Rock out on Mondays

A new concert series at the Capitol Theater is starting and planners are hoping to change people’s attitude about Mondays. Capitol Theater owner Heath Claiborne said that beginning Feb. 2, the Monday Rocks concert series will feature a different band each week. “We have four different bands that will each come once a month,” he said.

Claiborne said all four bands have 10 people in them and have horns, guitar and drums and play 1950s-60s rock and 60s and 70s soul, Motown and beach band music. “They can basically do it all and it’s all up tempo good dance music,” he said.

The featured bands include: Flashback, Boys Night Out, Soul Connection and Kafeen.

“Monday Rock has been designed to where there’s no alcohol and it’s for all ages. It’s going to be every Monday from 7 until 10 p.m.,” Claiborne said. “We’re going to pop popcorn free with every ticket.”

Tickets are always $10 in advance and can be bought on-line and are $12 at the door and it’s $5 for children age 12 and under. Go online at bookthecapitol.com for information.

Claiborne said the idea for the series started when Flashback founder Ray Brooks approached him about doing a concert series. “Monday night was our least used night,” he said.

Monday night also was the night that the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra had visited and that had proven to be a good show. “It was successful. It made us think, ‘Can we do something on Monday?’ We wanted to change the perception of Monday,” Claiborne said. “That’s why we called it Monday Rocks.”

Claiborne said he made it family friendly to appeal to a larger audience. “We wanted to keep it a place where people didn’t have to drive to Knoxville and hear good music and enjoy a nice big dance floor,” he said. “We wanted to say we’re going to have a good time and celebrate music. It’s the best way to get people together and have fun.”

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