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The Weekend Plan-It: Josh Ritter, Meadow Lark Music Festival, and 'Smokey and the Bandit'

Good morning! We made it! It's the weekend! So pour some coffee and make some plans.

FRIDAY
At noon in the visitor center, Dave Adkins and Republik Steel will play for WDVX's Blue Plate Special with Haley Dreis, and Caleb Caudle. As always, it's free to attend.

Smart Toys and Books' summer workshops for kiddos start at 1 p.m. Crafts and science projects will be set up for kids of all ages. It's $6 to participate. For more info call (865) 691-1154.

The Atheists Society of Knoxville will meet at the Bearden Beer Market this evening at 5:30. The meeting is open to atheists and atheist-friendly folks. It's free to attend! Go have a beer and discussion. Check out ASK's website for more info.

The Oom-Pah festival of horns and drums kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Clayton Center for the Arts and goes through Sunday. There will be tons of swing, concert bands, percussion ensembles, and live jazz played by local musicians. Check out the Clayton Center's website for a full schedule.

Josh Ritter and the Royal City band will roll through town tonight, and will stop to play at the Bijou Theatre at 8 p.m. They're on tour to promote Ritter's new album The Beast in its Tracks, which was released in March. Tickets are $21.50. Buy them here.

Wrap up the night at the Well, where Sleep Satellite will play at 9 p.m. with Finkelsteen and Indie Lagone. Cover's $5. 21+ only.

SATURDAY
Get up early and get the kiddos to the visitor center to see the Hominy Mamas perform for WDVX's Kidstuff live show at 10 a.m. It's free to attend!

The Meadow Lark Music Festival at Ijams Nature Center kicks off at 2 p.m. and will feature tons of local music as well as some out-of-towners to serenade in the great outdoors. And New Belgium Brewing will be there, too. Tickets are $10-$20. Buy them here.

And if you need some more beer, the Knoxville Brewfest will get started outside the Southern Railway Station at 4 p.m. Tickets are $40. Buy them here.

Texas singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard, who was an original member of the Texas outlaw music movement with Jennings and Nelson, is going to make a stop at the Shed in Maryville at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Buy them here.

Countrified Laurel Canyon folk singer Jill Andrews will play at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria at 9:30 with Amanda Platt. It's $10 to attend!

SUNDAY
After brunch, head over to the Tennessee Theatre to watch the classic Burt Reynolds flick Smokey and the Bandit. Tickets are $8. Buy them here.

Want to brush up on your dancing skills? Circle Modern Dance will have an improvisational dance class open to people of all experience levels at 3:30 in the Emporium Center for Arts and Culture. The first class you take with the group is free, and $5 for each subsequent class. Visit Circle Modern Dance's website for more info.

Check out the Preservation Pub's Upstairs Underground Stand-Up Comedy Show at 8 p.m. There's no cover! 21+ only.

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