Local music festival Waynestock:For the Love of Drew will be held for the third year and, luckily, this year it isn't the response to a tragedy. The festival was begun in 2011 after the death of Andrew Bledsoe, a well-known local musician and son of Knoxville News Sentinel entertainment writer Wayne Bledsoe. Local rock and folk musicians, Maryville Daily Times entertainment editor Steve Wildsmith and other music community friends created the event to honor and benefit the Bledsoe family. The following year, the event returned with the same spirit to for musician Phil Pollard who died suddenly in 2012.
Proceeds from the 2013 event, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1-2, will be donated to the Community School for the Arts, which provides music lessons to students who are not able to afford lessons.
The event's line up is a diverse collection of artists from rock acts Johnny Astro & the Big Bang, The Mutations and Yak Strangler to klezmer act Dor L' Dor and Latin performers Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego to poet/rapper Black Atticus.
Particularly special acts on the bill will be a performance by the rarely reunited rock band The Rockwells and a first-time pairing of country great Con Hunley with popular rock act Mic Harrison and the High Score.
Hunley's hits in the late 1970s and 1980s made him a star in country music. Harrison (former co-lead singer-songwriter of the V-Roys) and the High Score have made a national name for themselves with a combination of rock 'n' roll and honky tonk.
The event will be held at the Relix Theatre on Central Street and admission will be $5 at the door.
A complete schedule of the events and the complete press release is below:
Friday, Feb. 1:
Black Atticus at 7 p.m.
Kevin Abernathy at 8 p.m.
Con Hunley with Mic Harrison & The High Score at 9 p.m.
The Rockwells at 10 p.m.
The Mutations at 11 p.m.
Yak Strangler, midnight
Saturday, Feb. 2:
Kukuly and The Gypsy Fuego at 7 p.m.
Dor L’Dor at 8 p.m.
Guy Marshall at 9 p.m.
Sam Quinn and Taiwan Twin at 10 p.m.
Johnny Astro and The Big Bang at 11 p.m.
“Waynestock All-Star Jam,” curated by Tim and Susan Lee and featuring a who’s who of Waynestock participants past and present, midnight
In coming up with a game plan for Waynestock 3, organizers faced a quandary.
The good news: Nobody died. The “bad” news, if it could be called such: Nobody died.
The inaugural Waynestock, which took place in 2011, was born out of a desire by friends and colleagues of long-time News Sentinel music writer Wayne Bledsoe to stage a benefit in the wake of the sudden death of his son, Andrew.
Last year, the rally cry went out again after the unexpected loss of local music scene titan Phil Pollard.
Both festivals became more than just fundraisers. Over three nights at Relix Variety Theatre in downtown Knoxville, musicians gave everything they had, fans gave all they could afford and both the Bledsoe and Pollard families were humbled and touched by the overwhelming display generosity and love.
This year, Waynestock faced a dilemma: How do you recreate such magic in the absence of such universal loss? Easy answer: You don’t. You move on, and you build on the spirit and success of the past two years to make new magic.
Which is why we’re pleased to announce “Waynestock 3,” scheduled to take place Feb. 1 and 2 at Relix Variety Theatre (1208 N. Central St. in Knoxville’s “Happy Holler” neighborhood). Starting at 7 p.m. at a cost of $5 per night, it’s an opportunity to experience that Waynestock magic, see some old (and new) friends and raise money for a good cause.
All proceeds raised this year will be donated to the Community School for the Arts in Knoxville, the first nonprofit organization of its kind in the state of Tennessee to provide free, quality instruction in all the arts to children who would otherwise not be able to afford them. (For more information, visit www.csaknox.org.)
The lineup and schedule for both nights:
Friday, Feb. 1: Black Atticus at 7 p.m.; Kevin Abernathy at 8 p.m.; Con Hunley with Mic Harrison & The High Score at 9 p.m.; The Rockwells at 10 p.m.; The Mutations at 11 p.m.; and Yak Strangler at midnight.
Saturday, Feb. 2: Kukuly and The Gypsy Fuego at 7 p.m.; Dor L’Dor at 8 p.m.; Guy Marshall at 9 p.m.; Sam Quinn and Taiwan Twin at 10 p.m.; Johnny Astro and The Big Bang at 11 p.m.; and at midnight, it’s the “Waynestock All-Star Jam,” curated by Tim and Susan Lee and featuring a who’s who of Waynestock participants past and present.
We believe the acts scheduled to perform this year represent the old and the new, the adventurous spirit of youth and the tried-and-true familiarity of establishment. More importantly, we believe these bands and musicians will continue the Knoxville spirit of talent, grace and beauty of spirit that made the first two festivals such magical and successful weekends.
We look forward to seeing all of you on Friday night, Feb. 1. Start spreading the word, and for more information – including links to the websites of the various performers – please visit www.waynestock.org, www.facebook.com/waynestockfestival or email firstname.lastname@example.org.