Friday, January 30, 2009

the best free concert in town

This post has unfortunately been a long time in coming. These concerts have been going on for a few weeks, so forgive me for missing the scoop and letting our dear readers live in ignorance. So here it is:

Knoxville has secrets. It even has free secrets. Like the homeless guy who will backflip off a 6 foot fence for a dollar. OK- that's technically not a free secret. But it's cheap entertainment, like the following secret. It has three parts. First off, Knoxville has one of the best Bluegrass radio stations (if not the best) in the country. No kidding, it's bona fide.. The famous WDVX brings Bluegrass, not to mention Blues/Country/Roots/Americana music to the world and is based here in Knoxville. Secret Part Two: everyday they have a free live "Blue Plate Special" concert at noon at their downtown studio. That's not much of a secret anymore, though. It's been going on for years and has gained a cult status in downtown. The studio is small, however, and often you'll have to get there a half an hour early to get a seat. What to do? That's the third and newest part of the secret: every Friday WDVX migrates to The Square Room on Market Square and has a special full-size concert. And let me tell you- it's a phenomenal musical experience. You feel like you must of snuck in because there's NO WAY you could see music this good for free. Like a bouncer is gonna come drag you out the door any minute. But believe it, kids. WDVX is bringing excellent music to the people for no charge. Where else could you find this? Even if you're not into Bluegrass ect., I challenge you to come to a few of these concerts a see if you don't start getting into it. I wasn't a fan when I first came to Knoxville, but WDVX has since converted me. The Blue Plate also may be one of the easiest ways to get connected with Knoxville's general musical scene. Artists of all stripes, local and visiting, come through and play at WDVX. All you have to do is show up and listen. And if you have to pick one day to come, make it Friday.

Consider yourself informed.


benjamin said...

WDVX, represent!

Anonymous said...

Didn't know WDVX or Blue Plate were a secret.

The Modern Gal said...

I think he acknowledged that they weren't a secret anymore. But they could be to anyone who's new to Knoxville.

definitely going to go on friday since i haven't had a chance to check out the square room.

Josh Ellis said...

No doubt WDVX has outgrown the title of being a secret. Still haven't been to the Square Room, but my sister said it was pretty kick ass so I'm gonna try and make the next blue plate. I'd love to see them get the Steeldrivers for one of the friday shows. Coming off of a Grammy nom they would bring the Blue Plate, Square Room, and 'DVX tons of attention. Plus, anyone who was at the first Tennessee Shines knows how sick they are live.

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