellissippi Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Featured dancers will include Virginia of Miami, Samara of New York and the Alexandria Dancers.

Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $12 for students. For information, call 865-977-6761.

Sunday, June 7


That's right, you don't want to do anything too strenuous today. Thee are several riverboat cruises available today, including the NavCal River Sightseeing Cruise (call 865-765-3407) and the Tennessee Riverboat Cruise (call 865-525-7827), both boarding at 300 Neyland Drive; Volunteer Princess Yacht Cruises, 956 Volunteer Marina Landing (call 865-541-4556); and Watts Bar Belle Cruises, 4566 City Park Drive, Lenoir City (call 865-988-5858).

Monday, June 8


Instead of letting the Monday blues get you down, get out and live dangerously with some dangerous music. John Barrett's Bass Drum of Death will perform at 10 p.m. at the Pilot Light, 106 E. Jackson Ave. On music samples from the act's MySpace page ( don't always feature a bass drum prominently. Perhaps it's a silent killer. Admission is $5.

Tuesday, June 9


The plan is to get your rear end out of the house so you'll forget you're only two days into the work week. In honor of that, check out Kit Rodgers and the Plan at 10 p.m. at the Preservation Pub (28 Market Square). Admission is only $3.

Wednesday, June 10


You've probably lamented that acoustic band Nickel Creek is on hiatus. However, here's a chance to take a dip in two of the members' new projects. The Fiction Family features Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins and Jon Foreman of Switchfoot. Sean's sister Sara Watkins (fiddler/vocalist with Nickel Creek), recently recorded a solo album. Both Sara Watkins and the Fiction Family will perform at 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at the Square Room. Tickets are $16 and $18. Call 865-544-4199.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Thursday, June 11


Even if the band wasn't good, Sundown in the City is a guaranteed good time. However, roots rockers Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will probably make the event extra special. The event begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free.




Squeezed in between the jam-funk-rock-a-fire-explosion schedule of the Phish concert and Bonnaroo, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, left, will entertain at 10 p.m., Thursday, June 11, at the Catalyst, 125 E. Jackson Ave. Admission is $10 for this Bonnaroo-prep groove-fest dance party. For information, visit

John Travolta in 'The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3'

John Travolta in "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3"

Friday, June 12

'PELHAM 1 2 3'

If taking a New York subway wasn't scary enough (alright, it's not all that scary anymore), this remake of a 1974 film about the hijacking of a New York subway car should make you think maybe that cab ride wasn't so expensive after all. The film features John Travolta and Denzel Washington and is directed by Tony Scott ("True Romance," "Man On Fire").

Saturday, June 13


The harmonica has long been an under-appreciated instrument. Maybe that's because there are so many bad harmonica players out there. To truly gain an appreciation for the misunderstood blues harp check out the show by former East Tennesseean Wallace Coleman, who spent several years backing up Robert Junior Lockwood before going out on his own. Coleman will perform at 6 p.m. at the Grove Theatre, 123 Randolph St., Oak Ridge. Tickets are $12 and $15. Local great Henry Perry will also perform. For more information call 865-254-1346.

Sunday, June 14


Jimmy and Dee Haslam will open their home for Art in the Garden, a benefit for the charitable organization Random Acts of Flowers, from 3 to 6 p.m. The Haslams live at 5020 Lyons View Pike and admission is $5 per person. Features of the event include an address by Bill Williams, various art works from up-and-coming artists and a "live art creation of a one-of-a-kind garden sculpture." For more information call 865-633-9082.

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