The Downtown Knoxville Week Ahead (5/25 – 5/31/2014)

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 25

  • Shifflett and Hannah (jazz), Bijou at the Bistro, Noon, Free
  • “Sordid Lives,” Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 3:00 PM SOLD OUT
  • Birdhouse Sunday Dinner, Potluck and discussion of Labor Day Sunflower Project, 7:00 – 9:00, Free
  • Upstairs Underground, Open Mic Comedy, Preservation Pub, 8:00 PM, Free

Monday, May 26

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: JP Parsons (Singer-Songwriter)/Laura Hope and the Ark-Tones, Visitors’ Center, Noon, Free
  • Tennessee Shines: Y’uns and Dawn Coppock, Visitors’ Center, 7:00 PM, $10
  • “Stage Fright” (horror movie), Features Meatloaf, Scruffy City Hall, 7:00 PM
  • Soggy Po Boys, Barley’s, 10:00 PM

Tuesday, May 27

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Kelsey Waldon (Singer-Songwriter)/Mary Jennings, Visitors’ Center, Noon, Free
  • Open Mic Night, Preservation Pub, 7:00 PM
  • Hillbilly Jam hosted by Sarah Pirkle, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 7:30 PM, Free
  • BB King, Tennessee Theatre, 8:00 PM, $64 – $84
  • Jazz on the Square, Market Square, 8:00 PM
  • Tim Easton, Barley’s, 10:00 PM
  • Adron, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM

Wednesday, May 28

  • Market Square Farmers’ Market, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Anthony Michael (Singer-Songwriter)/Zach Joseph Band, Visitors’ Center, Noon, Free
  • John Currance reads and signs Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey, Union Avenue Books, 5:00 PM
  • Preservation and Libations, Meet with Kim Trent and get the latest news, Crown and Goose, 5:30 PM
  • The Barry Roseman Trio (jazz), Bistro at the Bijou, 7:00 PM, Free
  • Sam Lewis, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 8:00 PM, Free
  • Chris Padgett (of Stereofidelics), AWESOME MUSICIAN!, Preservation Pub, 8:00 PM
  • Dolly Parton, Thompson Boling Arena, 8:00 PM, $39.50 – $59.50

Thursday, May 29

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Chilhowee Mountain Band (Bluegrass)/Van Eaton (Singer-Songwriter), Visitors’ Center, Noon, Free
  • Swingtime Ensemble Group, Market Square, 7:00 PM, Free
  • “Sordid Lives,” Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 8:00 PM, $10
  • Roscoe Bandana, Barley’s, 10:00 PM
  • Sleepy Kitty, Pilot Light, 10:00 PM, $5
  • Fat Penguin (reggae), Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM

Friday, May 30

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Luke Leighfield (Singer-Songwriter)/Smoky Mountain String Band, Visitors’ Center, Noon, Free
  • Great Barrier Reef, Preservation Pub, 8:00 PM
  • “Princess Cut,” Play about Sex Rings in Knoxville with panel discussion, Square Room, 7:30, $10
  • “Sordid Lives,” Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 8:00 PM, SOLD OUT
  • Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Bijou Theatre, 8:00 PM, $19.50
  • The Return (Beatles Tribute Band), Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 8:00 PM, $28
  • The Wes Lunsford Trio (jazz), Bistro at the Bijou, 9:00 PM, Free
  • Clockwork Angels (Rush Tribute Band), Scruffy City Hall, 10:00 PM
  • Nick Lutsko Band, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM
  • Ian Thomas and the Band of Drifters, Barley’s, 10:00 PM

Saturday, May 31

  • Market Square Farmers’ Market, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Eric, Lon and Jeremy Spurgeon, Visitors’ Center, Noon, Free
  • Benjamin Ross reads and signs Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, Union Avenue Books, 4:00 PM
  • Yakapoo, Preservation Pub, 8:00 PM
  • “Sordid Lives,” Theatre Knoxville, Downtown, 8:00 PM, $15
  • HeRobust, NV Nightclub, 9:00 PM, $10 – $15
  • Mark Boling (jazz), Bistro at the Bijou, 9:00 PM
  • Horcerer, Pilot Light, 10:00 PM, $5
  • The Blue Ridge Entertainers, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 10:00 PM, Free
  • Soul Mechanic, Scruffy City Hall, 10:00 PM
  • Brushfire Stankgrass, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM
  • Baseball the Band, Preservation Pub, 10:30