Calendar of Events

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Knoxville Civic Auditorium: PAW Patrol Live!

  • August 20, 2019 — August 21, 2019

Category: Kids & family and Music

No job is too big, no pup is too small! Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present PAW Patrol Live! "Race to the Rescue," an action-packed, music-filled production, presented by Pedigree will visit Knoxville Civic Auditorium, August 20-21, 2019.

It's the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay's Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom's Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that "no job is too big, no pup is too small," and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information:

Music for Seniors Knoxville: Concert Series Kickoff with Kelle Jolly

  • August 20, 2019

Category: Free event and Music

Tuesday, August 20, 10:30-11:30am
at The Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Drive, Knoxville, TN 37916

Join Music for Seniors for the inaugural concert of our FREE Daytime Concert Series Knoxville! Our special guest artist is Kelle Jolly. Our community partner for our first Knoxville concert is the Knoxville Museum of Art. We hope to see you there!
Kelle Jolly - "The Tennessee Ukulele Lady" - is one of East Tennessee's most celebrated jazz musicians. She has traveled to Muroran, Japan (Knoxville's Sister City) as an ambassador of jazz with her husband, saxophonist Will Boyd, perfroming at various festivals and events. She and Boyd were honored in 2015 as recipients of the MLK Art Award in Knoxville.

Jolly is founder of Knoxville's Women in Jazz Jam Festival and Ukesphere of Knoxville, a ukulele group for all ages. She is host of "Jazz Jam with Kelle Jolly" on WUOT 91.9FM radio, a one-hour show celebrating outstanding local, national and international jazz vocalists. Jolly is also a member of the Mayor's Maker Council.

Music for Seniors connects area musicians with older adults through live and interactive music programs designed to engage, entertain and educate seniors. Programs include monthly free public Concerts, and Outreach with groups in recreational and care settings. Reserve your FREE ticket:

For more information call: 865-258-5988,

FREE Concerts on the Square - Jazz Tuesdays & Variety Thursdays

  • May 2, 2019 — August 27, 2019

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

The City of Knoxville’s Office of Special Events is excited to announce the lineup of performers for this year’s Concerts on the Square, presented by First Century Bank. The live music series begins Thursday, May 2, 2019 on Market Square.

Kicking off the season of Variety Thursdays on May 2, 2019 will be Karns Middle School Jazz Band at 7 p.m. and Karns High School Jazz Band at 8 p.m., followed on May 9, 2019 by Symphony on the Square, sponsored by Home Federal Bank, from 7:30-9 p.m.

Variety Thursdays continue through June 27, 2019 from 7-9 p.m. with the following performers:

• May 16: Katie Pruitt, a Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival preview
• May 23: Ensemble Swing Time Band
• May 30: Bary Jolly’s Jimmy Buffett Tribute
• June 6: Mike Snodgrass
• June 13: Frontier Band
• June 20: Uptown Moonlighting
• June 27: Square on the Square

Jazz Tuesdays begin with the University of Tennessee Saxophone Ensemble on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14th
6:30-7:30pm - Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra
8-10pm - Knoxville Jazz Orchestra

Tuesday, May 21st
8-10pm Vance Thompson Quartet

Tuesday, May 28th
8-10pm Larry Vincent Group

Tuesday, June 4th
8-10pm Mark Boling Trio

Tuesday, June 11th
8-10pm Vance Thompson Quintet

On Tuesdays, May 21 - Aug. 27, 2019, Jazz on the Square concerts will feature some of the Southeast’s finest jazz musicians including Vance Thompson and Friends, the Greg Tardy Quartet and many more. Show times are 8-10 p.m. For a full calendar and details about the bands visit

Concerts on the Square events are free, including parking for motorists entering City-owned garages after 6 p.m. Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets for seating. No food or beer is being sold on Market Square by outside vendors during these events. Food is available from restaurants for take-out, but alcohol can only be consumed inside establishments or on their patios.

Interested in finding some free parking? No search needed. We have over 5,500 spaces free after 6pm on weeknights. You can also find free parking all weekend. Spring, Summer, Fall,'s free all year. Find a spot and come enjoy the fun!

Spark: Drum Circle

  • April 23, 2019 — December 17, 2019

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join us for an hour of instruments and fun! All are welcome. This is a free event.

Spark Center, 116 Childress Street, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-219-0130,

Union Ave Books: Upcoming Events

  • January 1, 2018 — December 31, 2019

Category: Free event, Literature & readings and Music

Reading with Linda Parsons and Pauletta Hansel
Sunday, August 18, 2 pm

This reading follows our poetry workshop the previous day for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's/dementia, sponsored by the Knoxville Writers' Guild and the Alzheimer's Association. (If you're interested in the workshop, please register at At UAB, Pauletta will read from her Weatherford Award-winning collection, Palindrome, and I from my new collection, Candescent, both of us writing through our journey as caregivers to our mother and father, respectively. We'll share lighter fare as well!

Linda Parsons "solo launch" for Candescent
September 29 at UAB

Pauletta Hansel is the former Poet Laureate of Cincinnati. She publishes widely and is managing editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. She has served as Writer-in-Residence at Thomas More College in Kentucky and leads writing workshops and retreats in the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond. Palindrome, Hansel’s sixth collection, is brave and brilliant. The vision of its title—a word that spells itself in both directions—infuses the whole with understanding that, as she was her mother’s daughter, so she has become mother to the child who is her mother suffering dementia. Whether writing in fixed forms, free forms, or from her mother’s written memories, Hansel creates a way to bear her readers, her mother, and herself though this harrowing time. This is a hard-won, heart-won book. —George Ella Lyon

Linda Parsons coordinates WordStream, WDVX-FM’s weekly reading series, with Stellasue Lee and is the reviews editor at Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. She publishes widely and is the copy editor for Chapter 16, Humanities Tennessee’s literary website. She also serves as playwright-in-residence for The Hammer Ensemble, the social justice wing of Flying Anvil Theatre in Knoxville. [In Candescent,] Linda Parsons honors grief. She shares with us her knowing that as the threads of our lives unravel, so too, gifts materialize in ways we never dreamed. Here, trauma is transformed into a journey of enlightenment. We come to understand that what first appears as a door marked “Loss,” the author walks through victorious, fully revitalized, with a flare of capriciousness. She finds a new depth of being, and joy in every breath taken. —Stellasue Lee

For more information on all our events, visit our website. Free and open to the public. UNION AVE BOOKS, 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-951-2180,

WDVX: Blue Plate Special


Category: Free event and Music

Just like at your favorite meat n’ three, the WDVX Blue Plate Special® is served up piping hot. This fresh and free daily helping of live music during the lunchtime hour that features performers from all over the world and right here in Knoxville has put WDVX on the map as East Tennessee’s Own community supported radio.

The WDVX Blue Plate Special® is a live performance radio show held at noon, with your host Red Hickey Monday through Friday and Doug Lauderdale on Saturday, at the WDVX studio inside the Knoxville Visitor Center. It’s always free to join in so please don’t be shy. Make yourself at home as part of the WDVX family. From blues to bluegrass, country to Celtic, folk to funk, rockabilly to hillbilly, local to international, it all part of the live music experience on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. You’re welcome to bring your lunch.

Previous performing artists include Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Avett Brothers, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart, Nickel Creek, Red Stick Ramblers, Rodney Crowell, String Cheese Incident, The Del McCoury Band, Tim O’Brien, Yonder Mountain String Band, David Grisman, Claire Lynch Band, Brett Dennen, Tommy Emmanuel, Uncle Earl, The Infamous Stringdusters, the Jerry Douglas Band, Joan Osborne, John Oats, Mary Gauthier, Darrell Scott, and many many more! There’s plenty of great music to go around!

Free 2-hour visitor parking located next door to the Knoxville Visitor Center. One Vision Plaza, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Info: 865-544-1029,

Trollkretsen Scandinavian Dancers at the Laurel Theater


Category: Dance, Free event and Music

Tuesdays at 7:30. No partner necessary. Dances include polskor, schottische, waltzes and more. Call 865-522-0515.

At the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. For information: 865-522-5851,