Good morning! We made it to Friday! Everyone pour a second (or third, or fourth) cup of coffee to celebrate. And then take a look at what's going on this weekend.
The annual Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day gets started at 9 a.m. and goes till 10 p.m. Head to the Townsend Visitors Center and celebrate Appalachian culture (including bluegrass music, traditional dance, local crafts, and storytelling). (And food.) It's free to attend!
At noon, the UT science forum will feature a discussion about exploring the asteroid Vesta, and NASA's Dawn Mission. Dr. Hap McSween, a chancellor's professor of earth and planetary sciences, will lead the talk. The talk will be in Thompson Boling Arena, and is free and open to the public. For more info, call (865) 974-8156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Country music star, and The Voice coach (and Mr. Miranda Lambert) Blake Shelton will bring his Ten Times Crazier Tour to Thompson-Boling Arena at 7:30. Opening for him are Corbin Easton and Jana Kramer. Tickets are $25-$54.75. Buy them here.
Pseudo-bluegrass-country-folk-rock band the Hackensaw Boys will play at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria at 8 p.m. Cover's $5.
New Orleans husband-and-wife duo Quintron and Miss Pussycat will bring their brand of NOLA R&B/DIY-elecontronic tunes to the Pilot Light at 10 p.m. The show's is only $12, so definitely get down there to see Quintron's tricked-out keyboard et al. 18+ only.
The Louie Bluie Arts and Music Festival, which celebrates the life and tunes of country/jazz mandolinist/fiddler Howard Armstrong, kicks off at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville at 10 a.m. and goes till 8 p.m. It's free to attend, so go check out the tribute to one of East Tennessee's most important musicians.
Vaguely Christian, and totally cute folk-y Nashville quartet the Vespers will play at the Square Room at 8 p.m. with Anderson East. Tickets are $10-$15. Buy them here.
Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green will bring his solo project City and Colour to the Tennessee Theatre at 8 p.m. with Lucy Rose. Tickets are $32.50. Buy them here.
Also at 8, check out Knoxville's first pop-up movie theater. The Scruffy City Cinema Club will screen A Band Called Death, a 2012 documentary about a 1970's proto-punk band from Detroit who finally made it to the national stage in 2009, at Relix Variety Theater. Tickets are $10, and you can buy them at the door. Knoxville punk rockers Teenage Love13 will make an appearance.
Portland, Ore., sludge metal titans Lord Dying will make their second stop in Knoxville this year in support of their album Summon the Faithless. They'll play at the Pilot Light at 10 p.m. with Argentinum Astrum. Cover's $6. 18+ only.
The Town of Farragut Picnic on the Pike kicks off at 1 p.m. at the Farragut Press (11863 Kingston Pike), and will feature arts and crafts and food vendors, live music, and kids' activities. It's free to attend! Go chill with your neighbors.
Former Knoxvillian Julie Paine Fritz will be at Union Avenue Books at 2 p.m. to read from her new book about growing up in Bearden, Remember a Hill. It's free to attend. Go check it out!
Former teen pop star Aaron Carter (of "Aaron's Party" fame--the jam of every tween girl circa 2000) will perform at NV Nightclub at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12-$62. Buy them here.
Wrap up the night at the Preservation Pub, where the Upstairs Underground Stand-Up Comedy Show gets started at 8 p.m. There's no cover! 21+ only.