City of Knoxville Tennessee Arts Commission


Alive After Five

Knoxville’s Unique Live Music Experience

Free parking, non-smoking, casually elegant atmosphere, 2 cash bars, delicious food, family friendly, and great for a date! Friday evenings @ 6:00-8:30 pm. All tickets are sold at the door. No reservations required.

2014 Spring-Summer Series

In The North Garden(or the Great Hall if rain threatens):

May 9 (6:00-10:00 pm)

The Stacy Mitchhhart Band
and The Davis Mitchell-Labron Lazenby Blues Experience

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

It has been almost five years since Stacy Mitchhart and his six-member band performed at Alive After Five, and we are very excited to have them back for the premier of Alive After Five 2014! 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. www.stacymitchhart.com
Opening the show is The Davis Mitchell-Labron Lazenby Blues Experience, which brings two of Knoxville’s most talented and dynamic singer-guitarists together for the first time.

May 23 (6:00-9:30 pm)

Jenna & Her Cool Friends
and The Andy T - Nick Nixon Band

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

Get ready for a dynamite double-bill of Tennessee blues!
Vivacious vocalist Jenna Jefferson gathered Her Cool Friends - Michael “Crawdaddy” Crawley (harmonica/vocals) “Detroit Dave” Meer (guitar/vocals), Keith Ford (rhythm guitar/vocals), Glyn Loyd (bass/vocals), Kevin Redding (drums), and Ben Maney (keyboards/vocals) - for a Blues Cruise on the river in 2010, and a very cool new blues band with an all-star lineup was born. They became Knoxville’s most popular Blues band almost immediately, playing for appreciative audiences everywhere they went, especially here at Alive After Five. In 2012, they represented Knoxville at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, making it to the semi-finals in competition with 118 other bands, and they concluded the year playing for a packed house at “Alive into 2013!” the New Year’s Eve party here at the KMA. Last year, they were voted “Best Blues Band” in the Metro Pulse readers poll and then released their debut CD, “I’m What You Get,” playing before a packed house at the Relix Variety Theatre last March.
The Andy T – Nick Nixon Band is a six-member blues band from Nashville that plays Chicago-, Texas-, and New Orleans-style blues and R & B.
After meeting James "Nick" Nixon, and watching him perform, "Andy T" Talamantez knew that they would make an unstoppable combination. Their new CD, “Drink Drank Drunk,” produced by Anson Funderburgh and released in February, 2013, has proved him right, drawing praise from critics and fans alike. The CD was nominated for a Best New Artist Debut Release and garnered the band an appearance at the Blues Blast Music Awards in Chicago.
Talamantez was born and raised in Southern California, and relocated to Nashville in 2008. His guitar style is influenced by T-Bone Walker, BB King, Magic Sam, and Albert Collins among others, yet it remains his own. Talamantez has toured internationally with blues greats Guitar Shorty and Smokey Wilson, and has performed with a long list of major blues artists around the country. Nixon is one of those amazing artists that rarely surface today. This velvet voiced singer was born and raised in Nashville, and was part of the thriving Jefferson Street blues scene of the ‘60s. He was a Chess Records recording artist in the ‘70s and is a key figure in the reviving Nashville blues scene today. As a long-time member of The New Imperials, an act with a forty-five year history, he has performed with many of the top blues and R&B artists in the world, and he is still remembered by many as a friend and sometime stage mate of the late, great Jimi Hendrix. He befriended Hendrix and his pal (and later to be Band of Gypsies member) Billy Cox when they arrived in Nashville in the early '60s. To this day Nick often writes and performs with his good friend, Cox.

In The Great Hall:

June 13 (6:00-9:30 pm)

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 fabulous 17-member Streamliners Swing Orchestra has performed many times at AA5, and they remain one of our most popular bands. Formed as a smaller band over 14 years ago years ago by bassist Mischa Goldman and trumpeters Mike Spirko and Thomas Heflin, The Streamliners soon blossomed into the big band that they are today, playing 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!
Kayley Farmer is the female vocalist of The Streamliners, and she will open the show with her smaller Project.

June 20

The Blueprint
and The Marble City Five with special guest Lance Owens

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

Lance Owens, who will be 91 years young on June 23, is a Knoxville musical treasure on the tenor saxophone. Last year at AA5, we celebrated the release of his first CD, produced by Donald Brown, and we are excited to have him back this year to perform the first set this evening with the Marble City 5, led by trumpeter Vance Thompson. The second set will feature a performance by Marble City 5 pianist, Keith Brown, and his new sextet, The BluePrint. It promises to be a wonderful evening of jazz, with two extraordinary bands in a celebration of the traditional and the modern.

June 27

Phillipe Lajeune

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

The popular boogie-woogie, jazz, and blues pianist from Toulouse, France, has performed many times at AA5 over the years. The young pianist attended a 1968 concert by master boogie-woogie and blues pianist Memphis Slim, and immediately put an end to his classical efforts and began teaching himself the blues, scouring local record shops for recordings by boogie-woogie greats. In 1980 he cut an album titled "Dialog in Boogie" as a piano duo with Slim, who had been a Parisian citizen since 1962. Since then, he has toured the U. S. regularly, performing at major music festivals, and released six more CDs, including his most recent, “Groovin’ Blues”, released in 2012.
Co-presented by Andrew "Jazzman" Smith

July 11

“Pardi Gras" with Roux Du Bayou

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

Roux du Bayou performed at the last two “Fat Friday Mardi Gras Special” Alive After Fives and were such a hit we just had to invite them back again! 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 thirteen 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. It may be a few months past Mardi Gras, but everyone is encouraged to wear purple, gold, and/or lime green to add to the “Big Easy” merriment as we laissez les bontemps roulez in July!

July 25

The Brad Walker Orchestra

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

The Brad Walker Orchestra (BWO) is the house band at the Cherokee Country Club and performs the music made famous by Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Ray Anthony, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Harry James, and a variety of big band, swing, and dance favorites. Brad Walker started playing trombone at the age of 8 and began playing professionally at 16 in local jazz and Dixieland groups. Later on, he played with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, led by Buddy Morrow, and also the Ray Anthony Orchestra. In 2003, he founded the Brad Walker Orchestra, a 15 piece big band consisting of 5 saxophones, 3 trombones, 3 trumpets, bass, piano, drums and female vocalist. The BWO musicians have performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Ray Anthony, Ray Charles, Chet Atkins, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Liberace and more.

July 25

The Northshore Band

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

At their Alive After Five debut last summer, Northshore was a big hit with the audience, and we are excited to have them back again this year with their energetic brand of soul, blues, and R & B, garnished with a little jazz and classic rock. Veteran multi-genre musicians Michael Jordon on guitar/vocals, Neil Gillespie on keyboards/vocals, Stan Gibert on bass/vocals, and Ben Landers on drums formed the band in 2009, and three years later they found the vocalist, Elisa Rodriguez, that took them to the next level. She’s the “sizzle on the steak” and the “straw that stirs the drink!” And last year, she also became Mrs. Elisa Gillespie!

August 8

The Uptown Stomp

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

With enough vintage gear to start a museum, The Uptown Stomp is dedicated to playing a variety of music from the ‘30's and ‘40's swing of Charlie Christian and Fats Waller to the ‘50's Chicago blues of Muddy Waters and Elmore James the way it should be played. Led by guitarist-singer Devan Jones, The Uptown Stomp features saxophone, trumpet, upright bass, and drums, and sometimes clarinet, harmonica and/or pedal-steel guitar. For this performance, the “deluxe” version of The Uptown Stomp will surely be in attendance.

August 22

The Mumbles

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

Their name may be The Mumbles, but their music is anything but soft and indistinct. They are a New Orleans-based trio: A tiny band with a mighty sound. Using two keyboards, a drum kit, and a saxophone, they combine soul music with avant and old time jazz to create "pop songs in the key of partying down" (Time Out New York). They have built an impressive East Tennessee fan base from their previous tours through our area, playing at the WDVX "Blue Plate Special", Preservation Pub, Brackins Blues Club, and more, including two performances at Alive After Five. Keyboardist/singer Keith Burnstein and drummer/singer Ethan Shorter are Brooklyn transplants to New Orleans, where they have become entrenched in the vibrant musical heritage of the “Big Easy.” They have performed as a duo and were the heart and soul of the band, but they have added some muscle in the form of Eric Bernhart on tenor saxophone to create a groovy gumbo of soul music and old time jazz that gets everybody up on the dance floor.



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 Insurance

Cherokee Distributing

Media Sponsors

East Tn PBS
East Tn PBS
Metro Pulse
WDVX

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