Knoxville Opera Presents La Bohème

Originally performed in 1896 in Turin, and conducted by Toscanini, La bohème was not an immediate success. Both audience reception and critical notices were tepid, but the opera grew in popularity to become one of the most performed operas for many years. Toscanini repeated his performance for the fiftieth anniversary of the opera and that […]

Bob Dylan is Here; He’s Not There – What to Expect

Tonight, Bob Dylan plays the Tennessee Theatre in the heart of downtown Knoxville. When the concert was announced, I noticed conversations spring up on Facebook as to whether folks were going and whether it was worth the price of the ticket. With ticket prices ranging from $60 to $130, most of the conversation tended to […]

Knoxville Opera presents The Pirates of Penzance

It’s a fact of opera in Knoxville: You have two chances and two chances only to see each production mounted by Knoxville Opera. The first production of the 2016 – 2017 season, “Pirates of Penzance,” will be staged tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Tennessee Theatre and again on Sunday in the same venue at […]

Leon Bridges at the Tennessee (and a Big Ears Winner)

I couldn’t let the week end without popping out some of the photos of the excellent Leon Bridges show. If you love soulful vocals with a splash of panache, he’s your man. I lean on my man Rusty Odom (of Blank Newspaper) to keep me up with artists I need to hear and he turned […]

The Historic Tennessee Theatre Relights Its Marquee and Signature Blade Sign

The long story of the Tennessee Theatre continues and, happily, most of the recent chapters have been happy ones. Originally built as a movie palace, it opened its doors on October 1, 1928 with a showing of “The Fleet Is In.” More of these palaces, often funded by movie companies such as Paramount, opened in […]