After playing in downtown Dandridge for an hour yesterday, I head to Knoxville and got there around 11:30. I went to Market Square and there was a Farmer’s Market going on in the the middle of it, I arrived at the perfect time. I walked through, to the center of the market and asked if it would be okay to play. The woman said yes. I went off to the side and set up and got started around 11:45. It was a great spot, lots of people and they were friendly. About an hour into my shift, I saw another man who was a busker. His name was Morgan and he plays the banjo. We talked for a few minutes and he has been all around the world. His favorite spot was Berlin, Germany! He had a gig there later in the evening. While I was talking to Morgan, a woman who had just done some shopping at the market, put a bag with some food in it. I was so grateful for that, it meant I didn’t have to buy lunch.
After my shift, I went to a coffee shop called Coffee and Chocolates to do my work. How wonderful, two of my favorite things in one spot! Though I refrained from the chocolate yesterday, there is no guarantee about today. Steph was working and she was cool. I talked to her for a few minutes and she was helpful.
I went to buy batteries for my camera so I could have some pictures to share, and I got back to Market Square around 5:45. I started playing and I knew I was going to be there for a while. It was a little slow at first but I thought if I started later, I wouldn’t get this spot. About 30-45 minutes later, other buskers started to come out. One man was doing a magic show and he got a decent crowd going a couple of times. From what I could see, they really enjoyed his show. I would like to have seen it but I was too far away. There were a couple other musicians who came out and set up on either end of the Square. It was certainly big enough so there was no issue. Very different than Nashville.
I played out there for just over 3 hours and had a most wonderful time. The people of Knoxville are kind and friendly. I spoke with several people throughout the night. Adam, a waiter who works at the restaurant I was playing outside of, came out to talk to me for a few minutes. He asked me how long I was in town and told me if I needed a place to stay, to let him know. In some aspects, the people here reminded me of the people in Montgomery, warm and welcoming. When I was done playing, I asked by several people when I was coming back. I told them I wasn’t sure, so this morning I decided to stay for a second day. I am thankful for the opportunity to go and play a second night in Knoxville.
I am also thankful to my brother for letting me stay at his house for the time I am here, it is great to see him and his family for more than one night!