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!

All shows are 6:00 - 8:30 pm, and all tickets are sold at the door.

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 directly into the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall where Alive After Five takes place.

Express Passes for the fall series of Alive After Five are $50 each for all eleven shows of the fall series. They are available for purchase by members at Alive After Five beginning August 4.

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

2017 Fall Series

All shows are 6:00 - 8:30 pm

September 8

Soul Connection

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

Originally formed in 1966 under the name of Soul Sanction, this group became one of the legendary bands of East Tennessee and still holds the attendance record at Alive After Five. They have opened shows for B.B. King, James Brown, Ray Charles, and Bobby “Blue” Bland. At a special “Rename the Band Party” AA5 in 2006, their name was changed to Soul Connection. Their combination of keyboards, horns, guitars, and drums, blended with a variety of male and female vocals and harmonies and covers a wide musical spectrum of Rhythm & Blues, Soul, and dance music, all done with infectious energy and unmistakable style.

Food available from The Viet Grill.

September 15

Robin Grant & The Standard

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

Robin Grant made her Alive After Five debut last March, singing with Kelle Jolly & The Women in Jazz Jam Festival, and we’re excited to have her back again, this time with her own band, The Standard. A classically-trained native Chattanoogan, she transitioned into jazz with the help of a mentor, bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks, a native Chattanooga who toured for many years with Ella Fitzgerald. The soul Robin brings to each performance calls to mind the great Tinpan Alley days of the 1920's 30's and 40's, but with an edgy delivery and sizzle that resonates with the youthful in body & spirit and stirs up the dance floor. With the recent release of her first album, a collection of original jazz songs titled, "Good Girl," she is now poised to earn national acclaim.

Food available from TBD.

September 22

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 TBD.

September 29

The Royal Hounds

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

The Royal Hounds first played together in an impromptu performance at a friend's Christmas Party in 2010. The music was magic, and the ideas exploded as they collaborated on songs, stage tricks, and other components of their unique live show. Bandleader, lead vocalist, and doghouse bassist, Scott Hinds later spent three years in Las Vegas acting in the Tony Award-winning show, Million Dollar Quartet,  but he is now back home in Tennessee, based in Nashville.  With Scott “Bramble” Billingsley on drums and Matheus Canteri from Brazil on guitar, this high energy rockabilly and roots rock trio has been wowing and entertaining audiences everywhere from Beale Street to Bourbon Street, New York’s Central Park to The Ace Cafe in London, and many other places around the globe with one of the most entertaining live shows on the planet.

Food available from TBA.

October 6

Stacy Mitchhart Band

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

Known as the “Blues Doctor,” Stacy Mitchhart is a flamboyant entertainer, “dressed to the nines,” with a teasing smile and quick wit. He 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, but he is more than just a straight blues artist, as his music encompasses elements of R&B, gospel, soul, and jazz. The Stacy Mitchhart Band, with Darin James on drums, Cory Distefano on trumpet/keyboards/vocals, Michael Dearing on bass/vocals, and Jules Caldarera on saxophones/vocals, maintains a busy schedule, performing 275 shows a year, including his long-time residency at the famed Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar in Nashville’s historic Printer’s Alley. We’re mighty pleased that they come to Alive After Five once or twice a year, too!

Food available from TBD.

October 13

AA5 24th Anniversary with Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project

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

Vocalist Kelle Jolly and her saxophonist husband Will Boyd are one of Knoxville’s busiest musical couples. Besides being an extraordinarily talented singer, Kelle hosts the Jazz Jam radio on WUOT and is the founder and director of the annual Women in Jazz Jam Festival. Will is a much in demand saxophonist and flutist, performing with numerous bands in addition to his own Project. Together and individually, they have performed at Alive After Five many times, but it has been two years since they have performed here together, so we are especially pleased to bring them both back for this special 24th Anniversary show, for a wonderful evening of jazz and rhythm & blues.

Food available from TBD.

October 20

John Myers Band

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

One of Knoxville's musical treasures, John Myers is an extraordinary entertainer with a career that spans seven decades, including stints with R&B groups The Five Pennies, The Four Pennies, and then The Hearts of Stone on the Motown label in the early 1970s. Now living in Tennessee again, his current band is comprised of some of Knoxville’s finest musicians, including Sean McCollough on keyboards, Chris Durman on guitar, Maria Williams on upright bass and vocals, Steve White on mandolin, and Steve Corrigan on drums. Making this evening a little extra special is the fact that October 20 is John’s birthday, his 82nd!

Food available from The Viet Grill .

November 3

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. This 11-member band with a mighty horn section has 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 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 (and 12th member), 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 TBD.

November 10

Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues” featuring Jenna Jefferson, Kelle Jolly, Jeanine Fuller, & Chelsea Samples with Matt Coker & The Wild Man Band

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

Ida Cox (February 25, 1894 – November 10, 1967) was one of the great Classic Blues singers of the 1920s, with a career that extended to her last recording in 1961. Though not born here, she is associated with Knoxville, where she lived the last twenty-two years of her life, and she is buried here, in New Gray Cemetery. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she wrote many of her own songs, often in collaboration with her husband. One of the most notable of these songs was “Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues,” and that seems like the perfect name for a show in tribute to her on this, the exact 50th anniversary of her passing. For the occasion, we present four of Knoxville’s wildest female vocalists, Jenna Jefferson, Kelle Jolly, Jeanine Fuller, and Chelsea Samples. Backing them up will be an wonderfully talented band led by Matt Coker on piano and Hammond B3 organ, featuring Taylor Coker on upright and electric bass, Hunter Deacon on drums, Chuck Mullican on tenor and baritone saxophones, Joe Jordan on trumpet, and Barry “Po” Hannah on guitar.

Food available from TBD.

November 17

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 been with the group for a while now injecting new blood into the musical chemistry that makes this band special. And rumor has it that Alive After Five Coordinator Michael Gill will sing a couple of tunes with them, as he did when they were last here in January.

Food available from TBD.

December 8

“Holiday Dance Party!” featuring Dwight Hardin & Think Twice

  • $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 an Alive After Five last spring with Smooth Groove. We’re excited to have him back for our annual “Holiday Dance Party,” this time with his new band, Think Twice, featuring Kenneth Robinson on drums, Phil Senseny on bass, Neil Gillespie on keyboards, and Jaimie Cameron on guitar.

Food available from Bayou Bay Seafood House .



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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