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

2015 Winter Series

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

January 9

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues

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

The winter series and the new year begins with a very special performer with an amazing resume. Here are a few highlights. Mac Arnold’s 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. He retired from show business to be an organic farmer in his native South Carolina. Mac is back with his own band and a "plate full" of CDs, building a new foundation in blues, soul and funk.

Food available from The Viet Grill.

January 16

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 (Don’s brother) on percussion, guitarist Barry “Po” Hannah, and bassist Grant Parker, have injected new blood into the musical chemistry that makes this band special.

Food available from Tootsie Truck/Savor Catering.

January 30

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 Qdoba Mexican Grill .

February 6

Aftah Party

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

Formed in 2008, this 9-member band with 3-piece horn section is based out of Knoxville and has rapidly been gaining notoriety in their home town and surrounding areas for their high energy performances and large diverse crowds. The band draws inspiration from artists such as Stevie Wonder, P-Funk, Jimi Hendrix, Chaka Khan, Prince, and Erykah Badu to name a few. In 2009, they released their debut album “Welcome To Tha Aftah Party,” an eclectic blend of soul, jazz, blues, and funk. In 2010 Aftah Party won Knoxville's first annual “Sound Off Competition” and the opportunity to perform at “Sundown in the City” on Market Square.

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

February 13

“Fat Friday Mardi Gras” with Roux Du Bayou

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

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 fifteen 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. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple, gold, and/or lime green to add to the “Big Easy” merriment as we laissez les bontemps roulez!

Food available from Qdoba Mexican Grill.

February 20

Wallace Coleman Band

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

A native of Morristown, TN, Wallace Coleman was captivated by blues music as a young boy listening to Nashville’s WLAC on the radio.  Coleman left Tennessee in 1956 to find work in Cleveland, Ohio, and, to his delight, an active blues community where Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, B.B. King and others that he had heard on the radio came to perform live. A self-taught musician, Coleman was playing harmonica in Guitar Slim’s band when he caught the ear of Robert Lockwood, Jr., stepson of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. He played in Lockwood’s band for ten years and performed on the Grammy nominated CD "I Gotta Find Me A Woman." Coleman formed his own band in 1997, and his fifth CD, “Blues in the Wind”, is a tribute to Lockwood.

Food available from The Viet Grill.

February 27

Devan Jones & The Uptown Stomp with special guest Robinella

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

The winter series of AA5 concludes with one of the hottest bands on the Knoxville music scene. Led by guitarist/vocalist Devan Jones, The Uptown Stomp is a band that really swings, whether they’re playing ‘30s-era jazz or ‘50s-era Chicago blues. For this evening, we’re expecting the deluxe version of the band, with Keith Brown on piano, Chuck Mullican on tenor and baritone saxophones, Joe Jordan on trumpet, Clint Mullican on upright bass, and Hunter Deacon on drums. Wonderfully talented singer, Robinella, will be their special guest and the “icing on the cake!”

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



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

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