This year’s applications are now closed. Applicants should have received word on our decision no later than March 15th.
Entertainers are spread throughout the festival in busker fashion. Musicians perform acoustic sets with no sound systems. Festival goers are encouraged to show their support with monetary donations. You can find information about just some of the folks we’ve lined up for this year’s EarthFest below!
Terrapin Quartet is a Jazz-Funk band made up of 4 Jazz majors from UTK. They play different types of jazz including Swing, Latin, and Funk.
Turnaround Norman is comprised of three local Knoxville musicians, with influences ranging from Contemporary to Early American Blues and Jazz, Classical Baroque, and World Music.
They define “contemplative Americana” as music to be enjoyed by everyday people but especially those open to big questions. They strive for fresh melodies and interesting instrumentation that are enjoyable and fun to listen to. At the same time, their co-writing explores the human possibilities for meaning and connection in a world of both beauty and brokenness.
Both Diane and Guy-Larry played with other musical projects long before starting to write and perform together in 2017. Diane studied music composition at Davidson College and performed in coffee houses around Charlotte and Boulder, CO. In addition she has pursued an interest in varieties of Indian music for a number of years. Guy-Larry currently also performs with The Emancipators / subversive hootenanny, mostly for peace and nonprofit groups and events around East Tennessee. In the 1990s he was a member of the AMPs, a local assemblage of “absent minded professors” who played folk and rock cover tunes from the ’60s and ’70s. Since combining their talents they have played Knox-area venues including Folk@Fourth, Rock to Bach (Oak Ridge Civic Music Association), and Social Justice Day at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, among others. Diane and Guy-Larry have been writing songs since their college years and have released previous recordings on their own. They expect to release their first album of co-written material in mid-2018.
Shayla McDaniel seamlessly blends hints of jazz with alternative pop. The Knoxville singer-songwriter has performed at Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, the Cre865 Showcase, Women in Jazz Jam Festival, and live on-air at WUTK 90.3 FM, WDVX 89.9 FM, and WOZO 103.9 FM. McDaniel has also caught the attention of the Knoxville Music Warehouse, who chose her song “I’ll Leave the Light On” as one of the top 16 songs from Knoxville artists in 2016. The following year, fans voted her Knoxville’s Favorite Band of 2017. McDaniel’s latest release “26 Letters” is now available, and she will continue to play local and regional shows for growing audiences.
3 Mile Smile was formed as an acoustic band by Becki Grace and Jeff Livingston in the spring of 2013. The band’s unique, soulful vocals with tasteful guitar highlights thoughtful lyrics. They released their debut CD in the Spring of 2015 and their sophomore CD “Live” in March 2018.
The Jaegers are an Americana–Jazz group from East Tennessee. Core members are multi-instrumentalist father-son duo Jesse and Bruce Yeager, who combine differing but complementary styles of music into a rich blend of entertainment.
Thomas performs the classic songs of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s that you already know and love. During the Knoxville World’s Fair, The Sunsphere called him the “Best Retro-Feel Good Entertainer in East Tennessee.” Inspired in earlier days by the creative music of those great eras, Thomas has kept those legendary memory songs and stories alive and delighting audiences now for over 30 years. With his freestyle, mastery of fingerstyle and rhythmic acoustic guitar, Thomas brings the familiar sounds and styles of artists like James Taylor, Cat Stevens, The Beatles, Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel, America, and so many more to audience that return again and again. When asked what his musical goals are, Thomas said: “If folks drive home with a nice memory in their heart pocket and a song stuck in their head, then we’ve all had a fabulous time together and I have had a fabulous career.” One thing is for sure, you will walk away from seeing and hearing him feeling good! To read more about Thomas, visit www.musicianthomas.com.