Woo! It's the weekend! We made it! Just a reminder: the American Idol bus is indeed downtown. Approach the area with caution. Now take a look at what's going on this weekend.
At noon in the visitor center, Husky Burnette will play for WDVX's Blue Plate Special with Songs of the Fall. Tune in or show up--it's absolutely free to attend.
DJ Wigs will bring some old-school hip hop to the Preservation Pub starting at 6 p.m. No cover. 21+ only.
City in the Sea will play at the Bowery tonight at 8. It's $8 to get in. 18+ only.
Cherub will perform at NV Nightclub tonight at 9. Tickets are $12. 18+ only.
Knoxville's prog/blues/metal/math-rockers Yak Strangler will debut their gross/awesome new music video for their song "A Tight Squeeze" at the Pilot Light tonight at 10. Yum? Cover's $5. 18+ only.
Cherokee Caverns in Northwest Knoxville will be open at 10 a.m. Go keep cool in there after brunch. It's $8 to go take a look around.
The Sixth Avenue Mural Project gets started around 11 a.m. Residents of Old North, Parkridge, and Fourth and Gill will be getting together to paint Sixth Ave I-40 underpass. Food and music will be involved.
Take a nap in the afternoon and then get ready for a ton of stuff going on in the evening. Steve Earle and the Dukes will perform at the Bijou Theatre at 8 p.m. with the Mastersons. Tickets are $29.50. Buy them here.
Also at 8, art-pop keyboard/drums duo Hudson K will take the stage at the Blackstock Exchange along with Marina Orchestra, Sonen, the Theorizt, and King Super and the Excellents. Tickets are $10. 18+ only.
Chuck Mead and the Grassy Knoll Boys will play at the Shed in Maryville at 8 p.m. with the Royal Hounds. Tickets are $20. Buy them here.
Local indie-rockers Gamenight will celebrate the release of their new album Pets Pets at the Pilot Light at 10 p.m. with Madre and Rales. It's $5 to get in. 18+ only.
Knoxville's burlesque troupe Salomé Cabaret will upend gender expectations when Chicago's all-male cabaret group the Stage Door Johnnies join them at 11 p.m. Tickets are $10-$30. Buy them here. 18+ only.
The Sketchbook Project, a crowd-sourced, traveling art show featuring thousands of sketchbooks from the Brooklyn Art Library, will make a pit stop at the Knoxville Museum of Art, which opens at 1 p.m. Admission and parking are free! More info here.
The Tennessee Theatre's Summer Movie Magic series continues with a screening of the classic college comedy Animal House at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8. Buy them here.
If you're up for a late night, check out the Mumbles, who'll play at the Preservation Pub at 10 p.m. Cover's $3. 21+ only.