KNOXVILLE — LAST WEEKEND FOR 'DRUM!'
This weekend marks the last few days to experience "Drum!," Dollywood's Festival of Nations headline act. The percussion extravaganza comes to a close on April 26. The group, left, draws a drumline, if you will, through African, Canadian, Native American, French-Cajun and Celtic cultures. For info, call 865-428-9488 or visit www.dollywood.com.
DOGWOOD ARTS FESTIVAL PARADE
The 50th annual Dogwood Arts Festival Parade will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 23, on Gay Street. The parade will feature various local luminaries, bands, floats, clowns, horses and other sights and sounds. For information, visit www.dogwoodarts.com.
ROSSINI FESTIVAL AND ITALIAN STREET FAIR
The Rossini Festival's annual Italian Street Fair will be noon-9 p.m. Saturday, April 24, on Gay Street and Market Square. Festivities will include live music, artists at work, fine foods, children's activities and more. The UT Opera Company will present Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" and Paulus' "The Village Singer" at the Bijou Theatre at 2 and 8 p.m. during the fair. Knoxville opera will perform "The Barber of Seville" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 23, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25. For info, visit www.knoxvilleopera.com.
MUSIC AND MORE AT EARTH DAY IN OAK RIDGE
The Earth Day 2010 festival will feature local musical acts The Lonetones, left, along with Thenderfin, Christabel & The Jons and Soul Connection 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Bissell Park band shell, at the corner of Oak Ridge Turnpike and Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge. The event will also offer educational presentations, children's activities, "Big and Little Science," artists, animals, a children's scavenger hunt and food. Admission is free. For information, visit www.orearthday.org.
Rock band Reliant K will perform with Nashville band Paramore and opening act fun at 7 p.m. Monday, April 26, at the Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave.
Admission is $28.50. For info, call 865-656-4444. Read Wayne Bledsoe's interview with Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams.
PILOT LIGHT GETS LIT AND WHALS
Local rock bands Literature and Gnarly Whals will entertain at 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, at Pilot Light, 106 E. Jackson Ave.
Admission is $5. For info, visit www.thepilotlight.com.
SOUTHERN CULTURE SHINES AT THE BIJOU
Southern-fried surf & turf "countrypolitan" trio Southern Culture on the Skids, left, will headline the April edition of Tennessee Shines, broadcast live at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, from the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St.
Also scheduled to perform are singer-songwriters Mary Gauthier and Matt Urmy and Americana acts Paleface and Frontier Ruckus.
Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For info, call 865-684-1200 or visit www.tennesseeshines.com.
DR. RALPH STANLEY & CHERRYHOLMES
Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys will headline a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville.
Family bluegrass band Cherryholmes will open the show. Admission is $24.50, $29.50 or $36. For info, call 865-656-4444 or visit www.claytonartscenter.com.
A real estate developer (Brendan Fraser, second from left below) faces unexpected opposition to his latest project - an army of woodland creatures who don't want to be displaced. The animals exact the "Furry Vengeance" of the title in this PG-rated environmental comedy, scheduled to open Friday, April 30, in area theaters. The cast includes, from left, Brooke Shields, Matt Prokop and Skyler Samuels.
GUV'NAHS AND JULIA GET A ROOM
Knoxville rock band The Dirty Guv'nahs and Asheville group Do It To Julia will entertain at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at The Square Room, 4 Market Square.
Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For info, call 865-544-4199 or visit www.thesquareroom.com.
DIERKS BENTLEY AND THE TRAVELIN' McCOURYS
Country singer Dierks Bently and bluegrass powerhouse The Travelin' M cCourys will entertain at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St.
Admission is $31.50. For info, call 865-656-4444 or visit www.knoxbijou.com.