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.

2016 Spring Series

All shows are 6:00 - 8:30 pm

March 18

Kelle Jolly & The Women in Jazz Jam Festival Band

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

The AA5 spring series premiers with the premier performance of the week-end long “Women in Jazz Jam Festival.” This evening’s performance will feature many of Knoxville’s most talented women jazz musicians and vocalists, including Kelle Jolly who envisioned and spearheaded the Festival. Others performing are Sara Clapp-Gilpin (vocals, piano), Kukuly Uriarte (vocals, guitar), Dana Gipson (vocals, drums), Bethany Hankins (vocals, violin), Maria Williams (vocals, bass), and vocalists Evelyn Jack, Katy Free, Jeanine Fuller, Deidre Ford, Yasameen Hoffman-Shahin, and more. Plus, Judy Rosenburg, Ann Ramsaur, and Maria Thompson of Ukesphere of Knoxville will perform.

Food available from Gus’s Grill.

March 25

Mac Arnold & Plateful O’ Blues

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

After their fantastic performance here last year, we are very pleased to bring Mac Arnold & Plateful O’ Blues back again. Here are a few highlights from Mac Arnold’s amazing resume. His first band included James Brown on piano. When Mac moved to Chicago, Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He even played bass on the Sanford & Son television show when he wasn't playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King. After retiring from show business for a while to be an organic farmer in his native South Carolina, Mac is back and going strong with his own band and a "plateful" of CDs.

Food available from Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise.

April 8

SoulfulSounds Revue

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

Here is another band that we’re very excited about having back after they had a very successful AA5 debut last year. 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 Jackie’s Dream.

April 15

Kukuly & The Gypsy Fuego

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

A native of Peru, Kukuly Uriarte has been a member of the Knoxville music community for several years now, and her band, The Gypsy Fuego, keeps growing in popularity as they perform in venues all around the Knoxville and Maryville area. Their music “knows no borders,” as it encompasses an international mix of Gypsy jazz, American swing “with a French accent,” and also Latin standards like Argentine tangos and Brazilian bossa novas. The “deluxe” 7-member Gypsy Fuego had a successful AA5 debut last summer, and they are back in full force!

Food available from Bridgewater Place.

April 22

The Streamliners Swing Orchestra

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

This fabulous 17-member swing orchestra needs no introduction, as they are a perennial favorites at AA5. With male and female vocalists and power-packed rhythm and horn sections, they bring the classic music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Louis Prima, and more to life and ignite the dance floor!

Food available from Qdoba Mexican Grill .

April 29

Delta Moon

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

It has been quite a few years since Delta Moon last performed at AA5, but anyone who saw them back then will surely remember their signature Blues and Southern Roots sound and the two slide guitars played by Tom Gray and Mark Johnson. Winners of the International Blues Challenge and Best Overall Music Act in Atlanta they have gone on to tour across North America and Europe and at long last, we have them back at AA5.

Food available from The Viet Grill.

May 13

Stacy Mitchhart Band

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

The Stacy Mitchhart Band is widely recognized as the best show in Nashville, as the house band for the famed Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar on historic Printer’s Alley for many years and also frequent appearances at B. B. King’s Blues Club. Known as the “Blues Doctor” and always “dressed to the nines”, the flamboyant entertainer 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. He has toured internationally and has had numerous television appearances on PBS, TBS, HBO, and Monday Night Football.

Food available from M&J Catering.

May 20

Soulfinger

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

The spring series concludes with one of our favorite bands at AA5, a super tight group with a smoldering hot horn section. Led by vocalist and keyboard/harmonica player, Tim Spencer, Soulfinger is groovin' in the 21st century with 20th century Old School R&B, Soul, Funk, and Blues, playing songs made famous by Otis Redding, James Brown, Sam Cooke, B. B. King, and many more.

Food available from The Whimsical Cafe.



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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