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

2014 Fall Series

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

October 10

“Tribute to Sam Cooke” featuring Danny McGrew with Soul Connection and very special guest Clifford Curry

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

The fall series and the 22nd year of Alive After Five kicks off with the band that holds the all-time single-show attendance record at AA5. With their combination of keyboards, horns, guitars, and drums, blended with a variety of male and female vocals and harmonies, Soul Connection covers a wide musical spectrum of Rhythm & Blues, Soul, and dance music, all done with infectious energy and unmistakable style. Joining them for the first set is the one and only Clifford Curry, Knoxville R & B legend and member of the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame. In the second set, the spotlight will shift to dynamic vocalist Danny McGrew of Soul Connection in a tribute to “The King of Soul,” the late, great Sam Cooke.

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

October 17

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 Stir Fry Café .

October 24

Jenna & Her Cool Friends

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

Led by charismatic vocalist, Jenna Jefferson, this terrifically talented 7-member band has had a great year so far. They’ve been voted Knoxville’s Best Blues Band in the Metro Pulse Readers’ Poll, recorded their first CD, opened for B. B. King in the Tennessee Theatre, and won the Smoky Mountain Blues Challenge, which means they’re off to Memphis in January to compete in the International Blues Challenge.

Food available from Qdoba Mexican Grill .

October 31

“Costume Party” with Boys’ Night Out

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

It’s a Halloween Friday, and we’re looking forward to throwing another costume party with the Carolina beach music of Boys’ Night Out, one of the all-time favorites at AA5. This eleven-member band celebrated their 30th year anniversary this summer, and they are still going strong. So whether you don a costume or come as you are, a good time is going to be had by one and all!

Food available from Pleasantries Cakes & Catering.

November 7

Steve Brown “Threnody” CD Release Party

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

Steve Brown is probably better known as the drummer for the Hector Qirko Band and Dor L’Dor, but he is also quite an accomplished composer. He debuted his critically acclaimed first CD, “Within,” at AA5 in 2010. His second CD, “Threnody,” includes a song for Martin Luther King, Jr., a song in memory of two of Knoxville’s beloved musicians, Bill Scarlett and Rocky Wynder. and other tunes that explore a mix of sounds, including jazz, klezmer, latin, and other influences from world music. Joining Steve will be Joe Thompson and Greg Tardy on saxophones and clarinet, Mark Boling on guitar, Bill Swann on piano, Rusty Holloway on bass, and David Knight on percussion.

Food available from The Viet Grill.

November 21

“Tribute to Donny Hathaway” featuring Donald Brown with Evelyn Jack

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

Donald Brown is Knoxville’s preeminent jazz musician, and he is also a marvelous rhythm & blues performer and a great admirer of Grammy-winning jazz, blues, soul, and gospel singer, musician and songwriter Donny Hathaway whose career ended tragically at an early age. Joining him in this “Tribute” is vocalist Evelyn Jack, and they are backed by a fabulous group of musicians, including Donald’s son Keith Brown on keyboards, Vance Thompson on trumpet, Jamel Mitchell on saxophone, Glyn Loyd on bass, and Jared White on drums.

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

December 12 - (Extended hours: 6:00-9:30 pm)

“Holiday Dance Party” with The Streamliners Swing Orchestra and The Kayley Farmer Project

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

The fall series concludes with Knoxville’s fabulous 17-member Streamliners Swing Orchestra. You can dance off those extra holiday pounds as they play the classic big band music 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! Opening the show will be Streamliners vocalist Kayley Farmer and her smaller Project who will get the evening started off in a festive spirit as they perform a variety of holiday favorites.

Food available from The Tootsie Truck/Savor Catering.



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

East Tn PBS
Metro Pulse
WDVX

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