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 Winter Series

All shows are 6:00 - 8:30 pm

January 6

“Tribute to the R&B Classic Hits, Part 4” with Evelyn Jack and the Keith Brown Band

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

Evelyn Jack and the Keith Brown Band return for their 4th 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 that they followed up with two more tributes to a variety of R&B performers, and they were big hits with our audience, as well. 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.

January 13

The Streamliners Swing Orchestra

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

Knoxville’s premier swing band 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. 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 Bridgewater Place.

January 20

The Tommie John Band and Crawdaddy Jones

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

Winners of the local Blues Challenge (band and solo/duo divisions) who will represent out area in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis at the end of the month.

Food available from M&J Catering.

January 27

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 ten years. New members, Ken Wood on percussion, guitarist Barry “Po” Hannah, and bassist Grant Parker, have injected new blood into the musical chemistry that makes this band special.

Food available from Bridgewater Place.

February 3

Ori Naftaly & Southern Avenue

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

Based in Memphis, Ori Naftaly & Southern Avenue brings infectious rhythms, soulful guitar sounds, and soulful vocals to the stage. Southern Avenue consists of award winning, Israeli born guitarist Ori Naftaly, vocalist Tierinii Jackson, her younger sister Tikyra Jackson on drums, and Daniel Mckee on bass. Naftaly came to Memphis in 2013 to compete at the International Blues Challenge, where his namesake band reached the semifinals and sold the largest number of CDs ever in the competition's history. He has shared the stage with some of the best acts in the business: Tab Benoit, Ana Popovic, Bernard Allison, Shemekia Copeland, Marcia Ball, and many more. In the past year, he joined forces with the Jackson sisters. A preacher's daughter who began her singing career as the youngest member in the choir of a church in the heart of Memphis, Tierini Jackson has a voice that is soulful, powerful, raw, and sultry. Together, Southern Avenue is taking the blues world by storm!

Food available from TBA.

February 10

Wallace Coleman Band

  • $15 General Admission
  • $10 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.

February 24

“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 TBA.

March 10

Kelle Jolly & The Women in Jazz Jam Festival Band

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

The AA5 winter series concludes with the premier performance of the 2nd annual week-end long “Women in Jazz Jam Festival,” coordinated by Kelle Jolly. This evening’s performance will feature an as yet unannounced lineup of fabulous female jazz musicians and singers will perform. If last spring’s program at Alive After Five is any indication, this will surely be a show you do not want to miss!

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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