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

Andy “T” – Nick Nixon Band

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

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," 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.

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.

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

C. Vaughn Leslie & 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. 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 Bridgewater Place.

November 18

Big Jon Atkinson Blues Revue featuring Alabama Mike

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

After making a brief but notable splash in the Knoxville blues scene - including two appearances at AA5 - with his band, Big Jon & The Nationals, Big Jon moved to California and began performing and recording with some of the top names in the business. Now we’re happy to have him back again, as he tours through this area, and he’s bringing “Alabama” Mike, who was nominated for “Best Traditional Blues Artist” at the Blues Music Awards.

Food available from TBD.

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 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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