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 Fall Series

All shows are 6:00 - 8:30 pm

September 9

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.

September 16

The Royal Hounds

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

Las Vegas's premier high-energy rockabilly band, featuring East Tennessee’s own Scott Hinds on lead vocals and upright bass, offers one of the most entertaining live shows on the planet. They have been wowing and entertaining audiences across the globe for years with their unique approach to live music. Known for their on-stage antics and humorous approach to music, The Royal Hounds combine quality musicianship with stellar buck wild showmanship to create a live show that is unlike anything on the scene today. Their brand new album, “Poker All Night Long,” has received rave reviews and will be available for this evening.

Food available from M&J Catering.

September 23

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 in 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 M&J Catering.

September 30

The Andy “T” Band featuring Alabama Mike

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

We were looking forward to presenting the Andy "T" - Nick Nixon Band, but we learned today (9/26) that Nick has not fully recovered from an illness and will be unable to perform this Friday at AA5. While Nick has been recouperating, Andy "T" and the rest of the band have kept their shows going with some impressive singers like Zac Harmon, R. J. Mischo, and Alabama Mike, among others, and we're happy to announce that Alabama Mike will be stepping up to the mic to sing for us at Alive After Five.

The Andy “T” Band featuring Alabama Mike is a five-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," aka Andy Talamantez knew that they would make an unstoppable combination. Their CD, “Drink Drank Drunk,” produced by Anson Funderburgh and released in February, 2013, 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. Since they were here two years ago, they have recorded two more CDs, “Livin’ It Up” and “Numbers Man,” both of which were nominated for Blues Music Awards for “Best Traditional Blues Album,” and the band was nominated for “Best Band” this year. 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.

Food available from The Viet Grill.

October 14

“AA5 23rd Anniversary” with The BlairXperience

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

Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Larry Blair’s wide range of vocals has been described by many as” velvety and sultry”. Blair started his musical career as one of the lead vocalists in a group he and his brothers formed called “The Blair Brothers”, becoming well known in many local circuits. Blair and his brothers gained recognition and popularity and was the opening acts for such artist as Ray Charles, The Four Tops, Sha-Na – na, Jerry Reed, Tony Orlando, and Marie Osmond. He later formed a solo project which evolved into the current BlairXperience which has a range of music that is endless, from Pop, Gospel, R&B, Blues, Jazz, and Top 10 chart busters.

Food available from Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise.

November 4

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.

November 11

Boys’ Night Out: Tribute to C. Vaughn Leslie

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

We were shocked and heartbroken to learn of C. Vaughn Leslie’s sudden death on October 10. He was a wonderful human being as well as a founding member and the lead vocalist of the band, and he will be greatly missed. In his memory, the band has agreed to honor the engagement and to perform the show as a tribute to him. Special guest vocalists who will perform include Kathy Hill and Bill Capshaw, as Boys’ Night Out plays all the great rockin’ soul and Carolina Beach Music hits that made them a legendary band in East Tennessee and one of the all-time favorites at Alive After Five. This eleven-member band was organized in 1983, and their first public performance was at the Oak Ridge Azalea Festival in 1984. 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. They will surely be giving it all they’ve got at this loving farewell tribute.

Food available from Bridgewater Place.

November 18

Leftfoot Dave & The Magic Hats

  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 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 M&J Catering.

December 9

“Holiday Dance Party!” with 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.



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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