Does your doc rock? These do!

Dr. Mike Elliott is the front man for Whiskey Compass, which opened the evening’s festivities.

Hey, I like attending a fancy fundraiser at a swanky country club as much as the next person. But, sometimes, something a little different is what the doctor ordered! Case in point: Doc Rock, a battle of bands, whose members must include at least two physicians.

It was a couple of Saturdays ago at The Concourse, a relatively new location for the music venue in Northgate Plaza shopping center on North Broadway. Five bands played 45-minute sets and the audience voted for the winner. Each band played on behalf of a different medical charity — and the charities got the prize money, based on their sponsor band’s ranking in the votes. This fun annual event, sponsored by the Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance, has been happening since 2006.

Audience members could attend for $25 for the standing area. Or, you could drop $125 and get a VIP ticket which got you into an area with seating, food and a private bar. That seemed like the obvious choice to us.

Dr. Katherine Cameron, Knoxville’s first female urologist, performs with Whiskey Compass.

Whiskey Compass. Love the vibe! They were playing for Knoxville Area Project Access.

The crowd was into it!

Fun running into our friends Jenny and Larry Bushkell. She’s a hard-working volunteer with the Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance. He’s a doctor.

He didn’t get far from his phone that night. There was college basketball to monitor!

Our downtown neighbors Dr. Anthony Wilson, left, and Tyler Janow were on hand to support the next band, Dr. Zoster and the Pox.

They were playing on behalf of the Metro Drug Coalition.

Dr. Zoster and the Pox.

Our friend Alice Stuart, pictured here with my hubs, Alan Carmichael, plays cello with the Knoxville Symphony. She’s also a nurse practitioner with Covenant Health at Parkwest Medical Center. Our tables were next to each other.

Food in the VIP section was excellent. Provided by By the Tracks Catering.

Next band up was Remedy. Love their Band-Aid logo. And their slogan: Music for what ails you! They were playing for the Knoxville Family Justice Center.

Remedy’s Dr. Michael Flowers.

Dr. Marty Prince with Remedy is a pulmonologist by day.

The Trust Company of Tennessee was well represented. That’s Matt Prince, left, and Todd Kelly Jr. in the audience.

We also spotted Leann and Kevin Burris. He’s CEO of Premier Surgical Associates.

At 9:15, No Recall took the stage. You guessed it: anesthesiologists.

No Recall was playing for InterFaith Heath Clinic.

Dr. Mike and Sibby Flowers relaxing between sets.

Michelle Moyers, left, and Karen Pershing between sets. Karen is executive director of the Metro Drug Coalition, one of the evening’s beneficiaries.

This bar inside The Concourse is a tribute to the legendary venue’s previous location next to The International on Blackstock Avenue.

The final band, BBS, played in support of St. Mary’s Legacy Mobile Health Clinic. Love the T-shirt.


The evening’s emcee was Dr. Lytle Brown.

Alice Stuart with Dr. Marty Prince. And some crazy photo-bomber in the background!

Hmm. This sign was in every stall in the ladies’ room. Husband said there were no similar signs in the men’s room.

Thanks to Jenny Bushkell for taking this pic of Alan and me at the fun, fun event!

By the way, the evening’s winning band was Dr. Zoster and the Pox — and Metro Drug Coalition, their chosen beneficiary. But, frankly, everybody was a winner.

Here’s a snippet of Dr. Zoster and the Pox playing the B-52’s “Love Shack.”



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5 Responses to Does your doc rock? These do!

  1. Becky Tate, on February 9th, 2023 at 3:40 pm said:

    Love seeing all the Knoxville doctors! I have a cardiologist friend in an Austin, Texas band named “Natural Causes.” He’s originally from Knoxville.

  2. Cynthia Moxley, on February 9th, 2023 at 3:47 pm said:

    Becky: Oh, that’s hilarious!

  3. Alan Carmichael, on February 9th, 2023 at 3:51 pm said:

    Who knew docs could rock like that?

  4. Anne Dabbs, on February 9th, 2023 at 4:38 pm said:

    Thank you so much for your fun and supportive article! It was another great evening of entertainment for our worthy nonprofits. I hope the event continues for many years to come

  5. Cynthia Moxley, on February 9th, 2023 at 5:03 pm said:

    Anne: Congrats on a huge success! I know it was a tremendous amount of work, but it sure was fun!

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