A Knoxtacular Time Was Had By All

In Editor's Notes by Coury Turczynleave a COMMENT

Thank you to all the musicians, poets, comedians, hosts, and speakers who made Knoxtacular such a special event. It was heartening to see and hear the amazing depth and breadth of Knoxville’s creative community all in one place: the hallowed stage of the Bijou Theatre. We truly appreciate the time and energy you contributed to our cause!

Also, we would like to give a big shout-out to our coordinators: Paige Travis, who wrangled the lineup, Mark Arnold and Amanda Starnes, who managed all the staging details for us, the entire staff of the Bijou Theatre, and the amazing people at WDVX and their marketing ringleader, Roger Harb. None of this could have happened without their skills behind the scenes.

Then there are our sponsors, whose donations made the entire event possible: the Bistro at the Bijou, Dazzo’s Pizzeria, Frussie’s Deli, Hard Knox Pizza, Knox Heritage, Rik’s Music and Sound/Applied Audio Solutions, Saw Works Brewing Co., Sugarlands Distilling Co., the Tomato Head, and Yee-Haw Brewing Co. And let’s not forget our door-prize donors: AC Entertainment’s Big Ears Festival, Bliss, Clarence Brown Theatre’s South Pacific, KMA’s Alive After 5, Raven Records & Rarities, Dogwood Arts’ Rhythm N’ Blooms, and Stanley’s Greenhouse.

Knoxtacular turned out to be a true community-wide effort—from our sponsors to the artists, from the technicians to the audiences at the theater and at home. Everyone wanted to make this a unique and important event for Knoxville. And all of us at the Knoxville Mercury and WDVX are grateful for your support.

—Coury Turczyn, ed.

P.S.: If you missed the show but would still like to contribute to our effort, just go to knoxmercury.com/join or drop on by the office!

Editor Coury Turczyn guided Knoxville's alt weekly, Metro Pulse, through two eras, first as managing editor (and later executive editor) from 1992 to 2000, then as editor-in-chief from 2007 to 2014. He's also worked as a Web editor at CNET, the erstwhile G4 cable network, and HGTV.

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