Calendar of Events

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Knoxville Hardcore Fest

  • June 29, 2024 — July 1, 2024

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

East Tennessee Hardcore Collective is excited to bring you Knoxville Hardcore Fest 2024. Year 3 of doing this and it's back and bigger than ever before.

Day 1 - The Old City Performing Arts Center (111 State Street)
Doors at 11am; Music at 12
The Callous Daoboys (Atlanta Mathcore; MNRK Heavy)
fallfiftyfeet (Wheeling WV Chaotic Metalcore)
Retribution (Kentucky Hardcore)
Damage Control (Delaware County PA Beatdown)
Brass Tongue (Carolina Hardcore)
Amnio (South Florida Melodeath; Force of Reckoning)
Kongstyle (Atlanta Hardcore)
Bummer Hill (Atlanta Emo; Chillwave Records)
L.I.P.S (Harlan KY Punk)
Quiescent Mantis (Knoxville Metal)
Chunked (Tri-Cities Death)
Dead Upon Arrival (Delaware County PA Slam)
Collective Action (Roanoke Youth Crew; Force of Reckoning)
Extinct (Morristown Hardcore)
TwoXChoices (Clinton XXX Beatdown)
Mark of Fatality (Erie Metallic Hardcore; Suprise Attack Records)
God Instinct (Philly Edge Metal)
Pressure Point (East TN Hardcore)
Kick Out at Two (Chattanooga Hardcore)
Whit3corset (Memphis Digital Hardcore)
Spiral (Knoxville Hardcore)

Day 2 - Brickyard Bar and Grill
Doors at 11; Music at 12
Gumm (Chattanooga Hardcore; Convulse Records)
Shogun (Knoxville Metallic Hardcore; LDB Records)
Age of Panic (KY Metalcore; Rest Assured Records)
withpaperwings (Florida Metalcore; Armageddon Records)
Septum Bone (NC Death Metal)
Circuit Circuit (Nashville Noise Rock Metalcore; Dark Trail Records)
Lethal Method (Nashville Hardcore)
Keep Reaching (Tampa Metalcore; Force of Reckoning)
Sidious (Knoxville Deathcore)
Raptured (KY Hardcore)
Blistered Spirit (Midwest Metalcore; The Coming Strife)
Chained (NC Metalcore; Upstate Records)
Human Shield (Memphis Powerviolence)
Sanity (Knoxville Deathcore; Reunion show)
Bare Your Teeth (Crossville Hardcore)
Deceit (East Tennessee Moshcore)
Double Tap (East Tennesee Hardcore; first show)

Day 3 - Karns Community Center (6616 Beaver Ridge Road)
Balmora (CT Edge Metal; 4Ephyra)
Discontent (Delaware Hardcore; Streets of Hate)
Azshara (Syracuse Metalcore; 4Ephyra)
Every Promise Kept (Knoxville Christcore)
Astral Decay (Knoxville Melodeath; first hometown show)
a loving embrace (Tri-cities Metalcore; first show)

Knoxville Hardcore Fest is proudly sponsored by Riverside Tattoo, Baker Boy Pizza, Force of Reckoning Records, Badworld Anarchy, Art Echo and Gaining Purpose Publications.
Early bird weekend pass (first 100): $50, Weekend Pass: $70. Single day tickets WILL be available and we will have Under-18 discounts on them.

Ijams Nature Center: Upcoming Events

Category: Classes, workshops, Health, wellness, Kids, family and Science, nature

6/28 • Pickin on Nature with Clinch River Ramblers and True Blue
6/28 • Moths and More: Ijams After Dark
6/29 • Summer Tree ID: Beginner Workshop
6/29 • Tiny Stage Comedy: Big Banana Comedy Show
6/29 • Evening Paddle
6/30 • Self-Care Sunday Yoga
7/2 • Big Fun Tuesday: Ride into Summer!
And more!

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717,

Theater 23: Thespis Thinks

Category: Comedy and Theatre

A world premiere! A romantic comedy by Tom Eubanks
At St. Gregory the Great Auditorium, Knoxville Catholic High, 9245 Fox Lonas Rd
Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM

Thespis Thinks looks at theater politics and the relationships that evolve and sometimes simmer in the theater soup. When two small California theater companies vie for the same arts foundation grant, Board members and production staffs go on the offensive. A smear-merchant subverts the narrative about Coastline Theater Company to affect the decision of the Foundation. Coastline’s newly-appointed Artistic Director, widower and Georgia transplant Davis Cotton, struggles to transform this traditional theater company. His associate, Hillary Hampshire, stands in the way of Davis's vision. Hillary is so entrenched in the theater life, she has left herself no room for experiencing love—until Davis Cotton plucks her heartstrings, one string at a time. But is the song he’s playing real? Narrator of this contemporary theater chaos is pundit, play-by-play color commentator and ancient Greek actor, Thespis of Icara.

Tickets are available for the play at For more information contact or 865-257-9493.

TVUUC Gallery: INDICIA by Jean Hess and Emily Taylor

  • June 9, 2024 — July 31, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Reception Friday, June 14, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.
Free and open to the public

“Indicia” is defined as indications, traces or evidence; something serving as a visible or tangible representation of a fact, quality or feeling. Mixed-media artists Emily Taylor and Jean Hess – long-time friends and colleagues -- make work about recollecting and reconsidering early memories, family history and chaotic life paths. They each gather and playfully experiment with found and natural materials along with traditional art media, aiming to surprise themselves and others.

Jean Hess’ work is in public collections including the Huntsville, Knoxville and Evansville museums of art as well as corporate and private collections. She writes about art, gives classes and opens her Knoxville studio and garden by appointment:

Emily Taylor teaches studio art locally as an adjunct professor and in other workshop formats. She has shown her work locally, regionally and in group shows and private collections. Contact her to visit or come to an open studio in Bearden!

Gallery hours: 9:30-4:30 Monday through Thursday, 9:00-1:00 Sunday
Art Exhibit at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

Tri-Star Arts: Outta Time with Joshua Bienko and Lester Merriweather

  • June 7, 2024 — August 28, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A two-person show, Outta Time, featuring recent works by artists Joshua Bienko (Knoxville, TN) and Lester Merriweather (Memphis, TN). Curator: Brian R. Jobe.

A preview reception will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024 from 5:00—8:00 pm. Additionally, there will be an artists’ reception on Friday, July 19, 2024 from 5:00—8:00 pm (artists in attendance). There will be an artist talk by Bienko and Merriweather beforehand on July 19 at 3:30pm.

Joshua Bienko (b. 1978, NY) received his MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in 2008, and his BFA from the University of Buffalo in 2000. He has exhibited at NADA (NY), Dallas Contemporary (TX), Artpace (TX), Labor Ebertplatz (Köln), Vox Populi (PA), Big Medium (TX), OUTERSPACE (Facebook) and the Guggenheim Museum (in collaboration with YouTube Play Biennial). Most recently he has shown in New York, Portland, Baltimore, Brooklyn and Pittsburgh. He has also curated shows in Brooklyn, Queens, Seattle, and Gainesville and is one of the founding members of the artist-run space Ortega y Gasset Projects in Gowanus, and C for Courtside in Knoxville. He is a 2009 Tanne Foundation recipient, and a Hambidge Residency and V.C.C.A Fellow. Bienko is an Associate Professor in the School of Art at the University of Tennessee, where he teaches Drawing and Painting. “Who’s the G.O.A.T.? Jordan! Or maybe J.M.W. Turner. Yeah, Either Jordan or Turner.”

Lester Julian Merriweather (b. 1978) is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University. Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum (New York, NY), CAM (St. Louis, MO), TOPS Gallery, Crosstown Arts, and Powerhouse (Memphis, TN), Diverseworks (Houston, TX), Stella Jones Gallery (New Orleans, LA), and Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, GA). He has also exhibited internationally at the Zacheta National Gallery (Warsaw, Poland). Merriweather served as the first Curatorial Director of the Jones Gallery & the Martha & Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Memphis from 2010-2016. He worked on the Board of Directors for Number, Inc. independent journal where he created the Art of the South exhibition series. He is a founding member of the ArtsMemphis Artist Advisory Council and the artsAccelerator Grant Panel. He served as the Curatorial Consultant for the PPF Contemporary Art Collection (Memphis, TN). He is Emeritus for the Advisory Panel of TONE Memphis. Merriweather is participating in Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage. Originating at The Frist Art Museum (Nashville, TN), the exhibition travels to The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX) and The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.).

Tri-Star Arts at Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-5. Information:

Tri-Star Arts: Cien Años by Michael Giles

  • June 7, 2024 — August 28, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

This show is located within the unique architectural space of a narrow wooden stairwell.

A preview reception will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024 from 5:00—8:00 pm. Additionally, there will be another reception on Friday, July 19, 2024 from 5:00—8:00 pm (artist in attendance).

Michael Giles is a Venezuelan-American artist working primarily in painting and drawing. He has exhibited nationally including SITE: Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY), Core New Art Space (Denver, CO), Channel To Channel (Nashville, TN), William King Museum (Abingdon, VA), Crosstown Arts (Memphis, TN), Walters State Community College, Carson Newman University, and Fluorescent Gallery (Knoxville, TN). Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, at the age of five he immigrated with his family to Baltimore, OH. He studied as part of the Reciprocal Exchange Program at Edith Cowan University (Perth, Australia, 1996) and received a BFA from The Ohio State University in 2000, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2007. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. He lives and works in Knoxville, TN, with his wife and son and various furry animals.

Tri-Star Arts at Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-5. Information:

Art Market Gallery: Carole Stoiber and Lynn Straka

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

First Friday Reception: June 7th, 5:30 - 9 pm
Art Market Gallery, Knoxville

Lynn Straka, Jewelry
Lynn Straka is a Cleveland, Ohio native, avid Buckeye, and supporter of Arrowmont School Of Arts and Crafts. She received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University, and is a self-taught jewelry artist that enjoys the art of technique and texture. While she has always been a maker in some form, she began making beaded jewelry which lead her to explore the art of metal working. Daily problem solving and using small hand tools as a veterinarian has helped her with mastering jewelry fabrication. This is her fourth season teaching community classes at Arrowmont, and her first season at Hands On Gatlinburg. Her work can be found at the Cliff Dweller’s gallery in Gatlinburg, TN, Ijams Nature center, the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville, TN, the Arrowmont showcase gallery, and

The jewelry I make is adornment – created to produce joy to the wearer. Designs influenced by nature, they may evoke a memory, affirm a belief, or be an extension of the wearer’s personality. The common denominators of my work are texture and exercise in technique. Whether it is hand stamping designs or words, forging, creating three-dimensional forms, or impressing texture onto metal, each piece has its own one-of-a-kind, individual personality. The materials I use most are sterling silver, copper, and bronze, with semiprecious stone accents. Some of the materials are recycled or repurposed metal items that I have altered and incorporated into my jewelry. Typically, they are finished with an antiqued or aged patina to highlight their texture. This month’s featured artist collection is called ‘Trash To Treasure’. Most pieces will have unusual materials and found objects combined with sterling silver. This represents the idea that beauty and adornment can be found in everyday and discarded objects.

Carole Stoiber, Painting
Carole Stoiber is an artist who expresses herself in watercolors, oils, acrylics, and clay. Her works are presently on display and for sale at the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville. When living in Harrisonburg, VA, Carole began painting original watercolor portraits of homes as commissions. She called her business, “A Different Kind of House Painting”. Images of these watercolors and her amazing original oils can be viewed on her website:

Patrons marvel at her talent to create beautiful images with skillful techniques, vibrant colors, and imaginative designs that provoke emotions and memories with familiar, yet unique visions. Carole received a Fine Arts Degree with a Ceramic Concentration from Barton College (Wilson, NC). Carole continues to learn and create every day in all media. Her experiences in multi-media were indispensable when teaching K-12 at Greenfield School. She also taught at Wilson Community College through continuing education programs with seniors. In addition, Carole’s years of teaching include The Boys & Girls Club (Wake Forest NC), churches, and summer camps. Most recently, Carole retired from her position as Art Department chair at Greenfield Academy. Since moving to Tennessee, Carole has found fulfillment as a published fiction author, and is a member of the local Mossy Creek Writers. She has written and illustrated a book titled THE UNTOUCHABLES AND THE CIRCLE OF TRUST. Carole will now be teaching art to grades K-2, 2-4 and 4-6 entitled MAKE ART with MS. CAROLE. These original and cross curriculum STEAM lessons will be at the Rose Center for the Arts in Morristown, Tn. Carole’s philosophy? To stay young at heart, you must create something every day.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265,,

Awaken Coffee: Featuring Cevet Jones

  • June 7, 2024 — June 30, 2024

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Please stop by for amazing art and great coffee!

Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Open daily. Information: 865-951-0427, or

City of Knoxville: Kid A'Riffic Fun in the Parks

  • June 5, 2024 — July 31, 2024

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family, Meetup and Science, nature

Kid A’ Riffic Fun in the Park is an event for children offering hands on crafts and activities provided by City departments and entities. Kid A’Riffic will be held on Wednesdays in June and July from 10am-1pm at a different park each week. Come enjoy making crafts, playing games and so much more while making fun memories over summer vacation. All activities are free!

June 5 - Baxter Ave Park & Fire Station #3, 204 E. Baxter Ave
June 12 - Chilhowee Park with Touch-A-Truck, 401 Lakeside St
June 26 - Fort Kid, 1049 World's Fair Park Drive
July 10 - Morningside Park, 1600 Dandridge Rd.
July 17 - Fountain City Park, 117 Hotel Rd.
July 24 - West Hills Park, 410 N. Winston Rd
July 31 - World's Fair Park, 910 World's Fair Park Dr.

*No events on June 19 and July 3

Muse Knoxville: Muse Pop Summer Programming

Category: Kids, family, Science, nature and Technology

Join us this summer for a museum experience that features weekly rotating themes – from “Backyard Exploration” to “Dig It! Dino Week” and more! Muse Pop celebrates the intersectionality of science and play through weekly programming and is included with your general admission ticket!

Backyard Exploration JUNE 3 – JUNE 7
Transportation Station JUNE 10 – June 14
Sky's the Limit JUNE 17 – JUNE 21
Storytime Summer JUNE 24 – JUNE 28
Totally Tech JULY 1 – JULY 5
Dig It! Dino Week JULY 8 – JULY 12

The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494,

South Knox Library: Hummingbird Artwork by Cheri Jorgenson

  • June 1, 2024 — July 31, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Flights of Fancy: Artworks inspired by Hummingbirds by Cheri Jorgenson

Artist statement: My wildlife artwork began after our Covid isolation, when I finally became aware of these animals. I became an appreciator and observer of our local residents, particularly hummingbirds, and began to create artwork inspired by them. In 2022, our art group was invited to do an art show at Ijams Nature Center, home of the Annual Hummingbird Festival, and many of these were exhibited there.

Bio: Cheri Jorgenson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Science in Art Education from the University of Tennessee. Originally a graphic designer, she was then an art teacher for Knox County Schools for 20 years, retiring from the L&N STEM Academy in 2020. She was the 2012 Tennessee Art Educator of the Year and the 2021 National Art Honor Society Sponsor of the Year. In 2004, she co-founded COMMA, an air group that meets weekly at UT Gardens. Ms. Jorgenson lives in South Knoxville with her husband in a very old farmhouse surrounded by natural habitat.

June & July 2024
South Knoxville Library Gallery, 4500 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920
Hours: M/T/R: 10am – 8pm, Wed: 10am – 5:30pm, F/S: 10am – 5:30, Sun: Closed. (Closed Juneteenth and Independence Day)

Tennessee Artists Association: Exhibition at The Frothy Monkey

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Frothy Monkey is currently exhibiting artworks from the Tennessee Artist’s Association’s show of “Take Care of One Another” from May through July at the Frothy Monkey, 419, S. Gay St. Knoxville, TN 37902.

The Frothy Monkey is the perfect stop for coffee, conversation and community. The restaurant serves breakfast through dinner, and loves it when a coffee chat turns into a lunch or dinner date. The Frothy Monkey seeks to provide a safe and welcoming environment that can nourish guests and build community relationships.

Tennessee Artists Association; A great place to learn and grow as an artist. Monthly programs of TAA include practical art demonstrations, discussions, and opportunities for individual artists to get involved in learning, community and shows. More on TAA can be found on the web at or on Instagram at @tn_artists, and on Facebook at TNArtistsAssociation.

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