If you're not already planning to come out tomorrow night to the Warren Zevon tribute/fundraiser/party for our beloved columnist Rikki Hall, we probably can't be friends anymore. I mean, unless you have to work or can't arrange childcare or are really sick yourself, you have no excuse to not be there. Even the mayor herself is coming!
But, if for whatever lame reason, you are still debating whether your attendance is warranted, Tim Lee (who'll be performing) and Rikki's wife, Kim Pilarski-Hall, came up with this list of reasons you absolutely, positively, must go.
1. Rikki Hall. "Enjoy Every Sandwich" honors our pal (and friend to all Knoxvillians) Rikki Hall, "the most Zen motherf___er I've ever met," according to Steve Wildsmith of the Maryville Daily Times. He and his family can use our love and support right now. Show them yours, and I'll show you mine. (Wait, that doesn't sound right, does it?)2. Warren Zevon songs. Yep, songs from the master songwriter performed by a veritable plethora of Knoxville musicians. You like good songs, don't you?3. Cheap, early, and non-smoking. Only $5 will get you in the door for this 7 p.m. smoke-free show. I'm predicting excellent weather for those who must slip out to the patio for a quick puff or two between acts. It's a veritable win-win situation.4. It benefits the Little River Watershed Association. All proceeds go to this Blount County-based conservation group, the personal choice of Rikki. You like clean water, don't you?5. Scruffy City Hall. Downtown's snazziest new music venue plays host to this cheap, early, smoke-free, music-filled benefit to honor Rikki. C'mon down and check out the latest from Scott and Bernadette West, while supporting yet another locally-owned and operated business. You like local, don't you?6. Surprises. There are several surprises on tap for the evening. I'd love to tell you about 'em, but then they wouldn't be surprises, would they? Who doesn't like surprises? Well, I don't, but I'm guessing that you do.7. Poster Auction. Our pals Jay and Jack at Raven Records & Rarities have donated a framed, autographed, and numbered Warren Zevon poster, very classy looking. Wouldn't it look nice in your living room/man cave/music hall? Of course, any proceeds will go to the Little River Watershed Association.8. Did I mention music? And lots of it? Two-dozen or more Zevon songs featuring at least that many local players and singers. That's a lotta bang for the buck. That's a lotta bands for the buck, too.9. Cancer Sucks. 'Nuf said.10. Every time a person howls along to "Werewolves of London," an angel gets its wings. See, only you can help a struggling angel. For just pennies a day, you can adopt a cherub born without wings. Or you can just howl your guts out, and the angel flies. Your call, but one sure seems easier than the other. You like angels, don't you?11. Free (future) plants. We will be giving away free packets of butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) seeds. These plants are host plants for Monarch butterflies, whose populations have drastically declined over the past few years. You like butterflies too, don't you?12. Even your beer goes to the cause. Scruffy City Hall is donating 20 percent of all bar and food sales to the Little River Watershed Association. The drunker you get, the more money you'll raise!
And if all these reasons aren't enough, you'll also get to hang out with all your favorite Metro Pulse staffers too, most especially including Rikki himself. So come out, show your support, and have a totally great time. We'll see you tomorrow.