Where do I go? What bands do I see? What do I NEED to know?
The Knoxville music scene’s Christmas and everyone’s birthday all combined into one weekend, Rhythm N’ Blooms is upon us, y’all!
Let’s start with some valuable info about the festival itself, and then we’ll get into recommendations below.
First, for the RnB veterans reading this, there are some changes to the fest that you’ll want to know about beforehand. No Jackson Terminal this year. The festival footprint is a little more compact this year, which means less trekking to and fro in order to catch all your favorite bands. In JT’s place is the Kid Curry Stage which will be an outdoor setup right in the middle of Jackson Avenue.
This is important for all you folks out there who weren’t quick enough on the draw to snag your weekend passes before they sold out. The Kid Curry Stage, for the first time in this fest’s history is free and open to the public. That’s right! Even if you weren’t able to get passes, you can still come and experience a pretty awesome part of RnB!
Another venue change is that the new kids on the (Jackson Ave) block, Bluhen Botanicals, will host a handful of secret shows. We can’t tell you much about them other than that they’re gonna be super cool and worht your while.
As we mentioned before, you may have seen that Weekend Passes are all sold out. All hope is not lost. For the time being, there are still some Saturday and Sunday day passes still available, but don’t wait to long to grab those either.
How’s The Weather?
Weather-wise, everything is looking great. The date change seems to have worked like a charm. In fact, it’d be a good year to bring some sunscreen, which is funny considering last year, we were advising you bring a parka. Now everyone find some wood to knock on!
Now let’s get to the fun stuff.
Who are the must-see events at Rhythm N’ Blooms 2019
The list of headliners is deeeeeeeep
Goodness gracious. Attack Monkey Productions has thrown the kitchen sink at the 10-year anniversary event. All of the main-stage acts are gold. Obviously the main headliners, Dawes, Tank & The Bangas, and Tyler Childers are can’t-miss, but Langhorne Slim, The Suffers, and My Brightest Diamond are making a really strong case to never leave the main stage. RnB even had one headliner up and cancel, and without skipping a beat, upgraded to Rayland Baxter.
The Return of Dave Eggar
The Mayor of Rhythm N’ Blooms, Dave Eggar will be back this year with both Holler Jake and Cellogram. For the uninitiated, Eggar is a cello virtuoso who has lent his talents to all kinds of big-time acts including Frank Ocean, Coldplay, Breaking Benjamin, and Evanescence. Also, he may at any point throughout the weekend be wearing a cape.
Obviously, we have to stay a little tight-lipped about the specifics of these Secret Shows. What we can tell you is that if you show up to these, your faith that these shows will be worthwhile will be rewarded. Don’t be surprised to see a headliner turn up at one of these secret shows.
What are some under-the-radar acts that could be my new favorite band?
According to Chyna Brackeen, Rainbow Girls are a hit at West Coast festivals. After checking out some of their videos, it’s only a matter of time until their infectious live performances and gripping hooks and harmonies make them a hit this side of the Mississippi as well.
Last time Jubal played this fest, it was a two-person folk duo. Things have progressed. It’s now a full-band and for their festival sets, they’ve enlisted a horn section, and let me tell ya, you want to catch this Knoxville band.