Contrasting Concerts in the Other Music City
This entry was posted on October 16, 2015.
Or Wednesday - Violin Purse, Thursday - Guitar Purse
Yes, Knoxville considers itself the Other Music City. Dolly Parton had her first radio performance here at age 10, and now...well, we have music ranging from Cruz Contreras and The Black Lillies, concerts of all music genres coming from UT Knoxville to The Trillium Trio and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Gabriel Lefkowitz performing his Concertmaster Series.
Wednesday NIght Violin Purse--------------------------------------------Thursday Night Guitar Purse
Wed.: Gabriel Lefkowitz and Co. - Violin, Piano, Cello performing demanding pieces by Kreisler, Mendelssohn, Beethoven that I myself, could never tire of listening to. I have to admit, I am often expecting to nap during Beethoven, but with the Kreutzer Sonata - you're on the edge of your seat in joy!
Thurs.: Maddie and Tae - on tour from the Music City performing their own songs and others like Fleetwood Mac, "Landslide". The audience mostly all standing, often singing along and waving hands in the air, screaming and constant photo snaps.
Both Mr. Lefkowitz and the singing duo are very gracious and personable.
Wed.: Mr. Lefkowitz always has fun introductions to his music whether it is a count of the 40,000 notes in 2 minutes of a song or conflicts between composers and critics. He is not only at the top of his field in violin, but he composes music for video games and so much more! This concert series is a Knoxville secret treasure.
Thurs.: The new young celebrities said they wrote 200 songs in the last 5 years. As I stood in line for the after concert meet and greet, I listened to a Cotton Eyed Joe photographer and fans talk about how super sweet and wholesome these singers and their songs are.
Venue, Audience and Dress
Both performances were $15, had a similar size audience and served alcohol.
Wed.: Knoxville Museum of Art. The audience was heavy on the over 50 age range, and included many local professional musicians. Women were dressed in their best. There were 3 men dressed in a Bohemian Style. I am now sorry that I didn't take photographs!
Thurs.: Cotton Eyed Joe in West Knoxville. The audience age was from 3 to 70. Many parents brought their (young) teens, and many parents even came for their teens to get autographs! A number of young parents had their 3 year olds on their shoulders during the concert. Mostly Bohemian and cowboy/cowgirl boots. A few cowboy hats.
And just in case you were wondering what Mr. Lefkowitz looks like, here is his photo from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra site. Perhaps a photo lifted from facebook would have portrayed his fun personality better!
So long from the other Music City.