City of Knoxville Tennessee Arts CommissionAmerican Alliance of Museum


Alive After Five

Knoxville’s Unique Live Music Experience

Live music, dancing, spirits, food and fun!

Museum members may save time and money by purchasing seasonal series Express Passes for Alive After Five. After 5:00 pm an Express Pass holder may bypass the line at the ticketing desk and enter the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall directly.

For more information about Alive After Five, contact Michael Gill, Alive After Five coordinator, at 865-934-2039, or mgill@knoxart.org.

2016 Winter Series

All shows are 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Doors open to the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall at 5:00 pm.

Winter series Express Passes (just $30 for all seven winter series shows) will be available for members at the ticket desk on January 8. Express Pass holders may bypass the ticket desk and enter the Ann & Steve Bailey Hall directly after 5:00 pm.

January 8

Aftah Party

  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 with Membership or student ID
  • Free for ages 17 and under

Formed in 2008, this 9-member band with 3-piece horn section is based out of Knoxville and has rapidly been gaining notoriety in their home town and surrounding areas for their high energy performances and large diverse crowds. The band draws inspiration from artists such as Stevie Wonder, P-Funk, Jimi Hendrix, Chaka Khan, Prince, and Erykah Badu to name a few. In 2009, they released their debut album “Welcome To Tha Aftah Party,” an eclectic blend of soul, jazz, blues, and funk. In 2010 Aftah Party won Knoxville's first annual “Sound Off Competition” and the opportunity to perform at “Sundown in the City” on Market Square.

Food available from Qdoba Mexican Grill.

January 15

Wallace Coleman Band

  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 with Membership or student ID
  • Free for ages 17 and under

A native of Morristown, TN, Wallace Coleman was captivated by blues music as a young boy listening to Nashville’s WLAC on the radio. Coleman left Tennessee in 1956 to find work in Cleveland, Ohio, and, to his delight, an active blues community where Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, B.B. King and others that he had heard on the radio came to perform live. A self-taught musician, Coleman was playing harmonica in Guitar Slim’s band when he caught the ear of Robert Lockwood, Jr., stepson of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. He played in Lockwood’s band for ten years and performed on the Grammy nominated CD "I Gotta Find Me A Woman." Coleman formed his own band in 1997, and his fifth CD, “Blues in the Wind”, is a tribute to Lockwood.

Food available from M&J Catering.

January 22

Tennessee Sheiks

  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 with Membership or student ID
  • Free for ages 17 and under

The Tennessee Sheiks is an acoustic swing band led by mandolin maestro, Don Cassell, and singer, Nancy Brennan Strange, who have performed together in an assortment of bands for over twenty years and with the Sheiks, along with original member and gypsy jazz-style guitarist Don Wood, for eleven years. New members, bassist Grant Parker, guitarist Barry “Po” Hannah, and Ken Wood on percussion, have injected new blood into the musical chemistry that makes this band special.

Food available from Bridgewater Place.

January 29

“Tribute to the R&B Classic Hits, Part 3” ​​​​​​​​featuring Evelyn Jack & Donald Brown

  • $15 General Admission
  • $10 with Membership or student ID
  • Free for ages 17 and under

Evelyn Jack and Donald Brown and their outstanding band return for a 3rd installment to what has become a series of “Tributes to the R&B Classic Hits. Their first “Tribute” in November, 2014, focused on the music of Donny Hathaway, and it was such a success, they followed up with tribute to a variety of R&B performers last summer that was also very well received. With a veritable cornucopia of R&B classic hits to delve into, this “Tribute” is sure to be another spectacular evening of music!

Food available from Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise.

February 5

“Fat Friday Mardi Gras” with Roux Du Bayou

  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 with Membership or student ID
  • Free for ages 17 and under

Led by Paul Gregoire from Dulac, Louisiana, Roux du Bayou plays authentic cajun, zydeco, swamp pop, mardi gras music, and more. Their high energy style has brought them repeated engagements at a variety of venues all across the country. The band has been together for fifteen years, and in 2010, they won the prestigious 1st Runner-Up award in the category Prix de Hors Nous, for best cajun band outside of Louisiana, from the Cajun French Music Association. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple, gold, and/or lime green to add to the “Big Easy” merriment as we laissez les bontemps roulez!

Food available from Qdoba Mexican Grill.

February 12

The BlairXperience

  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 with Membership or student ID
  • Free for ages 17 and under

Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Larry Blair’s wide range of vocals has been described by many as” velvety and sultry”. Blair started his musical career as one of the lead vocalists in a group he and his brothers formed called “The Blair Brothers”, becoming well known in many local circuits. Blair and his brothers gained recognition and popularity and was the opening acts for such artist as Ray Charles, The Four Tops, Sha-Na – na, Jerry Reed, Tony Orlando, and Marie Osmond. He later formed a solo project which evolved into the current BlairXperience which has a range of music that is endless, from Pop, Gospel, R&B, Blues, Jazz, and Top 10 chart busters.

Food available from Jackie’s Dream.

February 26

“Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues” featuring Crystal Shawanda

  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 with Membership or student ID
  • Free for ages 17 and under

The winter series of AA5 concludes with a tribute to Ida Cox, born on February 25, 1894, and is buried in Knoxville’s New Grey Cemetery, after living the last two decades of her life here. We are delighted to have Crystal Shawanda and her band perform for this occasion. Now based in Nashville, she is a Native American from Ontario. After enjoying considerable success as a country music artist, winning numerous awards and signing with RCA Records, her songwriting and performing began evolving as she followed her heart to blues and soul. Her new CD, “The Whole World’s Got the Blues,” released in 2014, finds her career smack dab in the middle of the blues. With a powerful and alluring voice, this Canadian Aboriginal beauty has a stage presence that is capturing the hearts of audiences all across the continent.

Food available from The Viet Grill.



Museum members may purchase seasonal series Express Passes. Save money by purchasing seasonal series Express Passes for Alive After Five. After 5pm an Express Pass holder may bypass the line at the ticketing desk and enter the Great Hall directly.

For more information about Alive After Five, contact Michael Gill, Alive After Five coordinator, at 865-934-2039, or mgill@knoxart.org.

Alive After Five is generously sponsored by:


Cherokee Distributing

Media Sponsors

Knoxville Mercury
WDVX
WJBE

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