Mark & Alan's Birthday Bash at the Birdhouse Knoxville, TN
Civil Strife is #OntheMove in #Winter2020! But we're playing our hometown of Knoxville for this birthday celebration for Alan Garcia and Mark Kennedy! Alan's birthday is February 1st and Mark's birthday is January 24th, so we're celebrating them together on the 31st with our friends in the music community at Birdhouse Knoxville! This will also be our first ALL AGES show of 2020 in Knoxville!
Opening for us first at 8 PM will be GREG OWENS (Greg Owens and the Whiskey Weather) from Nashville, TN!
More about Greg Owens:
Greg Owens grew up in a small rural town in West Tennessee just 80 miles North of Memphis. The youngest of four siblings, Greg often spent hours making mix tapes of their CD collections. Inspired by the songs of the nineties featuring The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Alice In Chains, Greg started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 10. By 16, he was packing out local dive bars where the bartenders made a habit of over-serving, and the local meth dealer would set up shop in the bathroom. It was on that stage engulfed in cigarette smoke and the attention of the riotous bar patrons that Greg felt he had purpose. Owens much preferred this atmosphere to the football games and church activities that many of his peers participated in. It was also during this time that the much older members of the band turned Greg on to Outlaw Country. It wasn’t uncommon in those early days for the young band’s set list to feature “Mama Tried” immediately followed by Nirvana’s “Rape Me”.
Now, 15 years later, it’s these influences that shape the sound of the pensive singer/songwriter’s new EP, You Can’t Change the Man. The 6 song EP was produced by Jon Estes (Steelism, Sadler Vaden) at The Bomb Shelter Studio in East Nashville. “Jon and I hit it off the first time we met when we bonded over our favorite Ryan Adams album, Cold Roses,” Greg explains. “From that moment, I knew he was the guy to produce the record.” Sonically, the project leans heavily on elements of Americana made most notable by Spencer Cullum Jr.’s (Steelism, Miranda Lambert) brilliant pedal steel. Greg’s longtime friend, Taylor Lonardo (Dylan McDonald and the Avians), takes up bass duties. This cast is also joined by inimitable drummer Julian Dorio (The Whigs, Eagles of Death Metal) to bring to fruition a rhythm section strongly rooted in rock. The sound is rounded out by Owens’ weathered voice that breezes through the confessional lyrics over equal parts earthy acoustic guitar and overdriven electric. Lyrically, the project deals with themes such as, love, alienation, and coming to terms with change; whether it is good or bad. Although these are not uncommon themes, it’s the authenticity of the songwriter’s lyrics that is unique. The compositions feel very lived in, as if Greg is inviting you into his life. In regards to the opening lyric, it’s not so much a question of if Greg Owens missed the train, it’s where will he take it, and if you will come along for the ride.
Second on the line-up at 9:15 PM is LAUREN BEELER (Lauren Beeler Music) from Tazewell, TN!
More about Lauren Beeler:
Lauren Beeler is a musician from East Tennessee whose newest single Honey’s Gone Bad was released on November 15th, 2019 and has drawn a lot of interest. Her first two albums, Dixie Plaza and Lauren & the Howlers were released in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Lauren has been playing guitar since the age of nine and has developed a unique playing style merging 90’s alternative with pop. Influenced largely by The Cardigans, Fiona Apple, Moby, and Fleetwood Mac she blends the tones of rock and alt-pop.
Since the release of her first album, Dixie Plaza, Lauren has toured through the South East playing everywhere from bars to listening rooms to large music festivals. She shared the stagewith large touring acts by opening up for Larkin Poe, Cody Canada, and Goodbye June. She always draws the audience in with her stage presence.
These artists are traveling a long way to share their music with our community, so come show support for these artists from different parts of the great musical state of Tennessee! It's $5 to enter and ALL AGES! Please tip the artists if you can! Guests 21+ may BYOB because there isn't any alcohol for sale at this event. Please bring your ID and make sure to be responsible with your drinks! The doors open at 7 PM so that guests can get ready for the first performance before it starts!