City of Knoxville Tennessee Arts Commission


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.

2015 Summer Series

All shows are 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Doors open to the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall at 5:00 pm.

Summer series Express Passes (just $40 for all eight summer 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.

June 19

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.

Food available from Qdoba Mexican Grill.

June 26

“Tribute to the R&B Classic Hits” with Evelyn Jack and Donald Brown

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

“The Tribute to Donny Hathaway” with Evelyn Jack and Donald Brown was a huge hit at AA5 last November, and so they are back, this time with a wider tribute , not only to Donny Hathaway, but to many more of the favorite artists who recorded R&B Classic Hits, such as Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, The Temptations and more. Donald’s son Keith Brown on keyboards, vocalist Chris Blue, Jamel Mitchell on saxophone, Brandon Whitaker on guitar, and Jared White on drums will join them again, along with Glyn Loyd on bass, for an unforgettable evening of music.

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

July 10

John Myers Band

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

With a career that spans seven decades, John Myers is by one of Knoxville's musical treasures. He is an extraordinary entertainer whose early career included 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 Sean McCollough on keyboards, Chris Durman on guitar, Steve White and mandolin, Maria Williams on upright bass, Kevin Abernathy on electric guitar, and Steve Corrigan on drums.

Food available from Bridgewater Place.

July 17

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 Qdoba Mexican Grill.

July 24

R. J. Mischo with Devan Jones & The Uptown Stomp

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

RJ Mischo is considered by critics and fans worldwide to be in the upper echelon of today’s great blues harp players and singers. Mischo’s music is drenched in the grease of the juke joint shuffles that have stayed in style since before they called it Rock & Roll. He has performed at major festivals and night clubs throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Europe. For this performance at AA5, he will be ably backed by Devan Jones & The Uptown Stomp for a very swingin’ evening of Grooving Boogies, Bump & Grind Shuffles and Electric Chicago Blues.

Food available from The Viet Grill.

July 31

Jazzspirations with Brian Clay

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

In addition to being a veteran radio broadcaster with over 18 years of experience in Atlanta and Knoxville, Brian Clay is an accomplished keyboardist, gifted vocalist, and sought after composer and studio musician. Jazzspirations with Brian Clay is the name of his syndicated radio program as well as his band, which has gained a loyal following for their dynamic performances of classic R&B, smooth jazz, and silky soul.

Food available from Caribbean Soul.

August 7

Soul Connection

• $15 General Admission
• $10 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 Gus’s Grill.

August 14

Tee Dee Young

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

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Tee Dee Young is an internationally touring Blues artist with a dynamic stage presence and unique guitar style. His playing and singing are authentic to the Blues genre and oblivious to current industry trends. His tight 5-piece band (with keyboards, saxophone, bass, drums, and guitar) puts on a stunning, high energy show guaranteed to stir up the dance floor.

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:

Amica Mutual Insurance
Cherokee Distributing

Media Sponsors

Knoxville Mercury
WDVX

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