Calendar of Events

Friday, September 28, 2018

Fountain City Art Center: Knoxville Watercolor Society Exhibition


Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Reception: September 28, 6:30 – 8:00 PM - Free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend, meet the artists and enjoy complementary refreshments.

The Knoxville Watercolor Society will be exhibiting recent artwork from its members. KWS is an active group of regional artists who work primarily in water media. Membership is juried, and new artists are encouraged to apply for membership. Additional information is available online at:

Exhibit viewing hours: Hours: Tu & Th 9-5, W & F 10-5, 2nd-4th Sa 10-1. Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Information: 865-357-2787,

Knoxville Lindy Exchange & Swing Festival

  • September 28, 2018 — September 30, 2018

Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events and Music

The Knoxville Lindy Exchange & Swing Festival
Join us for a weekend celebrating swing music, vintage dancing, and everything we love about Knoxville, TN. This year we're partnering with the Tennessee Theatre to be a part of their 90th Anniversary Speakeasy Celebration for our Saturday evening dance! We're also featuring the live music of the Posey Quintet from Asheville and the Old City Buskers from Knoxville! Expect to see DJs from around the region and a few more musical surprises!

Tickets & info:

Great Smoky Mountain Food Days 2018

  • September 28, 2018 — September 29, 2018

Category: Culinary arts, food and Festivals, special events

At University of Tennessee Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Dr, Knoxville, Tennessee 37916

Interested in the food culture of the Smoky Mountains? Join us on September 28 and 29 for Great Smoky Mountain Food Days! This two-day event educates and celebrates the culture and food traditions of the Great Smoky Mountain region. The event looks at preserving our past and envisioning our future with sessions and demonstrations on preservation, fermentation, wild edibles and Smoky Mountain History. The event includes a Tennessee Beans and Cornbread Supper, the Dig In! Farmers Market Luncheon, local chefs, demonstrations, panel discussions and more. Tickets for the event are $80 or $25 for students. More information is available at

The event is co-presented by The University of Tennessee Knoxville Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management and East Tennessee PBS. Sponsors include Cowgirl Creamery, Whole Foods and Anson Mills.

The Hive: Help You Dwell Fall Flea

  • September 28, 2018 — September 29, 2018

Category: Festivals, special events

Friday, September 28, 2018 8:00 AM
Saturday, September 29, 2018 2:00 PM

Join us for Help You Dwell's annual Fall Flea and shop vintage home decor and furniture. Help You Dwell has curated a sale of one-of-a-kind items, and is able to accept cash and card payments.

The Hive, 854 N Central St., Knoxville, Tennessee 37917. Information: (865) 282-2018,

Townsend Heritage Festival

  • September 28, 2018 — September 29, 2018

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Kids, family and Music

Smoky Mountains Come Alive with Music, Food & Crafts! Bring your lawn chair and enjoy genuine bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food, and Fall festivities for the entire family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center.

Sept. 28
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: Noon-10 p.m.

Sept. 29
Crafts & Demonstrations: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882. Parking is $10 per day or $15 for two-day pass. Proceeds benefit the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department. FREE Townsend Shuttle.

Dragonfly Aerial and Circus Arts Studio: Circus After Dark

  • September 28, 2018 — September 29, 2018
  • 8:30 PM

Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events and Fundraisers

Dragonfly Aerial and Circus Arts Studio will be hosting a circus variety show with a twist. Friday (the 28th) and Saturday (the 29th) the sun goes down and the fire turns up starting at 8:30pm. Located at their studio, Dragonfly artists along with some invited guests will have an evening of performances for the viewer to enjoy. The special showings are a fundraiser to benefit Dragonfly’s “Circus for Everybody” scholarship program. Circus After Dark provides an entertaining evening of fun for those 21 and older. Performances you have never seen before combining the amazing art of circus, just a little bit of skin plus a benefit for the arts community.

Katlyn Gagnier, one of the Aerial Instructors as well as a performer states, "Our scholarship program helps keep our circus inclusive and diverse by providing a way for students with limited financial resources to take classes. It is in this spirit of inclusivity that we have launched our Circus After Dark fundraiser performance, a celebration of the human form and all it is capable of, with a cheeky, burlesque twist. We want everyone to know that no matter your age, size, or where you come from you can find joy in circus arts.”

Dragonfly Aerial and Circus Arts Studio is run by artists and trained instructors who both teach and perform. Started in 2010 by 6 local aerialists, Dragonfly offers the Knoxville area classes in the circus arts for everyone of any fitness level as well as the opportunity to book trained and passionate professional performers for festivals and special events! At Dragonfly, you will increase physical fitness and self-confidence through an activity normally found only in larger metropolitan areas. They offer you the perks of big-city circus fun right in your home town! This set of performances is to specifically benefit the “Circus for Everybody” program. “Circus for Everybody” is a program that provides opportunities for people from marginalized communities and low income families to participate in the circus programs that Dragonfly offers.

Tickets are available online through their website as well as at the door on the evening of. Dragonfly Aerial & Circus Arts Studio, 4504 Fennel Road, Knoxville, TN 37912. Information: (203) 843-7444,

The Black Lillies: Album Release Party & Hangover Bowl

  • September 28, 2018 — September 29, 2018

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

At Central Filling Station, 900 North Central Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Advance concert tickets: $15
Day of show concert tickets: $20
Concert + Hangover Bowl Admission & Shoe Rental: $45
Brian Paddock & The American Gentlemen open the show.

Join us for a hometown party to celebrate the release of The Black Lillies' new album, "Stranger to Me" (officially dropping that day via Thirty Tigers). We'll take over a favorite neighborhood hang, Central Filling Station, on Friday Sept. 28 and throw a shindig you won't soon forget! We'll double the fun by bringing Brian Paddock & The American Gentlemen along to open the show (they're ALSO dropping an album that day!). Food trucks, cold drinks, and great music, all in one of Knoxville's best neighborhoods, Happy Holler. What could be better? Well ... rolling the party into the next day! On Saturday, Sept. 29 we'll host the third Black Lillies Hangover Bowl at Maple Hall in Downtown Knoxville. It's a bowling party like no other!

Known for their captivating blend of rock & roll and country, The Black Lillies have become one of Americana music’s biggest success stories: an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between genres. They are mainstay on radio and album sales charts, with a sound that is as powerful in the quieter moments as it is explosive during the jubilant ones. The band’s pared down configuration has resulted in a bigger, deeper sound built on undeniable chemistry, lush three-part harmonies, and instrumental virtuosity with a funky edge. The newly invigorated lineup has collaborated on songwriting duties for the first time, resulting in music that feels both familiar and distinctly modern, with a fuller, more robust sound and sharp, crisp tunes that feel like a revelation.

Happy Holler is where the band lives, works and plays when they aren't on tour. It's the neighborhood where the first two albums were recorded; and businesses in the area have inspired songs. And they are thrilled to be able to bring this celebration to the part of town they love so much, to hang with hometown friends and to introduce it to fans from around the world.

The show will be opened by Brian Paddock & The American Gentlemen, who will also be celebrating the release of a new album.

At 30 years old, despite spending a lifetime dreaming of being a musician, Brian Paddock couldn't carry a tune or strum a single chord on the guitar. At the insistence of his then girlfriend, now wife, Paddock began to work on and study the songwriting craft. Four years later, in 2014, Paddock co-founded Knoxville, TN based roots rock band Shimmy & the Burns. With Paddock as the front man and primary songwriter, Shimmy & the Burns proceeded to release two critically-acclaimed full length studio records and tour throughout the Southeastern US. Recently, with Shimmy & the Burns on hiatus, Paddock recruited a cadre of the finest musicians Knoxville has to offer and, with their help, tracked his debut solo effort entitled, “Under New Management”, which is due for release September 28th. In an early review of the album, Goldmine Magazine states, “Delivering driving tunes of clear conviction or musing on contemplative, heartfelt narrative ballads imbued with sensitivity and substance... Paddock creates songs that feel both poignant and pointed... Simply superb."

If you want to continue the celebration, join The Black Lillies on Saturday, Sept. 29 for the third Black Lillies Hangover Bowl at Maple Hall in downtown Knoxville. This is always one of the best hangs of the year! The band, their families, and fans from all over engage in an afternoon of bowling and frivolity. A full menu of drinks and cocktails are available. The"Concert + Hangover Bowl" ticket includes admission to both the concert and bowling event, plus your shoe rental for bowling.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium: Steve Martin and Martin Short

  • September 28, 2018

Category: Comedy and Music

Entertainment legends Steve Martin and Martin Short are coming to the Civic Auditorium on September 28! Their show, "An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life," will include stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. Martin and Short will be joined by the Grammy® Award-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers and renowned jazz pianist and Jimmy Kimmel Live band member Jeff Babko.

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

Mighty Mud: Wine & Wheel

  • September 28, 2018
  • 6 PM

Category: Classes, workshops, Exhibitions, visual art and Fine Crafts

Instructor: Ellie Kotsianas

What a better way to spend your Friday night than drinking wine and hand throwing your own ceramic wine cup or rocks glass! Join Ellie Kotsianas for a messy night out with your friends or a fun date. We encourage you to bring any beverage that you like, along with any food or snack. All materials will be provided. During the class you will get a hands on experience in throwing your cups and choosing your glaze colors.

** Due to state regulations, we are no longer allowed to provide and serve alcoholic beverages to a ticketed event. PLEASE, bring and enjoy whatever beverages you choose… we will provide the drinking vessel… and please drink responsibly.

$45.00 - All Materials Provided

Mighty Mud, 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Tu-F 11-6, Sat 9-5. Open studio time on Thu 6-9. Information: 865-595-1900,

East Tennessee PBS and Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: Live at Lucille's

Category: Music

East Tennessee PBS and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra are teaming up to create a new televised concert series called “Live at Lucille’s.” The shows will be taped in front of a live audience at East Tennessee PBS’ studios near downtown Knoxville, and will feature local, regional and national jazz artists. Broadcasts will occur on ETPBS later in 2019, and WUOT will broadcast audio from the segments. The series will be sold as a six concert package for $180 at Tickets to single events may be made available at a later date depending on availability. Long time Knoxville residents may remember Lucille's Jazz Club in the Old City. The club was in operation throughout the 1990s and played host to local, regional and national talent. When the club closed in 2001, East Tennessee PBS production manager Chris Smith bought the neon sign that hung in the window at the business' estate sale. He also secured the rights to the name Live at Lucille's in hopes of one day being able to create something that built on that legacy. Series schedule and lineup:

+ Brown Brothers Reunion - Friday, Sept 28, 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Brothers Ken and Keith Brown were mainstays of the Knoxville music scene until Keith’s relocation to New York City in 2017. Their reunion for our inaugural episode will feature special guest Darryl Hall, one of Europe’s finest jazz bassists.
+ Bobby Broom’s Organi-Sation - Friday, Nov 30, 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Guitarist Bobby Broom made his Carnegie Hall debut with Sonny Rollins before he was 20 years old. Broom formed his latest band Organi-Sation at the behest of Steely Dan, who then took the group on a North American tour of 52 cities. The band will perform music from its new CD Soul Fingers.
+ Christian Sands Trio - Friday, Jan 25, 7:30pm
Still in his 20’s, Christian Sands is a Steinway piano artist and 5 time Grammy nominee who has performed with Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis and many others. His group will perform music from their acclaimed CD Reach.
+ Mark Boling Trio Life- Friday, Feb 22, 7:30pm
Guitarist Mark Boling served for many years as the head of Jazz Studies at UT. His trio with Keith Brown and Jon Hamar is a crown jewel of the Knoxville music scene. They will perform original music by Boling, Hamar and Donald Brown.
+ Thomas Heflin/Mitch Butler Quintet- Friday, March 29, 7:30pm
Trumpeter Thomas Heflin is a former KJO member who now teaches in Greensboro, NC. His group with trombonist Mitch Butler is a modern take on the trumpet/trombone quintet, a format that is never short on fire and excitement.
+ Greg Tardy’s NYC Trio - Friday, April 26, 7:30pm
Saxophonist Greg Tardy has called Knoxville home since 2010. His trio with bassist Sean Conly and drummer Jaimeo Brown has performed around the globe, but this will be their Knoxville (and PBS) debut.

Sponsors include Visit Knoxville, Sugarlands Distilling Company, Melinda Grimac of Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty, Lane Music, Moxley Carmichael, WUOT, Tennessee Arts Commission, Stellar Visions and Sound. For information about the series contact Vance Thompson at or 865-573-3226. For sponsorship opportunities contact Barbara Shipley at or 865-919-7306. East Tennessee PBS, 1611 E. Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917.

Knoxville Museum of Art: Alive After Five

Category: Music

Tennessee Sheiks

Alive After Five is a unique live music series that takes place in the smoke-free, casually elegant setting of the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall in the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is a live band on stage, seating at tables, two cash bars, food from area restaurants, free freshly popped popcorn, and free parking. Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries. Admission is $15 for general and $10 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101,

Keep Knoxville Beautiful: Rocky top Pickin' Party

  • September 28, 2018
  • 6:00-10:00pm

Category: Festivals, special events, Fundraisers and Music

2018 Rocky Top Pickin' Party Featuring Roger Alan Wade, Marigold Moon, and you! Friday, September 28, 2018, 6:00-10:00pm at the Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue in Knoxville.

This family-friendly and waste-free fundraiser for KKB is unlike any other in Knoxville; in between sets, pickers of all levels will form break out pickin' sessions around the grounds.There will be food trucks, ice cream, Sugarlands Moonshine Cocktail, and Elkmont Exchnage beer!

All proceeds benefit Keep Knoxville Beautiful's programs.

Tickets at

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