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 Summer Series

All shows are 6:00 - 8:30 pm

June 17

C. Vaughn Leslie and Boys’ Night Out

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

One of the all-time favorites at Alive After Five, this eleven-member band was organized in 1983 with the goal of recreating the authentic performances of the Rhythm & Blues and Carolina beach music that had been extremely popular in the south during the late 1960s. Their first public performance was at the Oak Ridge Azalea Festival in 1984, and they have played a busy schedule ever since. C. Vaughn Leslie and Boys’ Night Out has provided musical back-up for R&B greats Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves a Woman), Archie Bell (Do the Tighten-Up), and Clifford Curry (She Shot a Hole in My Soul); and has opened shows for The Impressions, Marcia Ball, The Tams, B.J. Thomas, The Platters, and more.

Food available from Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise.

June 24

Leftfoot Dave & The Magic Hats

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

Dave Overall is a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and he caused more than a few heads to turn when he started bringing his French horn to some Blues Jams around town. Then we learned he can sing the blues as well as play them on his horn, and he formed his own band, The Magic Hats, with some of the best blues players in town. Primarily a blues band, Leftfoot Dave & The Magic Hats stir in some R&B, funk, and soul to create a tasty stew of music that you are sure to love!

Food available from Bridgewater Place.

July 15

Soul Connection

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

Originally formed in 1966 under the name of Soul Sanction, this group became one of the legendary bands of East Tennessee and still holds the attendance record at Alive After Five. They have opened shows for B.B. King, James Brown, Ray Charles, and Bobby “Blue” Bland. At a special “Rename the Band Party” AA5 in 2006, their name was changed to Soul Connection. Their combination of keyboards, horns, guitars, and drums, blended with a variety of male and female vocals and harmonies and covers a wide musical spectrum of Rhythm & Blues, Soul, and dance music, all done with infectious energy and unmistakable style.

Food available from M&J Catering.

July 22

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, and he also includes some R&B classics to his repertoire for a change of pace and to spice up the show. 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 and keep the ladies smiling.

Food available from The Viet Grill.

July 29

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 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 Gus’s Grill.

August 5

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.

August 12

Ori Naftaly & Southern Avenue

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

Based in Memphis, Ori Naftaly & Southern Avenue brings infectious rhythms, soulful guitar sounds, and soulful vocals to the stage. Southern Avenue consists of award winning, Israeli born guitarist Ori Naftaly, vocalist Tierinii Jackson, her younger sister Tikyra Jackson on drums, and Daniel Mckee on bass. Naftaly came to Memphis in 2013 to compete at the International Blues Challenge, where his namesake band reached the semifinals and sold the largest number of CDs ever in the competition's history. He has shared the stage with some of the best acts in the business: Tab Benoit, Ana Popovic, Bernard Allison, Shemekia Copeland, Marcia Ball, and many more. In the past year, he joined forces with the Jackson sisters. A preacher's daughter who began her singing career as the youngest member in the choir of a church in the heart of Memphis, Tierini Jackson has a voice that is soulful, powerful, raw, and sultry. Together, Southern Avenue is taking the blues world by storm!

Food available from TBD.



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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