Calendar of Events
Friday, November 30, 2018
Knoxville Children's Theatre: Best Christmas Pageant Ever
TICKETS are $12 per Adult, $10 per child. Reservations are strongly recommended. Group rates are available for groups of 12 or more. To obtain a group rate, reservations must be placed by telephone. Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677, www.knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com
East Tennessee PBS and Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: Live at Lucille's
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 www.knoxjazz.org. 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:
+ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-573-3226. For sponsorship opportunities contact Barbara Shipley at email@example.com or 865-919-7306. East Tennessee PBS, 1611 E. Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917.
Bijou Theatre: Delbert McClinton
There are two kinds of people in the world those who love Delbert McClinton and those who haven’t heard him yet. Delbert is always working on that second group. Lyle Lovett has said, “If we could all sing like we wanted to, we’d all sing like Delbert.”
The multi-Grammy Award winning artist is at the top of his game with his 19th studio album, Prick Of The Litter (Hot Shot Records/Thirty Tigers). The new offering captures the balance of soulful energy and restraint that the legendary performer has been delivering in his live performances for decades all over the world. On Prick of the Litter, Delbert incorporates a variety of styles, and as always, just enough to keep him comfortably outside the traditional marketing categories.
Delbert McClinton has been a leading Americana artist since before the genre was established. He has won two Grammy awards in the blues category for Best Contemporary Blues Album; and one in the rock category (Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group), with Bonnie Raitt for Good Man, Good Woman.
Delbert’s unique musical style grew from his Texas music beginnings. Influenced at a young age by Tejano, Western Swing, Rhythm and Blues and War songs, he developed a signature sound that served him well.
If you’ve seen a live Delbert McClinton show, you will recognize the synchronized energy on Prick Of The Litter that comes from thousands of miles of playing together. Delbert feels that his current road band, Self-Made Men, is the best band he’s ever had.
“Jack Bruno [drums] is amazing. He played with Joe Cocker and with Tina Turner for years. I’ve been harder on drummers than anybody in the world, but Jack is right there where I need him. Dana Robbins [saxophone] and Quentin ’Q’ Ware [trumpet] punctuate the live performances in just the right places. James Pennebaker [guitar] is family. He’s been playing with me off and on since he was nineteen. Mike Joyce [bass guitar], Kevin McKendree [piano], and Bob Britt [guitar] are among my best friends, in addition to being in the band. Mike and Kevin and I write together a lot. We wrote most of the songs on this album together.”
2017 is a milestone year for Delbert. In addition to the release of Prick Of The Litter, a biography is slated for release in September. He has also been nominated for Texas State Musician, a highly acclaimed state appointment akin to poet laureate.
Prick of the Litter is a signature project for Delbert McClinton, and he is proud of it. “We worked hard on this and we got exactly what we wanted,” he says. “The songs, the band, the production. Everything came together. We didn’t leave no chicken on the bone,” he says.
“I did what I came to do with this album. I guess I really am One of the Fortunate Few.”
Christmas in the City: Christmas at Chilhowee
Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center, 3301 E Magnolia Ave.
Join us for a free event in Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center. We will light the tree on the bandstand and will have live music and many free activities. Come build a gingerbread house with Austin East Culinary Arts Department. We will have train rides for all ages, pictures with Santa Claus, hot cocoa by All Occasion Catering, face painting, and balloon animals and The Muse Knoxville and Home Depot will have a special activity. Join us from 6 pm-9 pm.
Jubilee Community Arts: Sistren
Laura Walker, Kathy Veazey and Lori Mast with John Rowland
Sistren is a new band consisting of Laura Walker, Kathy Veazy and Lori Mast, three powerful singers accompanying themselves on keyboard, fiddle, slide guitar and upright bass, with John Rawlston helping out on guitar and occasional vocals. They perform original songs, standards and not-so-standards drawing on bluegrass, gospel and country traditions. Laura Walker performed annually at the Laurel for over twenty years with the Dismembered Tennesseans. They have each spent years being the only girl in a band full of guys, and now they are exploring their own arrangements--and having big time harmonious fun.
Jubilee Community Arts at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. Tickets (discounts apply to advance purchase, JCA members, students & seniors) available through http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/1118485, 1-800-838-3006 ext 1, and at the door. For information: 865-522-5851, www.jubileearts.org
Bistro at the Bijou: Jazz with T. Michael Branner
On Friday November 30, 2018, the Historic “Bistro at the Bijou Restaurant”, located in the fourth oldest building in Knoxville, adjacent the Bijou Theatre, invites you, family and friends to an evening of exciting Jazz music. The Bistro at the Bijou is known throughout the South for its culinary creations and live music.
Please come out to Knoxville's "hot spot" for Jazz as Independent recording artist T. Michael Branner, joined by Clint Mullican, Aaron Mastin and Evan Burnett performing live! Don't miss this free event! No cover charge. Limited bar seating is also available. 865-544-0537
Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
Glowing Body: Mitakuye Benefit
November 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm at The Glowing Body.
Join us in an evening of art, live dance performance, dessert and wine in effort to raise awareness and funds for this effective organization.
Mitakuye is Lakota for “My Relatives” and represents the Lakota philosophy that we are all related. The mission of The Mitakuye Foundation (formerly known as The Mitakupi Foundation) is to create programs for reservation youth and support the work of existing programs that give reservation youth the same support and opportunities that other children in America have – the first and foremost being hope. The social, economic, and political issues that the First Peoples of this land face are overwhelming, but focusing on the youth is a way to start the process of healing. All it takes is one generation to stop the cycle of despair and plant the seeds of positive change. This is that generation!
Learn more about the organization at http://mitakuyefoundation.com/.
Make a minimum $10 contribution to attend the event. Please bring your donation receipt on the day of the event, or bring cash/check donation the day of. You may also donate if you do not plan to attend. This ensures 100% of the proceeds go to Mitakuye Foundation.
November 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm at Glowing Body, 711 Irwin Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-545-4088, www.glowingbody.net
Clarence Brown Theatre: A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens. Adapted by Edward Morgan and Joseph Hanreddy. Music by John Tanner.CBT Mainstage
There’s a reason we perform this tale every year. No matter how many times you’ve seen it, the story still proves to be the spirit of the season. Relive Scrooge’s ghost-guided look into his past, present and future, and his journey of redemption. A yearly tradition to treasure with family and friends.
Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, www.clarencebrowntheatre.com. For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444, www.knoxvilletickets.com
Appalachian Ballet Company: The Nutcracker
The Appalachian Ballet Company will present the annual holiday tradition - The Nutcracker in their 47th anniversary season. The production features live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and guest artist Aaron Smyth. The Appalachian Ballet Company will present four public shows December 1 at 7:30 pm & December 2 at 3 pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium AND December 7 at 7:30 pm and December 8 at 3 pm at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. Two school matinees (includes K-8 curriculum guide covering common core standards) will be presented at 10 am at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Nov. 29 & 30.
For over 100 years, this classic story has proven to be a favorite, enchanting audiences of all ages. Come see the magic with lavish scenery, glorious tutus, soldiers, snowflakes and sugar plums! For more information: 865-982-8463, www.appalachianballet.com
Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild: Santa Mouse Christmas House
Category: Festivals & special events
The 14th annual Santa Mouse Christmas House sponsored by Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild (a nonprofit organization) will be held at Fairview Methodist, 2508 Old Niles Ferry, Maryville, TN.
Dates and times are Thursday, November 29, 10 am-6pm; Friday, November 30, 10am-6pm; Saturday, December 1, 10am-3pm.
The show offers unique, handcrafted items made by over 50 well-known artisans from the area (members of the Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild). Shop for Christmas gifts, ornaments, fine art paintings, basketry, beaded and precious metal jewelry, fiber arts, glasswork, gourd art, handmade soaps and creams, woodworking, plus much more.
Free admission and parking!
Light the Park!
SHOP FARRAGUT and The Town of Farragut will again usher in the holiday season with the 8TH Annual Countdown to LIGHT THE PARK, presented by TDS.
The event will be held from 5:00 -7:00pm on Monday, November 26th at Founder’s Park on Campbell Station Road, near the Farragut branch of the Knox County Library. With the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen in attendance, and entertainment by area performers, this family friendly event will set the holiday mood. The highlight of the evening will be when new Mayor Ron Williams and other Town officials welcome a very special guest dressed in a Red Suit. He will be asked to throw the switch at approximately 6:30 pm on 50+ trees, garland pole wraps and other lighted decorations, featuring over 60,000 glistening bulbs throughout the park. Entertainment will be provided by the Farragut High School Madrigal Singers, the Concord Brass Quintet, plus Soloists from Farragut’s Angela Floyd Schools and the Akima Club Singers. Mrs. S. Claus and her elves will be there helping post letters to the North Pole!
Parking will be available across the street from the park, courtesy of Westgate Christian Fellowship and south of the park at the new Farragut Town Community Center, (formerly Faith Lutheran Church). The Knoxville Sheriff’s Department will be on hand to assist those crossing Campbell Station Road.
Attendees can look forward to enjoying the holiday cheer with freshly-baked cookies to be provided by Costco and other area businesses. Coffee and hot chocolate will be courtesy of First Watch Café. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Steve@farragutbusiness.com or call 865-307-2486.
Knoxville Museum of Art: East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition
Reception on Dec 11, 6-8 PM - open to the public! Awards begin at 6:45 PM with a welcome by Tennessee State Senator Becky Duncan Massey.
This collaborative project with the East Tennessee Art Education Association is designed to gather the best student work grades 6-12 from a 32-county region; award winners are eligible for $1,000,000 in scholarships to national art schools. Organized by the KMA.
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, www.knoxart.org