Whiskey Myers returning to The Shed in 2021!

The Shed is so excited to announce that crowd favorites WHISKEY MYERS will be returning in 2021 to play not 1, but 2 huge shows! Mark your calendars for August 20 & 21, 2021!

Tickets for both shows go on sale this Friday, 9/4, at 10AM EST

Shed Archive: The Shed’s First Concert Season

Introducing The Shed’s Archive Series! We’re going to be exploring different articles, publications, and clips that trace The Shed’s history all the way from our humble beginnings to our record sold out shows! To start off the series, Steve Wildsmith and Scott Maddux have a conversation about the very first concert season at The Shed! Make sure to check out the pictures at the bottom to see what the stage looked like in the very beginning! Humble origins indeed…

PARTY ON THE HARLEY SHED: It’s all part of Scott Maddux’s rock ‘n’ roll fantasy
By Steve Wildsmith (Originally published in The Maryville Daily Times)

Scott Maddux doesn’t deny it — he’s a teenage boy at heart living out his dreams.

After all, not too many grown men get to play with motorcycles, listen to rock and blues music on the weekend and get paid for it all. Maddux does, and he’s sharing those two passions with the citizens of Blount County by opening up his motorcycle dealership, Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell, to the public every Saturday through October.

Granted, Maddux’s job isn’t all play, and the dealership is always open to the public. But on Saturdays, the covered stage next door to the main building lights up, the speakers crackle to life and musicians from across the country will be stopping by to play free concerts for anyone who wants to come by.

“I really have two passions when it comes to hobbies — one is motorcycles, and the second is music,” Maddux told The Daily Times this week. “I’ve been riding motorcycles from a very early age, and I started playing music, taking lessons and things like that, from a very early age. Those are two things that are very close to me and pretty much at the core of who I am.”

`”When I started looking at becoming a motorcycle dealer, part of my model was a way to incorporate those two things into one business. I knew I wasn’t going to become a professional athlete, and it looked like being a professional musician wasn’t going to pan out either, so selling motorcycles was third on my list.”

Maddux and his wife, Monet, first opened Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in 2004, and from the outset, Maddux knew that music was going to be part of the grand design. Occupying the former location of Lowe’s hardware store, the main building has 19,000 square feet of retail space housing more than $500,000 in Harley-Davidson brand parts, accessories and general merchandise.

Sitting on 7.2 acres, the site features 18 service bays, several wash bays where travelers can stop to clean “road grime” off their bikes and a 15,000-square-foot outdoor pavilion complete with barbecue pits. Known as “The Shed,” the pavilion is where the concerts take place.

“I found the property, and we said this was perfect,” he said. “When it was the Lowe’s building, that area was used for the lumber shed, so what we did was box it in and build a stage, because I knew I wanted to have permanent lighting and sound in place. I wanted to make it as easy as possible to set up and get going.”

After The Daily Times wrote about the dealership’s opening at the end of last summer, a local cyclist stopped by — Mark Akers, a veteran of the music industry. From that meeting, Maddux said, a partnership was born.

“He told me he was into the same things I was and that he wanted to help us out,” Maddux said. “We started talking about what equipment we had between us, and together, we had as good a sound system as you would expect in any high-end club.”

“Now, Mark kind of acts as director, managing all the sound and lighting, and he’s helped us fill in the blanks as far as our equipment and lighting needs went. He helped build the stage that we have, and he’s constantly working to improve that.”

“The Shed” is more than just a covered pavilion. Maddux has gone to great lengths to give it a warm, weathered feel. He’s torn down an old barn on his great-grandfather’s property in Buffalo Valley and used a lot of the wood for the pavilion, and he just won online a 6-foot brass chandelier that used to hang in a Memphis hotel.

“We’re going to hang that in there, because I really want to have a place that really feels like what you would expect in a good theater,” Maddux said. “We’re working on a very rustic feel, and I’d also like for it to look dated, like an old blues shed or barn.”

With the venue ready to go, all Maddux needed was the musicians. At a show at Brackins in downtown Maryville, he met blues artist Jason Ricci, who passed along the name and number of a promoter out of Colorado. Maddux subsequently hooked up with him and started booking national acts.

“I try to book national touring acts, and what we’ve started doing is trying to book well-known local acts to play ahead of them,” Maddux said. “We try to have a good diversity of music. Basically, because I’m a fan of the blues and blues-inspired rock ‘n’ roll, we tend to lean in that direction a little more, but I can see as it progresses extending it to a Sunday afternoon and letting that focus be on something regional, like bluegrass or folk.

“The other possibility is using the venue beyond the concert series. We hosted the Smoky Mountain Blues Festival two weeks ago, but unfortunately, the bad weather didn’t get us the turnout we hoped. But we’re still going to keep at it. Right now, one of the local radio stations has contacted us and wants to book a national recording act, and for our anniversary at the first of September, I’m working to try and book Big Head Todd and the Monsters.”

“That’s a direction I’d like to see us go,” he added. “I’d like to see that side of our facility have its own image, its own customer base and its own following. I want people to understand that it’s not something just for motorcyclists and Harley riders — it’s about the music.”

Obviously, the motorcycle side of the business appeals to the biker crowd, but Maddux emphasized that the concert series is geared toward family. With barbecue pits on site, food is sold, and since the pavilion is covered, the concerts go on even if it rains.

“If it rains, it doesn’t stop us from having a good show,” Maddux said. “The turnout is continuing to grow every week. I’m as proud of what we’ve got going on over here as I am what we’ve done in the dealership. The artists we’ve booked rave about the quality of the sound, and we’ve not had a single artist who’s come out here yet who’s not asked us to come back and play.”

“It’s something we offer free, because I want to give something to our customer base and give them something to do on a Saturday night, but I guess the essence of it is that I just really like it. It’s open to anyone and definitely not something families should be intimidated to bring their kids to — it’s not a rough, redneck, stereotypical biker gathering. As far as everybody is concerned, chances are, if you go out to “The Shed” on a Saturday night, you’re going to see an act that’s going to be really top-notch.”

“Party on the Patio” Summer Concert Series 2005

WHEN: 7 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 29

WHERE: Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell, 1820-B W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville

SCHEDULE

Saturday: Blue Mother Tupelo

June 4: The Doug Shock Band at 4 p.m. with The Dixie Werewolves at 7 p.m.

June 11: Harmonica Red

June 18: The MacDaddies

June 25: Ethic with Porter-Davis

July 2: Jason Ricci

July 9: Jobe Blues Band

July 16: to be announced

July 23: The MacDaddies

July 30: Blue Mother Tupelo

Aug. 6: The Rockin’ Jake Band

Aug. 13: Jobe Blues Band

Aug. 20: Fresh Picked

Aug. 27: The MacDaddies

Sept. 3: Jason Ricci

Sept. 17: Todd Wolfe

Sept. 24: Brian Lee

Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29: TBA

The Shed is looking towards 2021! 2020 Concerts Canceled

Hey Shed fans! It has been a hard year here and unfortunately there is just no way we will be able to have any concerts given all of the circumstances surrounding large scale events. However, we do have a lot of great things already lined up for 2021 and hope to make it the biggest year yet! See below to see how the following shows will be affected-

-Black Stone Cherry on 9/4/20 will now be moved to 5/29/21! All tickets purchased for this show will be good for the new date! An email with updated tickets was sent out this morning!

-The Kentucky Headhunters on 9/5/20 will now be moved to 9/4/21! All tickets purchased for this show will be good for the new date! An email with updated tickets was sent out this morning!

-Big Gun on 9/26/20 is canceled and all tickets are being automatically refunded. Don’t miss Big Gun kicking off the 2021 season in April!

-7 Bridges on 10/3/20 will now be moved to 4/17/21! All tickets purchased for this show will be good for the new date! An email with updated tickets was sent out this morning!

-American Floyd on 10/10/20 is canceled and all tickets are being automatically refunded.

-Departure on 10/17/20 is moving to 4/10/21! All tickets purchased for this show will be good for the new date! An email with updated tickets was sent out this morning!

-Pandora’s Box on 10/24/20 is canceled and all tickets are being automatically refunded. Be on the lookout for Pandora’s Box to be at the Shed in October 2021!

-Halloween featuring Skankbanger on 10/31/20 is canceled and all tickets are being automatically refunded. Skankbanger will be playing out Halloween show in 2021!

If you have tickets to one of the rescheduled shows and can not attend, you can request a refund by emailing info@theshedtickets.com with your order information. Refund requests are available until Friday 8/21/20. If you still want to support the Shed, be sure to stop by the Smokehouse for lunch or dinner or check out the shows on sale for 2021! Thank you all so much for understanding, we are completely bummed to. Onto the greener grass of 2021!

Blackberry Smoke to play TWO weekends in 2021!

Hey Brothers and Sisters, we’re proud to announce that Blackberry Smoke is going to be headlining not one, but TWO huge weekends at The Shed in 2021!

Our currently scheduled shows for September 18 and 19 will now be postponed to May 7 and 8 and two new shows on May 14 and 15 are ON SALE NOW!

If you have tickets to September 18, your tickets are good for May 7. If you have tickets to September 19, your tickets are now good for May 8. New tickets to both of these shows will be emailed to all ticket buyers today to reflect the correct date!

However, we understand that a change of schedule does not work for everyone, so if you need a refund, you can email info@theshedtickets.com with your order information and request a refund. We can not however transfer the tickets to any other shows. Refund requests will be available until Friday August 14, 2020.

All VIP Meet and Greets as well as tickets for the Roll Out Charity Motorcycle Ride this year will be refunded this week. New announcements will be made on both soon. Please email orders@blackberrysmoke.com for any issues.

We plan to have more events and music during the week between the Blackberry Smoke concerts, so keep your eyes open! We’re looking ahead to greener pastures, see ya in 2021!

August 2020 Concerts Moving to 2021 or Being Cancelled

Hey Shed Fans!

To continue our due diligence, we are going to continue to abide by the Governor’s orders for Tennessee through August and cancel all of our shows. Details for each show affected is below, some are being postponed until 2021. We have worked closely with each band to make this decision and truly believe this is what is the safest option for our community. We express our apologies for the inconvenience and disappointment, as we too are bummed about 2020. We hope to come out of this as soon as it is safe to do so.

Ward Davis on 8/1/2020 will now be rescheduled to 8/7/2021.

The Cadillac Three on 8/7/2020 will now be rescheduled to 8/14/2021.

Koe Wetzel on 8/8/2020 is being postponed to 2021. Once we have a new date, we will email ticket buyers with the info and allow for refund requests.

Ray Wylie Hubbard on 8/14/2020 is canceled. All tickets are being automatically refunded.

Colt Ford on 8/15/2020 is being postponed to 7/31/2021.

JJ Grey on 8/21/2020 is being canceled. All tickets are being automatically refunded.

Jackyl on 8/22/2020 is being postponed to 8/21/21.

If you have tickets to one of the rescheduled shows and can not attend the new date, you can email info@theshedtickets.com with your order information and request a refund. All refund requests must be made by 7/24/20.

The Cadillac Three Postponing Tour to 2021

 

Originally scheduled to appear at The Shed on 8/7/2020, The Cadillac Three will now postpone that show until 8/14/2021. If you can not attend the new date, email info@theshedtickets with your order information to request a refund. Refund requests must be submitted prior to end of day on 7/24/20

July 2020 Shows Canceled

Hey Shed Fans,

Well gang, in light the Governor’s order to limit social gatherings, as well as concerns expressed by some of the artists and crew, we are canceling our July concerts.

We apologize to all the fans ready to resume our concert schedule; and like you, we are disappointed. We were looking forward to being able to celebrate live music again. However, at this time, we feel this action is appropriate to best care for our staff, our bands, and our community.

Tickets that have been purchased for these shows will be automatically refunded to you. You should see them in your accounts within the next 14 days.

On a brighter side, The Shed is still open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and we will extend our hours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 8:00 PM. We have a large outdoor patio and hope you will visit us for some of the best Southern BBQ and the coldest drinks in town (we will also be playing shows from past seasons on our screens to help you get your Shed fix).

Finally, Food Truck Thursday will still happen this week! She Rides Moto and the Black Dragon Breakdown are still on for this weekend and the Cannonball Run is still a go for July 18. We plan to resume our schedule in concert August.

-The Shed

The Steel Woods Add Another Night!

A second night of The Steel Woods has been added to make it a full weekend of incredible music!

Due to high demand and our capacity restrictions with Covid 19, The Steel Woods have added another night to make it a full weekend at The Shed!

Them Dirty Roses will be here to kick off the show as well as JB Strauss & The ‘Bacco House!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

New 2020 Schedule!

Take a look at the new 2020 Concert Schedule!
We kick off shows again next month!
Tickets on sale now!

NOTE: St. Paul and The Broken Bones originally scheduled show for August 29 is unfortunately not going to be able to take place. All orders have been refunded.

The Cadillac Three are coming back to The Shed!

That’s right, The Cadillac Three are making their long awaited return to The Shed!

Don’t miss their show coming up on  August 7th!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! CLICK HERE TO BUY!