Friday, June 12
Boston-based roots-music band Hokum's Heroes, left, will entertain at noon during the WDVX Blue Plate Special at the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St.; and at 7 p.m. at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend.
Saturday, June 13
Comedian Ralphie May will entertain at 6, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 9246 Park West Blvd.
May was a hit on the first season of "Last Comic Standing" and also filmed a concert at the Tennessee Theatre for Comedy Central.
Admission is $20-$29. For information, visit www.sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Sunday, June 14
Irish-hinted acoustic rock ensemble Cutthroat Shamrock will perform, along with The Devil Makes Three and The Swaggerin' Growlers, at 8 p.m. at the Cider House, 940 Blackstock Ave., next door to the Valarium.
Admission is $5-$7. For information, visit www.thevalarium.com.
Monday, June 15
MONDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: FOLK FIGHT REVISITED
Eric Nassau, T-Ak and Centralia Massacre will entertain at 10 p.m. at Pilot Light, 106 E. Jackson Ave. Admission is $5. For info, visit www.thepilotlight.com.
Tuesday, June 16
That rascally Americana troubadour Steve Earle, left, recently released the album "Townes," featuring songs written by his musical mentor, the late Townes Van Zandt.
Earle will play "Townes" tunes and more in a solo acoustic concert at 8 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. Admission is $30. For information, visit www.knoxbijou.com.
Wednesday, June 17
WHAT EXACTLY IS A 'SHPONGLE'?
Performing as Shpongle, musicians Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen) and Raja Ram explore eclectic musical frontiers with a mix of acoustic and electronic instruments.
The duo will present a "DJ set" at 10 p.m. at the Catalyst, 125 E. Jackson Ave. Admission is $15 in advance, $18 at the door. For info, visit www.clubcatalyst.com.
Singer-songwriter Grant Peeples lived on a Caribbean island for 10 years before returning to his native north Florida region. He didn't like what had been going on while he was gone, so he decided to write and sing about it. The result is his new CD "Pawnshop."
Peeples will perform songs from "Pawnshop" at 10 p.m. at the Preservation Pub, 28 Market Square.
Thursday, June 18
THE WAILERS AT SUNDOWN
Legendary reggae band The Wailers will perform the legendary reggae album "Exodus" during Sundown in the City, 6-10 p.m. at Market Square.
Asheville Afro-beat jam-band Toubab Krewe will open the show, and will also play afterward at The Square Room.
Sundown in the City admission is free. The Square Room show is $10.
Friday, June 19
Jack Black and Michael Cera play historical outcasts in the new comedy "Year One."
After leaving their village, the two become embroiled in ancient-culture politics in this comedy from writer-director Harold Ramis (co-star of "Stripes" and co-writer of "Ghostbusters").
The cast of the PG-13-rated comedy also includes David Cross, Oliver Platt, Olivia Wilde and Vinnie Jones.
Ryan Reynolds plays the assistant of a demanding publishing executive played by Sandra Bullock in the new romantic comedy "The Proposal," opening Friday, June 19, in area theaters. When Bullock's character is threatened with deportation back to Canada, she enlists her hapless aide to marry her to keep her Visa valid. The film is rated PG-13.
Saturday, June 20
Canadian Americana "punk bluegrass" outfit The Duhks will perform at 9 p.m. at The Square Room, 4 Market Square.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For info on the band, visit www.duhks.com.
Sunday, June 21
Memphis metal band Saliva will entertain at 8 p.m. at The Valarium, 940 Balckstock Ave.
Adelita's Way and The American Plague will open the show.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for ages 16 and older. Admission is $15 in advance, $18 at the door. For info, visit www.thevalarium.com.