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 Summer Series

All shows are 6:00 - 8:30 pm

June 23

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 vocal prowess ranges from velvety and sultry, to raw and soulful, and his stage presence is off the charts. He 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 were the opening acts for such artists 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, Soul.

Food available from Jackie’s Dream.

June 30

Devan Jones & The Uptown Stomp

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

East Tennessee native, Devan Jones, formed The Uptown Stomp in 2013. The 6-piece unit, with him on guitar and vocals, played a very swingin’ mix of vintage jazz and 1950s Chicago blues and grew rapidly in popularity right up until Devan left town in 2015 to seek his fortune in Austin, where he has assembled an Austin edition of The Stomp with similar instrumentation. We’re happy to have him back and reunited with the Knoxville edition: Hunter Deacon on drums, Clint Mullican on upright bass, Chuck Mullican on tenor/baritone sax, Joe Jordon on trumpet, and Matt Coker on piano and Hammond B-3 organ.

Food available from Gus’s Grill.

July 14

Tamara Brown: “Tribute to Amy Winehouse”

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

Multi-talented singer and instrumentalist, Tamara Brown, is no stranger to AA5, having performed here numerous times with Aftah Party and other groups as well, but this will be her first time as the featured performer. Earlier this year at The Red Piano Lounge, she performed her “Tribute to Amy Winehouse,” the 5-time Grammy Award winner who died tragically at a young. It was such a wonderful success, we just had to bring it to AA5. Backing her up is a sensational band, led by her husband, pianist and composer Keith Brown, and featuring Kenneth Brown on drums, David Slack on bass, Vance Thompson on trumpet, Will Boyd on saxophones, Jeremy Wright on guitar, and Cynthia Green on vocals.

Food available from Bridgewater Place.

July 21

Boys' Night Out

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

Boys’ Night Out was organized in 1983 with the goal of recreating the authentic performances of the Rhythm & Blues and Carolina beach music that had been extremely popular in the south during the late 1960s. They have provided musical back-up for R&B greats Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves a Woman), Archie Bell (Do the Tighten-Up), and Clifford Curry (She Shot a Hole in My Soul); and has opened shows for The Impressions, Marcia Ball, The Tams, B.J. Thomas, The Platters, and more. With the recent deaths of two prominent band members, guitarist Jeff Ginsburg in 2014, and lead singer C. Vaughn Leslie last fall, they have regrouped in order to carry on. The Boys now have a girl, Kathy Hill, who shares singing duties with former Soul Sanction vocalist, Bill Capshaw, and they’re still keeping the beach music in their soul.

Food available from The Viet Grill.

July 28

Mighty Blue

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

Mighty Blue was formed as a blues band back in 2005. Guitarist and singer Michael James is the only remaining founding member, and the band’s musical repertoire has expanded as Mighty Blue’s lineup has morphed and evolved over the years. They still play a heapin’ helpin’ of blues, but their musical menu now includes generous portions of swing and soul, with a dash of funk to keep things spiced up. The current version of Mighty Blue includes James on guitar/vocals, Bob Dean on drums/vocals, Joel Seaton on electric bass/vocals, Neil Gillespie on keyboards/vocals, “Super” Dave Eckman on saxophone, and vocalist Chelsea Samples, who is the “sizzle on the steak.”

Food available from Zöes Kitchen .

August 4

Evelyn Jack with Keith Brown & Groove Therapy

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

Evelyn Jack and Keith Brown performed a “Tribute to Donny Hathaway,” in November, 2014, and it was a capacity-crowd, smash hit. Since then, they have returned to AA5 for three expanded tributes to include many more R&B Classic Hits by a variety of performers. The cornucopia of R&B Classic Hits goes on and on, so Evelyn and Keith and the band are back again to another heartfelt tribute to some of our favorite music.

Food available from Bayou Bay.

August 11

The Streamliners Swing Orchestra

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

Knoxville’s premier swing band, and a long time favorite at AA5, was formed as a smaller band over 17 years ago years ago by bassist Mischa Goldman and trumpeters Mike Spirko and Thomas Heflin. The Streamliners soon blossomed into the fabulous 17-piece unit that they are today, featuring Kayley Burton Farmer and Spirko on vocals. This swingin’ big band plays the classics of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Peggy Lee, with a little Louis Jordan and Louis Prima mixed in for extra fun!

Food available from Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise .



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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