City of Knoxville Tennessee Arts Commission


Alive After Five

Knoxville’s Unique Live Music Experience

Express Passes for all seven Alive After Fives of the fall series are $35 each for KMA members. They will be on sale at the ticket desk October 10. Express Pass holders can bypass

2015 Spring Series

All shows are 6:00 - 8:30 pm, except where noted

Spring series Express Passes (just $20 for all six spring series shows) will be available for members at the ticket desk on March 20. Express Pass holders may bypass the ticket desk and enter the Ann & Steve Bailey Hall directly after 5:00 pm.

March 20

Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project

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

The spring series premiers with a performance of jazzy R & B by some of the most talented musicians in Knoxville. Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project bring classic standards to life with their soulful stylings and bluesy grooves. Combining a voice reminiscent of Sarah Vaughn and Oleta Adams with an effervescent stage presence, Kelle is the perfect counterpoint to her husband Will’s cool virtuosity on any of the saxophones he chooses to play. They stay busy, individually as well as together. Kelle is the host of “Jazz Jam” on WUOT 91.9FM and the co-host with Robert Minter of “What’s Goin’ On” on Community TV. Besides his own Project, Will stays busy playing regularly with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, The Streamliners Swing Orchestra, and The BluePrint.

Food available from The Viet Grill.

April 10

The Streamliners Swing Orchestra

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

Spring is here, and it’s time to jump, jive and wail with Knoxville’s favorite swing band. 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. 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 Qdoba Mexican Grill.

April 17

Leftfoot Dave & The Magic Hats

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

Originally formed in 1966 under the name Soul Sanction, this fabulous 9-member band became one of the legendary bands of East Tennessee, and they are one of the all-time favorites at AA5. With their combination of keyboards, horns, and guitar, blended with a variety of male and female vocals, Soul Connection covers a wide musical spectrum of Rhythm & Blues and Soul, all done with infectious energy and unmistakable style..

Food available from Qdoba Mexican Grill .

April 24

SoulfulSounds Revue

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

This 8-member old school R & B band was formed by long-time R & B singer and songwriter, Lee Willis. He started singing and performing at the tender age of 14 and went on to be known as “Mr. Excitement” due to his high-energy stage act. Fast forward to the present, and with an exciting new band, Lee is still performing the songs made famous by Jackie Wilson, Same Cooke, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, and many more.

Food available from F.A.T.S. BBQ.

May 1

Robinella

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

Robinella is the name of the band led by Robin Ella Bailey and features Taylor Coker on bass, Mike Seal on guitar, Nolan Nevels on drums, Justin Haynes on keyboards, and Jamel Mitchell on saxophone. Raised in a very musical family in Blount County, Robin Ella’s early influences were Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and others. Later, while in college, she was discovered the song stylings of Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, and she has been a genre-defying singer ever since. Her silky and expressive voice glides from country and Americana to swing to blues and jazz with ease, and her band has the chops to make it flow seamlessly.

Food available from The Viet Grill.

May 8

TABOO

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

TABOO, featuring sultry vocalist, Lindsay George, takes you on a winding musical journey that ranges from 1960's Bo Diddley to Led Zeppelin to Michael Jackson, and all of the way through today and songs from Adele and others. TABOO takes these much loved songs and makes them their own with a twist of the TABOO touch. The raw edge of their music is captivating, and its electric energy will and make you want to move. TABOO has been together 3 years, but a few of the members have been playing together for 15 years. The family bond that the band has formed has made it something extraordinary. With Lindsay's smooth and sassy voice and Eric Wolberg’s unique guitar sound, backed by the rhythm section of David Yocum on bass and Charles Crisp on drums, you will be left asking where you can see them again!

Food available from Gus’s Affordable Catering.

Summer Series begins June 19



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

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