The Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival returned to Knoxville this past weekend for another weekend of amazing music and non-stop fun.
On Friday, things started off on the right foot with Nikki Lane and Dave Barnes performing on the Cripple Creek Stage. The area around the Cripple Creek Stage was like its own little village. It was filled with a handful of food trucks such as Captain Muchacho’s, Savory and Sweet, Holy Smokin BBQ and a Yee-Haw Brewing pop-up shop with t-shirts, posters, and of course, Yee-Haw beer available. The stage at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria was a good time all night long, with bands such as Wild Ponies, Birds of Chicago, and Dave Eggar taking the stage and putting on unforgettable performances.
Saturday was just as jam-packed with artists to see. Starting early in the day, local band Night Colors played a set at Jackson Terminal. Night Colors’ synth-pop sound is remarkable, and while I had already seen them at local venues a few times, this performance was one of their best and was sure to gain them some new fans. At the main stage, Lee Fields & The Expressions put on a fantastic performance before Gogol Bordello showcased one of the most energetic live performances that I have ever seen. Nearly everyone around the Cripple Creek stage couldn’t help but dance along (myself included).
Sunday was the last day of the festival but had just as many artists to see as the prior two days. Josiah & The Greater Good put on a stellar performance at The Pilot Light, while artists such as Peak Physique, Handsome & The Humbles, and Pale Root played at Boyd’s Jig & Reel throughout the day.
Headliner Young the Giant closed out the Cripple Creek stage on Sunday night with a performance that had the whole crowd moving. They played their hits such as “Cough Syrup” & “Something To Believe In” before closing with the insanely energetic “My Body”. It was an outstanding set that gave the main stage the send-off it deserved.
Afterwards, the festival concluded with a secret show from The Black Lillies at Barley’s, followed by a set from The Royal Hounds. Both sets were outstanding, ending the festival in the perfect way.
There was so much good music to see that it was hard to catch everything. But no matter what artist I decided to stop in and see, I found myself having a great time and consistently being amazed by the amount of diverse talent that the festival had to offer.
For more information on next year’s Rhythm N Blooms festival happening April 6-8, 2018, head to http://www.rhythmnbloomsfest.com/