Hector Qirko Band

Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Voted Knoxville’s “Best of the Best — Favorite Local Music Group” and on twelve separate occasions, voted the “Best Local Blues Band” by Metro Pulse’s annual reader poll, the Hector Qirko Band will be performing at the historic Palace Theatre in Crossville on Friday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m.

There are just two concerts remaining in the Palace Theatre’s Friday Night Rockin'’ Blues series. All fans of great live music, and especially fans of the blues, owe it to themselves to experience these performances in this wonderful setting.

According to one recent Rockin'’ Blues concert attendee, “We have visited the area twice this summer and each time the highlight of our visit has been attending concerts at the Palace. The people of Crossville should be proud of their beautiful theater and of the high caliber of both the jazz and blues artists we’ve seen perform there.”

The Hector Qirko Band continues this trend of exceptionally talented musical artists performing on the stage of Crossville’s Main Street Theatre. This blues band, which sites influences ranging from Latin America to rockabilly, will be bringing its own blend of “world blues” to this concert series. The Hector Qirko (pronounced Kirk-o) Band formed in Knoxville in 1985 and is composed of Hector Qirko, guitar and vocals; Dirk Weddington, sax; Jim Williams, bass; and Steve Brown, drums.

Qirko was born in New York City and raised in various countries in South America. He is a professor of anthropology at the University of Tennessee where he splits his time as a researcher and a teacher. He describes his band as “…loosely speaking, a blues band, although because we tend to throw into the mix a lot of other styles of music, including even the occasional polka, maybe we play “World Blues,” or “Pan-Americana,” or something. But the blues – electric, Chicago-style blues in particular – are at the core of what we do.”

The saxophone player, Dirk Weddington, started in the music business by playing honky-tonks at the age of 13. The music was rockabilly and country. By 1969, he had performed alongside Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis. His music performances evolved to salsa and country when he played with salsa giants Charlie Palmieri and Tito Puente and eventually toured with a 14-piece Haitian band before joining the Hector Qirko Band in 1985.

Jim Williams grew up in the midst of the sounds of his hometown Memphis. He brings Memphis-style blues as well as a lot of country music experience to the band.

Knoxvillian Steve Brown, rounds out the band on the drums. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee’s great jazz and studio music program and has performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

Promoters of "Down Home," a music venue in Johnson City, said the Hector Qirko Band is “undoubtedly four of the finest musicians to grace our stage. Not just another blues band. Not just another rock band. Not just another jazz band. They play all these styles and more. But regardless of the direction they take, each and every musical path is truly exceptional. Words are not enough.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy this “high caliber” musical talent right here on the stage of the Palace Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7.50 for children 12 and under and can be purchased in advance at the Palace. For more event information, visit

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