Here’s a list of what to do this weekend—the Secret City Festival, Tim Easton, Dan Montgomery, a women’s only mountain-biking event, prints from the University of Tennessee’s art faculty, and much more. Visit the Knoxville Mercury online calendar or pick up the latest issue for a full list of the weekend’s offerings.
FRIDAY, JUNE 9
Stone, Mesh, and Metal
Clayton Center for the Arts (Maryville) • 9 a.m.-6 p.m. • Free
The University of Tennessee’s printmaking department is regularly rated as one of the three top departments in the country. It attracts and graduates people who have made a pronounced impact on both the international art world and other academic institutions. Who are the wizards who make all this happen? All three of the department’s professors—Beauvais Lyons, Althea Murphy-Price, and Koichi Yamamoto—have gotten together to show a brief selection of their work this summer. Denise Stewart-Sanabria reviews the exhibit.
Secret City Festival
Oak Ridge • 10 a.m.-7 p.m. • Free
Oak Ridge’s big festival concludes this weekend with two days of top-notch music. The Black Lillies headline the Friday lineup and Dr. Dog tops Saturday’s roster. (Electric Darling also plays on Saturday—we’ve got a new profile of the band and a premiere of the song “Breaking Me Down” from their debut EP, scheduled for release on June 16.) There’s also kid’s entertainment, including Cattywampus Puppet Council, each day.
Knoxville Children’s Theatre: Sleeping Beauty and the Seven Sisters
Knoxville Children’s Theatre • 7 p.m. • $12
An adaptation of the beloved fairy tale, set in 18th-century France.
Open Chord Music • 8 p.m. • $10 • All ages
The official description: “Keep it loud and evil.” With local metal bands Wampus Cat, Death of Kings, Summoner’s Circle (read about the band’s “strange cosmic sage” in our 2015 profile), and Titanos.
Boyd’s Jig and Reel • 10 p.m. • Free
Old-fashioned, unreconstructed, unapologetic folk/roots rock—Nashville singer-songwriter and guitarist Tim Easton is a survivor of the 1990s/early 2000s alt-country boom who’s making his best music in the 21st century. He’s collaborated with Lucinda Williams, Tift Merritt, Gary Louris, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, and Aaron Lee Tasjan, among others, in his 20-year career.
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
Knoxville Craft Beer Week
Celebrate the booming local beer scene with eight days and nights of beer and beer-related events at locations all around the city, from new releases and tap takeovers to tours and trivia. Everything culminates at Knoxville Brewfest on Saturday, June 17. To get oriented, check out our brand-new guide to local brews, breweries, brewpubs, and brewers.
Women’s Enduro Bike Event
Baker Creek Preserve
Today’s for practice and the pre-race party at SoKno Taco Cantina. Tomorrow’s the big day: endurance mountain bike races for women riders of all levels, from beginners to experts.
SUNDAY, JUNE 11
Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria • 8 p.m. • Free
Philadelphia- and South New Jersey-bred, Memphis-based singer-songwriter Dan Montgomery (“Im an Americana artist and I have no guilt,” he proclaims on his website) is one of those guys industry insiders know and love but casual fans have probably never heard about him. His new album, You’ll Never Be a Bird, demonstrates everything he’s good at—heartfelt ballads, amped-up rockers, and epic fuzzed-out folk jams. With Bark.
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