KNOXVILLE — SMASHING PUMPKINS
Billy Corgan, left, brings his band Smashing Pumpkins to town for a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, July 23, at The Valarium, 1213 Western Ave.
Kill Hannah and Bad City will also perform. Admission is $42. For information, call 865-656-4444 or visit www.thevalarium.com.
"WIVK Live" will kick off with performances by Blaine Larsen, James Wesley, Troy Olsen, Frankie Ballard, Katie Armiger and Laurel Wright at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville.
The show will also be broadcast live on 107.7 WIVK FM and will stream online at www.wivk.com.
Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For info, visit www.wivk.com.
VW SUMMER JAM
The Knox Volks Motor Club will host the 2010 VW Summer Jam Saturday-Sunday, July 24-25, at Chilhowee Park.
The weekend will feature many classic Volkswagens on display, a swap meet, comedy by Dr. Fieldinggood, Saturday-night music by Gypsi Road Show and more.
For information, visit www.summerjamvw.com.
'LISTEN UP, KNOXVILLE'
The Lake Terrace Trio will be the feature act for the "Listen Up, Knoxville" music night at 8 p.m. Monday, July 26, at Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 N. Central St.
The string trio's performance will cap off an evening of open-mic musical competition, with weekly winners advancing to a planned December finals round.
Admission is free.
JAZZ ON YOUR PLATE, SIDE OF FOLK
Justin Thompson and the Streamliners will bring the swingin' jazz and Samantha Harlow will supply the folksy Americana tunes noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at the WDVX Blue Plate Special, 301 S. Gay St.
Admission is free. The concert will also be broadcast live on WDVX 89.9 and 102.9 FM and online at www.wdvx.com.
SPEND THE DAY WITH JOHN COWAN
Bluegrass and Americana innovator John Cowan, left, will show up all over town for midweek musical treats.
He'll join Tim O'Brien and the John Hartford String Band at noon Wednesday, July 28, for the WDVX Blue Plate Special. Admission is free. The show will be broadcast live on WDVX 89.9 and 102.9 FM and online at www.wdvx.com.
The same line-up will entertain during the Tennessee Shines "Tribute to John Hartford" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For info, visit www.knoxbijou.com.
NEW MADRID SHAKES THINGS UP
Veteran Knoxville rock bands New Madrid and The Vaygues will entertain with homegrown psychedelic and garage-rock sounds at 10 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at Pilot Light, 106 E. Jackson Ave.
Admission is $5.
'THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT'
Mia Wasikowska, left, plays the daughter of a lesbian couple who, along with her brother (Josh Hutcherson), contacts the man (Mark Ruffalo) whose donation helped her mothers conceive in the new film "The Kids Are Alright." Annette Bening and Julianne Moore also star in the R-rated comedy-drama, scheduled to open Friday, July 30, at Downtown West.
'DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS'
Paul Rudd plays Tim, a rising business executive who needs to find the perfect guest to bring to his boss's dinner party in the new comedy "Dinner for Schmucks."
His boss hosts an annual "Dinner for Extraordinary People," in which whoever brings the most eccentric guest "wins." Tim brings Barry (Steve Carell, left, with Jemaine Clement), a guy with a passion for dressing mice up to re-create works of art.
The cast of the PG-13-rated film includes Zach Galifianakis and Chris O'Dowd ("The IT Crowd"). It is scheduled to open Friday, July 30, in area theaters.
SUMNAR AND CADILLACS
Trent Sumnar and the New Row Mob will join The Black Cadillacs to lay down some Americana-flavored rock 'n' roll at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville.
Admission is $10 in general, $5 if you arrive via motorcycle. For info, call 865-977-1669 or visit www.smh-d.com.
OR COMMUNITY BAND SUMMER CONCERT
The Oak Ridge Community Band will perform its Summer Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug.1, at A.K. Bissell Park, 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike at Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge.
Admission is free.