City of Knoxville Tennessee Arts CommissionAmerican Alliance of Museum


Alive After Five

Summer series, 2018

All shows are 6:00-8:30. Food vendors to be announced.

June 22

Natti Love Joys

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

Now based in Turtletown in the Southeast corner of Tennessee, the roots reggae band, Natti Love Joys, plays the classic reggae of Bob Marley and others, R&B hits played in reggae style, and their own original music. The band was formed by the husband and wife duo of Jati and Marla Allen. Tony “Jati” Allen is from Kingston, Jamaica, where reggae originated. He has played bass with Bob Marley and Cedric Brooks during the golden age of reggae during the late 1970s, and he became a core member of such bands as The Congos and Itopia in New York. Marla was born Sonia Abel in Brixton, England, of Jamaican parents. With one of her cousins, she formed the successful girls group, Love Joys. Jati and Marla met in a recording studio in The Bronx, New York, and eventually married and formed a new group together in 1998. The Natti Love Joys have performed internationally at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Dominican Jazz Festival in the Dominican Republic and across a wide swath of the USA from New England to Colorado. After settling in the mountains near Turtletown, they started their own reggae festival, Camp Reggae, now in its 19th year and taking place on Memorial Day and Labor Days weekends.

Food available from Rocky's Jamaica Sunrise.

June 29

Delta Moon

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

Delta Moon plays deep roots music. A whisky-flavored voice delivers 21st century lyrics, while two slide guitars wind around an unshakeable groove like kudzu vines on a barbwire fence. It has been two decades now since Tom Gray and Mark Johnson started playing slide guitar together — Mark on bottleneck and Tom on lap steel — first for their own amusement and edification at homes and in the studio, and then in clubs, coffee shops and barbecue joints around Atlanta. The name Delta Moon came to Mark on a pilgrimage to Muddy Waters’ cabin near Clarksdale, Mississippi, when a gigantic full moon rose over the highway. With the addition of bass and drums Delta Moon stormed onto the Georgia nightclub scene, quickly gathering a wall-full of local “best” awards. After winning the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2003, the band widened its travels to include the United States, Canada, and Europe. They have worked steadily on the road and in the studio ever since. Bassist Franher Joseph joined Delta Moon in 2007, adding a deep rhythm pocket and rich bass vocals.

  • Delta Moon won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2003.
  • The Roots Music Association named lead vocalist Tom Gray Blues 2008 Songwriter of the Year. Tom is well known in the music industry as a songwriter, having penned, among many songs recorded by other artists, Cyndi Lauper’s hit “Money Changes Everything.”
  • Delta Moon’s music has been featured on Showtime, Lifetime, the Food Network and more.
  • Delta Moon tours extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Food available from The Viet Grill.

July 13

The King Bees

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

The King Bees, Rob "Hound Dog" Baskerville and Penny "Queen Bee" Zamagni call the mountains of North Carolina home, but travel the world with their Blues and American Roots music. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the band and also the 16th year of New River Blues Festival (held annually in their home, Ashe County) which they created and produce. The King Bees have performed on festival stages in such European capitals as Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and London and have taken their internationally acclaimed show across numerous countries. Their love of American Roots music has carried them to shows in Mississippi jukes joints as well as to several performances at Lincoln Center. In the mid-1980's Baskerville and Zamagni began traveling the deep-South searching for and mentoring under Blues artists of historical, cultural, and musical significance. Many blues greats took them under their wing and nurtured and guided The King Bees toward the sound of authenticity. With Baskerville on guitar and keys and Zamagni on vocals, bass, and as song smith, The King Bees honed their art with many Blues masters. By 1990 they had been touring and recording with some of the most culturally important of Blues artists. In the early 1990's they were signed to a European label and began touring internationally.

The King Bees have toured and recorded with Carey Bell, Jerry McCain, Nappy Brown and many other lions and legends. They collaborated with Rock n' Roll Hall-of-Fame member Bo Diddley and were featured on The B.B. King Birthday Tour. The King Bees have shared the bill with Dr. John, Buddy Guy, James Brown, Leon Russell and a host of other legends.

Food available from Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise.

July 20

Dwight Hardin & Think Twice

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

Dwight Hardin & Think Twice made our spirits bright with a rousing R&B show at our “Holiday Dance Party” last December, and we’re happy to welcome them back to Alive After Five for a summertime party.

The son of gospel singer, Ruth Hardin, a.k.a. “The Songbird of the South,” vocalist and percussionist, Dwight Hardin, has performed with/opened for such artists as, The Pointer Sisters, The Jacksons, Bootsy Collins, The Manhattans, B.T. Express, Eddie Floyd, The Original Eastwind and more. He and Think Twice keyboard player have become a formidable songwriting team, and we look forward to hearing many of their original music, accompanied by the rest of the band: Jaimie Cameron on guitar, Phil Senseny on bass, and Kenneth Robinson on drums.

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

July 27

Bruce Katz Band

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

Bruce Katz is a four time (2008, 2009, 2010, 2015) Nominee for the Blues Music Award (W.C. Handy Award) for "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year", selected by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, TN.

While Blues is a very important part of his music, Bruce's music has more angles and influences, occupying a unique space where blues, "soul-jazz", jam-band rock, and all aspects of Americana Music collide into a style of original music all his own. He is equally comfortable playing Hammond B-3 Organ and Piano. Besides leading the Bruce Katz Band, Bruce performs regularly with the Delbert McClinton Band, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, John Hammond, and other artists as well. He was a member of the Gregg Allman Band from 2007-2013.

Bruce was also an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music for fourteen years (1996-2010), teaching Harmony, Hammond organ labs, Private Instruction and Blues History.

As a performer, Bruce has been an in-demand sideman as well as leading his own band. He has played and recorded with many of the leading names in blues and roots music, appearing on over 70 albums with artists such as Ronnie Earl, John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Gregg Allman, Duke Robillard, Joe Louis Walker, Little Milton, Maria Muldaur, Jimmy Witherspoon, Paul Rishell, Mighty Sam McClain, Debbie Davies, David “Fathead” Newman and many others.

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

August 3

The Streamliners Swing Orchestra

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

Knoxville’s premier swing band, and a longtime favorite at AA5, 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, featuring Kayley Burton Farmer and Spirko on vocals. 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 The Viet Grill.

August 10

Mojo Tweed

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

Mojo Tweed came together from a group of friends who like playing a variety of blues, funk and R&B. The name came from their desire to play through small tweed tube amps and to evoke Mojo or Voodoo. The band is comprised of Paul McQuade (harmonica/vocals), Steve Michel (guitar/vocals), Bill Johnson (guitar/vocals), Nicole Robinette (piano/vocals), Frank “Pappy” Sewell (drums), and John Mahaffy (bass). Most of them have been playing for some 20+ years in a variety of bands and settings. They like playing stuff with a little New Orleans attitude as well as originals and classics by Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin Wolf. The New Orleans term “Social Aid and Pleasure Club“ accurately describes what they are after. Others have called it “Swamp Boogie Blues.” This music is most fun when mixed with good food, good friends and a relaxed vibe, and of course we will have plenty of all three at Alive After Five!

Food available from Bayou Bay Seafood House.

August 31

The BlairXperience

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

Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Larry Blair’s vocal prowess ranges from velvety and sultry, to raw and soulful, and his stage presence is off the charts. He 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 were the opening acts for such artists 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, and Soul.

Food available from TBA.

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 directly into the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall where Alive After Five takes place.

Express Passes for the Summer series of Alive After Five are $40 each for all 8 shows of the summer series. They are available for purchase by members at Alive After Five beginning May 4.

For more information about Alive After Five, contact Michael Gill, Alive After Five coordinator, at 865-934-2039, or mgill@knoxart.org.

Live music, dancing, spirits, food and fun! 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive (865) 525-6101 · www.knoxart.org

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