The Epiphone Art Guitar Contest is back for it’s 5th year at Rhythm N’ Blooms!
The 15 winning designs will be illustrated on the guitars and voted on during the Dogwood Arts Rhythm N’ Blooms music festival, April 7th-9th, 2017. Dogwood Arts is excited to announce that all students who design a template were eligible this year to be one of 15 chosen for guitar illustration. We’ve narrowed down the designs and the students are currently working on bringing their design to life on the Epiphone guitars!
The Epiphone Guitars will be on display at Awaken Coffee during the festival as part of the Dogwood Arts First Friday programming presented by First Watch.
The winner of the Guitar Design Contest will receive 2 Festival Passes & Art Supplies!
Awards and Prizes
Best-of-Show: Art Set & two  Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival Passes for winning student and sponsoring teacher each
Second Prize: Art Set valued at $50 and two  Saturday or Sunday general tickets
Third Prize: Art Set valued at $50 and two  Saturday or Sunday general tickets
The 12 additional winning students will receive two  Saturday or Sunday general admission tickets to Rhythm and Blooms and will receive a certificate of participation
When Gogol Bordello released its first album, Voi-La Intruder, in 1999, there probably weren’t many people who weren’t members of the band who thought the world needed a Ukranian-Russian-Israeli-Ethiopian-American folk-punk band. There probably weren’t many people besides Eugene Hütz who had considered that such a thing could exist.
Now, almost 20 years later, Hütz and his crew are six albums deep into one of the 21st century’s most unconventional experiments in demolishing conceptual borders and genre boundaries. The band’s most recent album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, from 2013, is as urgent and politically pointed as Voi-La Intruder. It’s a project that feels more important than ever in 2017.
Gogol Bordello combines the folk traditions introduced by whoever’s in the band at the time—there are eight current members, from Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the United States, and a dozen other musicians with international roots have rotated in and out of the band over the years—with the volume and speed of punk. You could think of the band as a pan-international version of the Dropkick Murphys, but it’s more complicated than that.
Hütz was born in Ukraine and landed in the United States in the early 1990s. He had spent several years after the fall of the Soviet Union in refugee camps in Europe. When he finally got to New York, he encountered a community of immigrant artists, musicians, and writers who helped him shape his vision: music by and for exiles and refugees.
Gogol Bordello’s music is enormously fun—loud and punchy, with short, memorable choruses to shout along to—but there’s a sense of purpose in it, too. Hütz and his fellow travelers have no regard for convenient marketing labels, but their Gypsy punk cabaret hybrid isn’t the kind of smooth crossover cocktail you’d get from some multicultural acts; in Gogol Bordello’s concoction, the differences in traditions are as important as the similarities. It’s explosive music, full of contradictions and complexities, not easy listening. It reflects the political, practical, and cultural effects of globalization.
“Culture is a living being. The minute the culture is not challenged, it dies. In order to keep it alive, you have to be countercultural,” Hütz told The New York Times in 2002. It still applies.
We are thrilled to announce that we will be adding music to the Lonesome Dove Patio this year at Rhythm N’ Blooms. Tim Love’s restaurant is a recent addition to the constantly expanding Old City neighborhood.
16 years after the birth of the Lonesome Dove, chef Tim Love opened his third restaurant, Lonesome Dove Knoxville, home to his alma mater, the University of Tennessee. Located on Central Street in Old City, it highlights both new and classic chef Tim Love dishes.
Be listening for more sounds coming from the Lonesome Dove Patio as the restaurant is looking to provide more entertainment to their space in the coming months on First Fridays and other special occasions.
Every year without fail, Rhythm and Blooms delivers a cacophony of delectable sounds to a city recently emerged from the grips of winter. As a college student, this sonic smorgasbord also serves as my light at the end of the tunnel: The festival close to the end of the semester that reminds me that life isn’t just textbooks and Five Hour Energies. After delving into this year’s lineup, never has that sentiment rang truer to me.
The variety of acts that will appear is dizzying. Headlining California indie rockers Young the Giant are hot right now, having released their third album, Home of the Strange, last August. The album peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and it’s easy to see why. Every song is catchy and utterly infectious. It only takes about 15 seconds before I’m grooving along to the poppy stylings of “Silvertongue”, and “Something to Believe In” has the potential to be a generational anthem. Having never seen them perform before, I’m excited to see how they tackle these polished studio tracks live when they hit the Old City this April.
While the prominent headlining acts are awesome, Where Rhythm and Blooms really shines is with this year’s group of local performers. Cruz Contreras makes his return to the fest, having performed solo in 2015 and with his band The Black Lilies in 2014. When he takes the stage in April, he will have just come off the European leg of a tour with the Black Lilies. While I love having him as the international cultural ambassador for Knoxville (I mean, who could do it better?), it’ll be keen having his Americana stylings back home.
Gezellig Records signees Peak Physique will also make their Rhythm and Blooms debut. I swear that their electro-synth-rock sound fills whatever space they’re playing, no matter the size. When I saw them perform at Scruffy City Hall as part of WUTK’s exam jam, the world just dissolved and was replaced with immediacy. What mattered was the then and there. It’s not just good local music: It’s good music period. It’ll be sheer bliss seeing them perform again.
I hesitate to call this year’s Rhythm and Blooms a magnum opus. While great, it insinuates that this is as good as it gets. The fest has only gone up hill, and this year’s fest looks to be the stepping stone to even better fests in the future.
Luckily, I had the jump on listening to John Moreland a few months before his name turned up on the Rhythm N’ Blooms lineup. Brian Paddock (Shimmy) of Shimmy & The Burns, a Knoxville based roots rock outfit, was the first one to tip me off to this cat, and I’ve felt indebted to him ever since.
The first thing you notice when you listen to John Moreland is his distinctive, gruff voice. It’s powerful enough to cut through and grab your attention immediately, yet it’s gentle enough to give you that warm feeling like all your problems in the world are going to work out okay.
While his gravelly voice is wonderful, what really sets Moreland apart is his songwriting. His voice will draw you in, but his lyrics will break your heart. The songs that he writes are poignant and hauntingly beautiful, and his songs can stop you dead in your tracks. That’s why it was a complete shock to learn that he got is start in music playing in punk and hardcore bands.
He cites the time he first heard Steve Earle’s “Rich Man’s War” from his 2004 record The Revolution Starts Now as a pivotal moment in his development as a songwriter saying that upon hearing it, “totally feeling like somebody punched me in the chest.” That’s interesting, because the chest punch simile was the way I described my first time hearing John Moreland’s “Hang Me In The Tulsa County Stars.”
He’s described as “alt-country,” and he would be my exhibit A in support of my theory that music publications invented the term “alt-country” specifically for country singers who are simply too talented and too original to be thrown in with the likes of Luke Bryan. (Sorry to pick on just Luke Bryan. That’s my shorthand for all overly commercialized country music.) If we’re into labels, I’d like to use a term for which I credit Josh Smith of Handsome & The Humbles, Sad Bastard Music. (As it turns out, “sad bastard music” comes from the 2000 film High Fidelity, and Josh had been passing that quote off as his own. Sad!) They’re tunes to which you can sip whiskey at the end of a long week and get lost in their beauty.
In a really strong first wave of Rhythm N’ Blooms lineup announcements, John Moreland is a must-see act. Plain and simple. You’re gonna want to see the big guy from Oklahoma boomer sooner, rather than boomer later…. Eh… Eh… So I’ll just see myself out. Okay. Thank you for reading. Don’t let that horrible joke ruin it. See John Moreland.
Pretentious Beer Co. is the brain child of Knoxville glass artist, Matthew Cummings. The crafted beer bar celebrates all things craft and handmade. featuring craft beer, soda, kombucha and music. Matthew’s studio, Pretentious Beer Glass Co. is located right next door and you can enjoy your beer while watching the glasses being made.
PBGC originated from a small drinking club at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville, KY. Each Friday afternoon, Matthew would take off work early to sit in the courtyard and drink great craft beer with friends and co-coworkers. After a couple too many the club decided that he should make beer glasses for everyone.
He designed the Hoppy Beer glass and gave each member a customized version of that glass. After making that first glass, Matthew started to notice a lack of unique beer glasses for craft beer. “It was just such an obvious problem that it was invisible…hiding out in the open.” He started the Pretentious Glass Company as a remedy for that problem and spent over 6 months making, testing, and refining designs that highlight different styles.
All the glasses are made by hand in his studio located here in Knoxville, TN. No machines touch the beer glasses from PBGC! Despite the volume and breadth of distribution of these products, it is all still a one-man operation with the help of a few friends. This venue and artist is one you can’t afford to miss this year at Rhythm N’ Blooms!
We’ve teamed up with The Flower Pot to bring the best Rhythm N’ Blooms bundle for your secret admirer. Nothing shares your love more than a bouquet of flowers and tickets to Rhythm N’ Blooms! Just head over to http://www.knoxvilleflowerpot.com and order your favorite bouquet and you can add on tickets during check out. Did we mention the bundle features early bird prices?
Knoxville Music Warehouse and Dogwood Arts are partnering to co-produce the Knoxville Secret Shows. Music blog Knoxville Music Warehouse and Knoxville-based nonprofit organization, Dogwood Arts, announced they will be working together to build up the secret show series and continue to bring newer music talent to Knoxville. The Knoxville Secret Shows will be an extension of Dogwood Arts’ brand, Rhythm N’ Blooms, known primarily for the Music Festival each April in Downtown Knoxville’s Historic Old City. Knoxville Secret Shows, as created by Knoxville Music Warehouse matched Rhythm N’ Blooms’ vision of providing a unique musical experience with quality programming, right here in Knoxville.
A word from Knoxville Music Warehouse… We are so incredibly excited to announce our partnership with Rhythm N’ Blooms! Dogwood Arts and in particular Rhythm N’ Blooms shares our vision of bringing quality music to Knoxville while supporting the local scene, and we are immensely excited to see what we can accomplish together. We’re announcing four wonderful acts today, all of which have played Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival in the past. That wasn’t something we set out to do, but it wasn’t necessarily a coincidence either. Rhythm N’ Blooms brings some of the best musical talent around every April. Now we get to do it together year round as part of the Knoxville Secret Show series!
Christian Lopez Band [August 19th]
A favorite at Rhythm N’ Blooms 2016, Christian Lopez Band has earned every bit of buzz they’ve accrued by putting on a wonderfully energetic live performance. They’re latest record Onward was produced by Grammy-winner Dave Cobb who has worked with Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton.
Caleb Hawley [September 27th]
Nobody puts on a live show quite like Caleb Hawley. The man is a pure entertainer. Whether he’s busting out a shredding guitar solo, hopping off the stage to dance with the audience, or showing off his amazing voice, his live performance is something you have to see to believe.
David Ramirez [October 12th]
David Ramirez has been at the top of our wish list ever since we started doing these Secret Shows. His voice will melt hearts, and simply put, he is one of the best songwriters out there today. This is an absolute can’t-miss.
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes [October 13th]
The Daily Beast called Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes “Nashville’s best damned rock band,” and we tend to agree. Their catchy melodies and toe-tapping rhythm will have everybody feeling good.
Rhythm N’ Blooms is right around the corner. If you are making your plans be sure to know the best spots to grab the food during the weekend. Our main stage is filled with an amazing variety of food trucks and those are sure to fix your hunger during the music. If you do find yourself wandering through the old city between sets, here are some food options you might want to check out.
The great thing about Boyd’s is you can grab some amazing food and you don’t have to miss any music. Boyd’s Jig & Reel is both a great spot for lunch or dinner and also a music venue for Rhythm N’ Blooms. Stop in and grab a Highland Burger or their tasty fish & chips while enjoying your favorite artist from Rhythm N’ Blooms. They also have one of the largest scotch & whisky lists in Knoxville. It’s so large, they have a giant book filled with options. If you are a Scotch or & whisky fan, you can’t afford to miss this spot.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If that’s true then there is no better place to start your morning at Rhythm N’ Blooms than Oli Bea. They only use local and fresh ingredients and with a seasonal menu, you know their offering only the best from around Knoxville. The Oli Bea Chicken Biscuit is sure to be a highlight of your Knoxville visit.
Looking for a London experience in Knoxville? Crowne & Goose is Knoxville’s most authentic London gastropub. They also feature a great beer garden that is a perfect break spot while waiting for the next band on your schedule to begin. This spot is perfect for Lunch or Dinner.
Barley’s Taproom is another amazing restaurant that happens to be a Rhythm N’ Blooms music venue. It also has one of the best slices of pizza in town. Stop in hear some amazing artists or head up stairs and enjoy darts, billiards and other fun games. Located right in the middle of the festival footprint, this is the perfect place to regroup and grab some food.
With arcade games, beer on tap, and the best hot dog you will find in town, you must find some time to stop in at The Curious Dog. It’s located right across from The Jackson Terminal and is open fairly late. Stop in and grab a dog while you are making your way down Jackson Avenue.