The Weekend Guide March 18-20

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Here’s a guide to just a few of this weekend’s entertainment and culture highlights. For a full list of events, visit the Mercury’s online calendar.

Women in Jazz Jam Festival
Kelle Jolly and colleagues celebrate women in jazz with a whole weekend full of performances, featuring the Women in Jazz Jam Band, a local all-star ensemble; Jolly and her husband, sax player Will Boyd; Nashville singers Christina Watson and Dara Tucker; and Venus (The All-Girl Band), from Atlanta. There are workshops at the Emporium Center on Saturday afternoon. Performance venues include WDVX, Knoxville Museum of Art, Scruffy City Hall, and the Red Piano Lounge. Visit the festival website for ticket information and a complete schedule.

Knox County Jug Stompers
Boyd’s Jig and Reel • 10 p.m. • Free

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The Knox County Jug Stompers come from all kinds of backgrounds—bluegrass, rock, acoustic blues, country music—but have settled on a more or less authentic reproduction of the jug music made popular throughout the South nearly a century ago by Gus Cannon and the Jug Stompers and other bands with similar names, like Clifford Hayes’ Old Southern Jug Band, the Dixieland Jug Blowers, and the Seven Gallon Jug Band.

East Tennessee Kidney Foundation Lucky Kidney Run and Irish Festival
Market Square • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • Free-$40
Keep your St. Patrick’s Day celebration going this weekend with a 6K run and 2K walk to benefit the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation and a free Irish festival—with beer, kids’ events, and live music—on Market Square afterward.

The Concourse • 9 p.m. • $5 • 18 and up
Knoxville’s long-running alternative dance night. With DJ Darkness, Sir Diddimus, and DJ Fallen.

The David Mayfield Parade
Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria • 10 p.m. • $5

David Mayfield Parade (Jeff Pagliacci Davis)Jeff Pagliacci Davis

Ohio-born and Nashville-based singer/songwriter David Mayfield and his crack band have been darlings of the Americana press for most of the ’10s, with heartfelt songwriting and a pan-roots sound that combines bluegrass, honky-tonk, and folk rock.

Public Cinema: Mountains May Depart
Knoxville Museum of Art • 2 p.m. • Free

Acclaimed Chinese writer/director Jia Zhangke’s new movie combines melodrama and cultural critique, with a complex romantic saga that unfolds over 25 years and two continents. The film is burdened by “its epic story, vaulting ambition, and directorial idiosyncrasies,” Lee Gardner writes in a review in this week’s Mercury. “There is much to admire about Mountains May Depart, but even with the plaintive soundtrack interludes plucking at every heartstring in reach, it’s tough to love.” Part of the Public Cinema series.

Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series: Mayuki Miyashita
UT Natalie L. Haslam Music Center • 2:30 p.m. • $25

Photo courtesy of the Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series.

Photo courtesy of the Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series.

The second of three recitals in this venerable local series features nationally recognized and award-winning 16-year-old Maryville resident Mayuki Miyashita performing music by Bach, Chopin, and Ned Rorem.

Matthew Everett
Senior Editor

Senior Editor Matthew Everett manages the Knoxville Mercury's arts & entertainment section, including the comprehensive calendar section—Knoxville’s go-to guide for everything worth doing in the area. You can reach Matthew at

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