The Downtown Knoxville Week Ahead (5/18 – 5/24/2014)

If you see an event I’ve missed and you’d like to plug, please comment below or e-mail me ( and I’ll try to add it. The list may, accordingly, be expanded through the week. Staying true to the scope of the blog, I’ll only list downtown or near-downtown events. Any number of venues outside of downtown have some great events, but I have to draw a line somewhere. If you want to add those in a comment, that’s fine. Please : “Friend” me on Facebook and invite me to your events. Look over to the right of this post and not only “friend” me, but “like” Inside of Knoxville. Subscribe (also to the right) to make sure you catch all the posts.


Sunday, May 18

  • Shifflett and Hannah (jazz), Bistro at the Bijou, Noon, Free
  • Blues Cruise with Left-foot Dave and the Magic Hats, Star of Knoxville, 2:30, $18
  • Painting Workshop with Ammi Knight, Paulk and Company (510 Williams Street), 3:00 – 6:00 PM
  • The Great Food Truck Extravaganza, Cruze Farms, Savory and Sweet, Mr. Canteen, Music, Gay Street in front of the Tn. Theatre, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Tyler Florence (Of Food Truck Wars), TN Theatre, 8:00 PM, $34 – $122
  • Lonetones, Barley’s, 8:00 PM
  • Upstairs Underground Comedy Open Mic, Preservation Pub, 8;00 PM
  • James Apollo 5, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM
  • Yung Life, Pilot Light, 10:00 PM, $5

Monday, May 19

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels/Jacks and Heroes (Folk-Rock), Visitors’ Center, Noon, Free
  • LGBT Film Festival, Scruffy City Hall, 6:00 PM, $10 (Proceeds help keep Pridefest free)
  • Tennessee Shines: David Olney with poet RB Morris, Visitors’ Center, 7:00 PM, $10
  • The BluePrint, Barley’s, 10:00 PM
  • Wet Brain, Pilot Light, 10:00 PM, $5

Tuesday, May 20

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Garrett Lamarr Ivey (Singer-Songwriter)/Tim Carroll (Americana/Folk), Visitors’ Center, Noon, Free
  • LGBT Film Festival, Scruffy City Hall, 6:00 PM, $10 (Proceeds help keep Pridefest free)
  • Singer-Songwriter Open Mic Night, Preservation Pub, 8:00 PM
  • Primus, Tennessee Theatre, 8:00 PM, SOLD OUT
  • Jazz on the Square, Market Square, 8:00 PM, Free
  • Hands in the Air: Jim Kennedy and the PHS Singers, Bijou, 8:00 PM, $10
  • Primus After Party with Opposite Box, Scruffy City Hall, 11:00 PM

Wednesday, May 21

  • Market Square Farmers’ Market, 11:00 – 2:00
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meet/Brad Austin (Singer-Songwriter), Visitor’s Center, Noon, Free
  • LGBT Film Festival, Scruffy City Hall, 6:00 PM, $10 (Proceeds help keep Pridefest free)
  • Arian Cottier (jazz), Bistro at the Bijou, 7:00 PM
  • The Infamous Stringdusters, Bijou, 8:00 PM, $17
  • Owen Mays, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 8:00 PM, Free
  • Flint Zieglar, PreservationPub, 10:00 PM
  • Ebony Eyes, Pilot Light, 10:00 PM, $5

Thursday, May 22

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Josh Harty (Singer-Songwriter)/Crimson Balladeers (Country/Rock), Visitors’ Center, Noon, Free
  • LGBT Film Festival, Scruffy City Hall, 6:00 PM, $10 (Proceeds help keep Pridefest free)
  • Jennifer Chiaverni reads from and signs, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, Union Avenue Books, 6:00 PM, Free
  • David Wilcox, Square Room, 8:00 PM, $20 – $25
  • Backwater Roots, Market Square Stage, 7:00 PM, Free
  • “Sordid Lives,” Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 8:00 PM, $10
  • Andrew Leahey, Barley’s, 10:00 PM
  • Miss Tess and the Talk Backs (Brooklyn Roots Rock), Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM

Friday, May 23

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Dustin Sellers and Friends (Indie Rock)/Andy T-Nick Nixon Band (Blues)
  • Alive After Five Presents Andy T – Nick Nixon Band and Jenna and Her Cool Friends, Fats Barbecue and Tootsie Truck, Knoxville Museum of Art, 6:00 – 9:30, $15
  • World Premier of “Voyage,” a JAIPRO film featuring Judah and The Lion, Bijou, 7:00 PM, $18.50
  • Bree, Preservation Pub, 8:00 PM
  • “Sordid Lives,” Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 8:00 PM, $15
  • Bethany Hankins (jazz), Bistro at the Bijou, 9:00 PM, Free
  • Arpetrio, NV Nightclub, 9:00 PM, $10 – $15
  • Band Eat Band Semi-Finals featuring Theorizt, Yak Strangler, Marina Orchestra, Sidecar Symposium, Scruffy City Hall, 9:00 PM – 2:30 AM
  • Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, Barley’s, 10:00 PM, Free
  • Underhill Rose, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 10:00 PM, Free
  • Wrangler Space (Widespread Panic Tribute Band), Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM

Saturday, May 24

  • Market Square Farmers’ Market, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • GMO OMG, Film by Jeremy Seifert, Square Room, 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM, Free
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Josh Stallings (Country), Visitors’ Center, Noon, Free
  • March Against Monsanto, Krutch Park Extension, 3:00 PM
  • Poets for Preservation, Poetry Reading, Historic Westwood, 3:00 PM
  • Hard Knox Roller Girls, Double Header, 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM, Knoxville Coliseum, $8 – $12
  • Pipapelli (Bagpipe Blues), Preservation Pub, 8:00 PM
  • “Sordid Lives,” Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 8:00 PM, $15
  • Roast of Hulk Hogan, Pilot Light, 9:00 PM, $6
  • Will Yager Trio (jazz), Bistro at the Bijou, 9:00 PM
  • Jesse Gregory, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 10:00 PM, Free
  • Vagabond Philosophy, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM
  • Aftah Party, Barley’s, 10:00 PM, $5
  • Matt Comer and the Coo Cool Kidders, Scruffy City Hall, 10:00 PM


  1. Just John says:

    Urban Readers–

    The City of Knoxville plans a public meeting May 22 ( ) to discuss ‘downtown mobility,’ by which they mean on-street functions (one-way versus two-way; street parking; bicycle use; transit; etc.). I hope there is a discussion of the Henley Street Blues.

    Henley Street has been large since at least 1935 (see historical aerial maps at ), so it has a long history of ‘arterial’ traffic use. At the same time, as Knoxville’s downtown returns to vitality, the street blocks pedestrian travel, and the expansion of downtown energy, westward. You and others have previously written about the difficulty of merging these needs–but there is a solution. A time-tested but under-used (in the U.S.) street form is having its own renaissance, in the consciousness of urban planners and of some DOTs: the multiway boulevard. It’s a hybrid of high-speed arterial traffic and pedestrian- and commerce-friendly local-access traffic, allowing both to co-exist peacefully. Fast-moving through traffic in four to six central lanes is flanked by low-speed access lanes, with the street parking, sidewalk activity, and relative safety of a local street. The two traffic flows (fast transiting and slow local) on each side are separated by planted medians, calming the street and providing refuge for street-crossing pedestrians.

    This structured flow avoids the problems perceived in other Henley fixes–the people who only want to get to their destinations can still zip along–while improving the streetscape for everyone else.

    Here are some links:

    Right of way can be a problem in some places, as multiway boulevards are wide thoroughfares, but Henley Street already has a ROW up to 140 feet wide–easily large enough. I think that conversion could be done relatively quickly for that reason, and far less expensively than tunneled or overflying double-decker roadways, as have been mentioned as solutions at times. The fly-through crowd retains its flow, but the street itself becomes an asset to the community, and a bridge to World’s Fair Park and Fort Sanders rather than a barrier.

    Attend the meeting or send your input to the city.

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