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.

2017 Spring Series

All shows are 6:00 - 8:30 pm

March 31

Stacy Mitchhart Band

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

The Stacy Mitchhart Band is widely recognized as the best show in Nashville, as the house band for the famed Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar on historic Printer’s Alley for many years and also frequent appearances at B. B. King’s Blues Club. Known as the “Blues Doctor” and always “dressed to the nines”, the flamboyant entertainer has won the Albert King Award for Best Guitarist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and virtually every Blues award there is in Nashville. He has toured internationally and has had numerous television appearances on PBS, TBS, HBO, and Monday Night Football.

Food available from The Viet Grill.

April 14

Aftah Party

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

Formed in 2008, this 10-member band with 3-piece horn section is based out of Knoxville is known 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.

Food available from Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise.

April 21

Mac Arnold & Plateful O’ Blues

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

After their fantastic performance here last year, we are very pleased to bring Mac Arnold & Plateful O’ Blues back again. Here are a few highlights from Mac Arnold’s amazing resume. His first band included James Brown on piano. When Mac moved to Chicago, Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He even played bass on the Sanford & Son television show when he wasn't playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King. After retiring from show business for a while to be an organic farmer in his native South Carolina, Mac is back and going strong with his own band and a "plateful" of CDs.

Food available from M&J Catering.

April 28

Geoff Achison & The Soul Diggers

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

Geoff Achison is an award winning blues-roots artist from Australia known for his energetic live performances and unique guitar mastery. Achison's music has been compared favourably to Eric Clapton and the Allman Brothers Band having a solid foundation in the blues whilst embracing a variety of electric & acoustic styles. His songwriting is original and thoughtful with a wry sense of humour reminiscent at times of Randy Newman, JJ Cale and Mose Allison. Achison is an all-round musician who delights in entertaining the crowd but has also been described as a 'guitarists guitarist'. He is one of those artists that can rock the house with brilliant intensity but also able to silence the crowd with beautiful, delicate phrasing. His music is firmly steeped in the blues but Achison also injects funk, soul, jazz and even classical styles into the mix. He calls it 'Bluesic' meaning that the blues provides the foundation for making all manner of sounds with the hope that the message gets through. 

Food available from TBA.

May 19

Dwight Hardin & Smooth Groove

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

The son of gospel singer, Ruth Hardin, a.k.a. “The Songbird of the South,” vocalist and percussionist, Dwight Hardin, has been on stage performing sense the age of seven. He has performed with/opened for such artists as, The Pointer Sisters, The Jacksons, Bootsy Collins, The Manhattans, B.T. Express, Eddie Floyd, The Original Eastwind and more. After a hiatus from performing professionally, Hardin is now picking up where he left off and is back singing and performing with various groups in Nashville, Knoxville, and the surrounding area, including tonight’s performance with Smooth Groove. Based in Blount County, Smooth Groove has been stirring up dance floors and entertaining East Tenneessee for over 14 years with classic R&B, soul, and funk. For nine of its ten year history, they have been the featured act at "Slimfest," the biggest annual outdoor party in Blount County. They have also performed at the “Foothills Fall Festival” and on the main stage for the Alcoa City “Freedom Festival.” Smooth Groove is comprised of "DZ" Woods (drums), Mike Hamer (bass), "Buffy" Heaton (keyboards & vocals), "Badge" Heaton (trumpet & vocals), Larry Ervin (saxophones, percussion & vocals), and Leonard Ervin (guitars & vocals).

Food available from TBA.



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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