Tomato Head becomes entertainment venue

The Tomato Head in Maryville will periodically be bringing to Maryville unique, compelling, and thought-provoking performances and viewings that may not otherwise have access to a public stage in Blount County.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, live jazz will be presented from 3 to 5 p.m. Percussionist Jeremy Cox will bring a small ensemble to perform, with featured guests sitting in as availability permits.

The Tomato Head is smoke-free and offers healthy lunch and dinner fare. Families with children are invited to experience the live music and healthy food.

Nov. 30, Tommy Bateman & The Thunder Thieves, featuring members of The Rockwells, Matgo Primo, and Christabel and The Jons, will make their first public appearance since a benefit for The Hellbender Press in April. They will debut several new songs. Opening the show will be Joseph and His Brothers, a vehicle for the talents of Joseph Gillenwater, formerly of The Royal Bangs. This free show begins no later than 9:30 p.m.

Saturday Dec. 1, The Tomato Head presents an evening of music by Blount County’s own Robinella. Robinella performs progressive and jazz-tinged bluegrass, standards, and pop songs which blend seamlessly together resulting in a unique and original musical experience. There will be a five dollar cover charge for this show, which starts at 9:30 p.m.

A variety show is in the planning stages for early 2008 which will showcase original choreography, music, and, potentially, a juggling unicyclist.

The Tomato Head in Maryville is located at 211 W. Broadway Ave. Call 865-981-1080 or e-mail brian@thetomatohead.com for more information.

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