Let there be (Girls) Rock!

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Local stars will align tonight at Girls Rock! for Girls Rock Camp at the Central Collective, 923 N. Central St.


The show starts at 7:15 p.m. with Cece Coakley, followed by Nayeema and then the sister act known and loved as the Pinklets, who announced their disbandment last summer. Admission is $10 at the door, and all money goes to support Knoxville Girls Rock Camp.

Knoxville Girls Rock Camp is a weeklong, intensive day camp for young women, transgender and gender non-conforming youth age 9-17 that provides instrument instruction and workshops, and supports young women in forming a band to collaboratively write a song and perform it together at a public showcase.

Knoxville Girls Rock Camp began in 2009 with workshops that introduced girls age 5 to 16 to guitar, bass, drums, vocals, turntables, MCing, electronics, simple repair, songwriting, collaboration, merchandising, recording and rock ’n’ roll. It is a member of the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance. Happy Anniversary, Girls!

Music with spirit

This is Holy Week for Christians, so churches all over town will have special musical programs on Sunday and even before.

St. John’s Cathedral Choir will present “The Passion According to St. John” by Estonian composer Arvo Part at noon Friday, April 19, at the cathedral, 413 Cumberland Ave. Standing-room only is expected, so plan to arrive early.

L’Esprit Creole maintenant

Dennis Stroughmatt with his band (From his website)

Sunday is Easter, so this weekend is a little more laidback than usual concert-wise, but the Laurel Theater has a treat that doesn’t involve a basket and searching for eggs.

L’Esprit Creole, led by fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt, will perform music of Old Louisiana at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20. The group specializes in the music of the French-speaking enclaves of the Ozarks and Midwest.

Stroughmatt studied with Old Mines, Missouri fiddlers Roy and Pete Boyer and Charlie Pashia. He is considered a leading interpreter of the style that evolved from the music brought to the area by early-18th-century French settlers.

Stroughmatt has performed at the Laurel previously with the likes of Morris Ardoin and Paul Gregoire & Roux du Bayou.

40-year-old ‘Wall’

Brit Floyd in action

If you’re too young to have experienced Pink Floyd in their heyday – or if you were there and just want to revisit them – check out Brit Floyd at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, at the Tennessee Theatre.

Billed as the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show, Brit Floyd will present a special 40th-anniversary celebration of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” released in November 1979. Highlights will include songs from “The Wall” as well as “The Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Animals” and more.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ticket info is here.

Theater notes

“One Slight Hitch,” a long-lost play by comedian Lewis Black, runs tonight through Sunday at Theatre Knoxville Downtown.  … “A Doll’s House, Part 2” has two more weekends at Flying Anvil Theatre in Rocky Hill. … “The Madwoman of Chaillot” starts April 24 and runs through May 12 at Clarence Brown Theatre.

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