The Black Lillies

Photo by Jack Parker

The Black Lillies

— Friday, Oct. 2


Veteran R&B crooner Al B. Sure will entertain at 9 p.m. at The Broker, 3434 Martin Luther King Ave.

Sure will present tunes from his new album, "Honey, I'm Home," and classic hits such as "Nite and Day," "Misunderstanding" and "If I'm Not Your Lover."

Admission is $25. For information, call 865-329-9442.

Saturday, Oct. 3


The Black Lillies, Knoxville's Americana supergroup, will launch a six-week tour with a post-UT game show at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, 200 E. Jackson Ave.

The band is, from left, bassist Taylor Coker, pedal-steel guitarist Tom Pryor, singer-guitarist Leah Gardner, multi-instrumentalist Cruz Contreras and drummer Jamie Cook.

Sunday, Oct. 4


The Karma Thieves will present a live three-hour performance of Jack Kerouac's "Mexico City Blues" at 7 p.m. at Pilot Light, 106 E. Jackson Ave.

This will be a mix of spoken-word and music using Kerouac's book-length poem as the text. The Karma Thieves are readers Greg Congleton, Kari Hoffman, Eric Sublett, Jack Rentfro, R.B. Morris, Jim Conn and others; and musicians "Smokin' " Dave Nichols, Greg Horne, Dirk Weddington, Vince Ilagan and Nate Barrett.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5.

Monday, Oct. 5


Brooklyn indie-folk duo Paleface and Knoxville acoustic rock band Genuine Nothing will entertain during 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 via

Tuesday, Oct. 6


San Francisco rock band Third Eye Blind will entertain at 8 p.m. at The Valarium, 940 Blackstock Ave.

The group, led by Stephan Jenkins, recently released "Ursa Major," its first studio album in five years.

Admission is $25 in advance, $27 at the door for ages 21 and older; $28 and $30 for ages 18-20. For information, call 865-656-4444 or visit

Singer-songwriter Scott McMahan

Singer-songwriter Scott McMahan

Wednesday, Oct. 7


The first edition of Sound Off, a battle-of-thebands series of concerts, will feature Scott McMahan, left, Kevin Hyfantis and the Bishops Band, The Black Cadillacs, The Butcher Brothers and The Basement Lights at 6 p.m. at The Square Room, 4 Market Square.

The winning group or performer of the series will receive studio time, a produced EP, custom merchandise, up to $500 in gear, and an EP release concert. Admission is $3. For information, call 865-544-4199 or visit



Thursday, Oct. 8


Hot on the heels of the release of his new album "Cossa Frenzy," DJ and mix artist Bassnectar (a.k.a. Lorin Ashton, left) will entertain at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at The Valarium, 940 Blackstock Ave. Bassnectar's Web site explains that he mixes "sound and force with weight while spanning the spectrum of sonic style." His press agent also mentioned that they are using a custom-built mega-cool light and sound system. "It will be massive," they say. Admission is $18 in advance, $20 at the door.


Rock band Relient K takes its name from a classic Plymouth once owned by guitarist Matt Hoopes. Since recording its first demo in 1998, the band has released five albums, five EPs and a Christmas collection.

Relent K will headline a concert with Copeland and Barcelona at 8 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St.

Admission is $19.50 in advance, $21.50 at the door. For info, call 865-656-4444 of visit

Faizon Love and Kali Hawk in 'Couples Retreat.'

Faizon Love and Kali Hawk in "Couples Retreat."

Friday, Oct. 9


A couple talks three other couples into pitching in for a massively discounted tropical-paradise vacation in the new film comedy "Couples Retreat."

What the other couples don't realize - until it's too late - is that the travel package is actually a couples-therapy program and that participation is mandatory.

Faizon Love and Kali Hawk, left, play one of the couples caught in therapy. The cast of the PG-13 rated movie also includes Vince Vaughn, Kristen Bell, Kristen Davis, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman and Jean Reno.

Saturday, Oct. 10


Electronica DJ Kid Koala and drum-bass-keyboard breakbeat band Telepath will entertain at 9 p.m. at The Catalyst, 125 E. Jackosn Ave.

Admission is $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For info, visit

Sunday, Oct. 11


The Carolina Chocolate Drops will perform at 8 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St.

This trio of African-American stringband musicians celebrates the rich tradition of fiddle and banjo music of North and South Carolinas' Piedmont region.

Admission is $18. For info, call 865-656-4444 of visit

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