Local rocker Tim Lee
just finished up a month-long series of shows at Pilot Light with R.B. Morris, and his trio, the Tim Lee 3, has a new album due out soon (along with an EP and a live disc--you can read about his recent exploits here
That's apparently not enough to keep him busy, so he's masterminding an upcoming show at the Well in Bearden called the Knoxville Blender. The idea comes from Lee's nephew, Garrad Lee, who has organized a series of rock and hip-hop shows in Jackson, Miss. The local version, set for Saturday, Nov. 17, will feature the Tim Lee 3, local hip-hop/rock fusion act the Theorizt
, and, from Jackson, the rock band Liver Mousse
and rappers 5th Child
and James Crow
Here's the full press release Lee sent out last week with details:
The Tim Lee 3 is proud to announce a new show with a twist for mid-November at the Well (4620 Kingston Pike in Bearden).
Sponsored by WUTK 90.3 and based on a concept partially developed by Tim Lee's nephew, Garrad Lee, in Jackson, Miss., the Knoxville Blender will bring together rock n' roll and hip hop for multiple-act bill. Garrad Lee and his friend Cody Cox put together the Blender series as a way to bring together the rock and hip hop communities in Jackson. Their first installment featured performances and collaborations between rappers 5th Child and James Crow and rockers That Scoundrel and Furrows.
The success of that first venture led to the planning of future events, of which the Knoxville Blender is the second. On November 17, Knoxville's premier hip hop act, the Theorizts and rock n' roll stalwarts Tim Lee 3 are teaming up with Jackson band Liver Mousse and rappers 5th Child and James Crow for a mixed bag of music.
Liver Mousse and 5th Child will be celebrating the release of their collaborative 45, a joint effort from Elegant Trainwreck Records, Homework Town, and Vintage Noize.
"We played a show with Liver Mousse in Jackson this summer, and when we saw what Garrad and Cody (who is a member of Furrows and Liver Mousse) were doing, we got really excited," Tim Lee said. "Before we left town that weekend, we started making plans to bring the Blender to Knoxville.
"Then I ran the idea by Black Atticus from the Theorizts, and he was down with it, so we started working on a date and a venue."
The original Blender idea came from Garrad Lee, who has been involved in promoting hip hop shows in Jackson for several years.
"I had been promoting strictly hip hop shows with the intent purpose of broadening our artists' reach," Garrad said. "The problem I was running into was that the 'rock' crowd didn't come down to South Jackson, which is where our main hip hop club is located.
"I also noticed that every time 5th or James Crow or someone played a set [in midtown], all kinds of new fans would be made. We would sell mad CDs and shirts and what not."
Those bill pairings and collaborations have contributed greatly to Jackson having the strongest music scene in the Magnolia State capital's history.
"Naturally, we appreciate any effort that supports scene-building," Tim said. "We're excited to be hosting Liver Mousse, 5th Child, and James Crow, along with our friends the Theorizts. It will be a lot of fun."
The cover is $5, and the music starts promptly at 9 p.m. The Well is a 21 and over music venue with a full bar and late-night food menu.