Rhythm N Blooms artists to watch

By Marie Kolzow, Jam Band Director, and Sidney Roy, Indie Aisle Host

The annual Rhythm N Blooms Festival embodies Knoxville’s vibrant music scene.

This year’s festival on April 6-8 will feature performances from popular acts like Dr. Dog, Deer Tick, Paul Thorn’s Mission Temple Fireworks Revival and more. Along with nationally recognized headliners, the 2018 Rhythm N Blooms lineup includes local and up-and-coming artists worth checking out.

One of the local artists performing at Rhythm N Blooms is Knoxville’s own Andy Wood. Having previously played in bands Down From Up and Rascal Flatts, Andy Wood is a guitarist and mandolinist with a wide range of musical talents. He continuously blends different genres in his performances with heavy bluegrass, rock and jazz influences. Attendees will have chances to catch Andy Wood on Saturday for an acoustic set at Boyd’s Jig & Reel and Sunday at Jackson Terminal.      

Photo courtesy of Andy Wood

If you’re looking for something beyond the main stage, look no further than local favorites Sweet Years. Originally named Zack and Kota’s Sweet Life, the band renamed and seemed to take on a new life in 2016, as official releases and subsequent tours followed. Their two EPs are an infectious blend of punk and noise pop. The band regularly packs local haunts, like The Pilot Light and The Birdhouse, with rowdy hometown shows. For their appearance at Rhythm N Blooms, they will hit the Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria stage at 9:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Sweet Years

The festival will also include some Nashville local flavor from nine-piece funk group, LUTHI. Known for their high energy performances, LUTHI will undoubtedly bring a dance party anywhere they go. Their captivating vocals and dynamic sound, including genres like blues, soul, R&B and psychedelic dance fusion, makes them appeal to a variety of different listeners. LUTHI will be bringing two sets of “Cumberland Funk” to Jackson Terminal and Barley’s Taproom on Saturday for a dance party that will last late into the night, so wear boogie shoes.

Photo courtesy of LUTHI

Becca Mancari continues to get more and more attention from the Nashville music scene. Originally from Staten Island, Mancari’s raw talent and appreciation for Americana has landed her spots performing with Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, in their band Bermuda Triangle. Mancari has since released solo album “Good Woman” and toured with folk trio Joseph. Her honest songwriting stays true to southern roots, and her distinct personality is included in the sounds of her refreshing songs. Mancari will perform two intimate sets at Jackson Terminal and Pretentious Beer Co. on Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Becca Mancari

Although Rhythm N Blooms has many prominent leading headliners to be excited about, it would not be a Knoxville festival without showing love to local and up-and-coming artists. Knoxville’s lively and relevant music scene will promise exceptional performances throughout the entire weekend.

To hear these and other bands, check out the Rhythm N Blooms Festival in Knoxville’s Old City, April 6-8.