Friday, December 12, 2008

the square room rocks out

The Square Room, Knoxville's hottest (and best designed) concert venue has hit the ground running. Located on Market Square, it fills that void we've had for a place to see bands that's bigger than Barley's but smaller than the Bijou. After a debut with My Brightest Diamond (which, as Benjamin points out, was attended by none other than David Byrne) The Room continues with a double header this weekend:

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Hailing from Nashville, Drew comes from the rock songwriting camp of John Cougar (Mellencamp). I saw him last year at Patrick Sullivan's, and it was a fun show. A must for anyone who likes story-based songs.

Ben Sollee

This guy I'm excited about. I would call him "a cello-playing Andrew Bird" and if you don't know what that means, you lose. Classical instrument-based indie pop may not be for everyone, but it should be. From Louisville to the north, Sollee also plays with the likes of Bela Fleck in the Sparrow Quartet, which if I have to explain that to you, you probably shouldn't come to the show. [end hipster superior tone]

Really, everyone should come out and hear some interesting music and support Knoxville's newest venue. Tell 'em ck sent you.*

*this doesn't guarantee anything, but try it- who knows?


max said...

you could say "the architect" sent you in a keanu reeves voice.

The Modern Gal said...

I went to high school with Drew! How cool.

I heard Ben Sollee on Tennessee Shines and loooovvved his stuff. Definitely worth seeing.

B said...

wait a second. i went to high school with drew. modern gal, who are you?

benjamin said...

REAL tight writing staff you guys got goin on, obvs.

also, who knew ck was a hipster? i was surprised.

Lo said...

ummm, ck... it is "abigail washburn" and the sparrow quartet, but they both play banjos. abigail plays the banjo the right way- with a clawed fist. ben sollee did a solo of eleanor rigby when he was in town with sparrow and it was rockin.

Ethan said...

yes. just say the architect sent you.