The Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (5/10 – 5/22/2015)

Eastern Side of Market Square, 400 Block of Gay Street, Knoxville, May 2015

Eastern Side of Market Square, 400 Block of Gay Street, Knoxville, May 2015

If you want to be certain to be included on this calendar, I’ll need your event two weeks in advance. The absolute best way to make sure I include your event is to make a FB event and invite me – two weeks in advance. My FB “events” are the one place I’ll go to every time – if you invite me before I post.

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 (Alan Sims) 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 10

  • Shifflett and Hannah, Bistro at the Bijou, Noon – 2:00 PM
  • Red Shoes and Rosin, Clancy’s, 6:00 PM
  • The Ransom Notes, Barley’s, 8:00 PM
  • Comedy Open Mic, Preservation Pub Speakeasy, 8:00 PM

Monday, May 11

Tuesday, May 12

  • Knoxville/Knox County Peace Officers Memorial Service (to honor officers who have died in the last year), Mary Costa Plaza, 10:00 AM
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Brock Zeman (Singer-Songwriter) / Bottom Dollar String Band (Bluegrass/Jam), Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • Chelsea Grin/The Word Alive/Like Moths to Flames/Sylar, The International, 6:00 PM (Doors), $17/$20
  • Singer/Songwriter Open Mic, Preservation Pub, 7:00 PM
  • City Council Meeting, City County Bldg Main Assembly Room, 7:00 PM
  • Jenny Lewis/Nikki Lane, Bijou, 8:00 PM, $25
  • Einstein Simplified Comedy Improv, Scruffy City Hall, 8:00 PM
  • Jazz Tuesdays with the Marble City Five, Market Square, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Free
  • Continuum, Preservation Pub, 9:00 PM
  • Dusty 45s, Barley’s, 10:00 PM
Sunsphere, Knoxville, May 2015

Sunsphere, Knoxville, May 2015

Wednesday, May 13

Thursday, May 14

  • Tai Chi for Ijams, Birdhouse, 20% of Proceeds go to Ijams Nature Center, 8:00 AM, $5
  • Southern Food Writing Conference, East Tennessee History Center, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, $450
  • ADA Legacy Bus Tour (637-3666 for info), Market Square, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Brian Baker Band / Donna Hopkins (Blues/Roots), Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • Bill McGowan reads from and signs The Ali Files: On the Town with Ali Akbar, Union Avenue Books, 6:00 PM
  • Emily Roberts, Clancy’s Tavern, 6:00 PM
  • Shell Shock and PTSD: Fiction and Fact, Readings from her new novel by Pamela Schoenewaldt and PSTD Treatment Discussion with Dr. Eli Mitchell, Lawson McGhee Library, 6:30 PM
  • Jed Eaton/Is That a Hawk, Scruffy City Hall, 7:00 PM
  • Variety Thursdays presents Homemade Wine, Market Square Stage, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Free
  • Brandon Harmon and the Halfway Hearts, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM
  • Lowland Hum, Barley’s, 10:00 PM

Friday, May 15

  • Bike to Work Day, Free Coffee and Biscuits to Bike Commuters, Market Square Stage, 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
  • Southern Food Writing Conference, Square Room, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, $450
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Wrenn (Indie Pop), Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • The Biscuit Bash, The Cleverlys/American Aquarium, The Standard, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM, $75
  • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents Lucas Richman’s Finale, Tennessee Theatre, 7:30 PM, $15 – $89
  • Sarah Clapp, The Square Room, 7:30 PM, $12/$20
  • The 200s, Preservation Pub Speakeasy, 8:00 PM
  • REV 3 Glow Run, World’s Fair Park, 8:30 PM
  • Mayhem/Eliot Lipp/SubSqwad/Liquid Metal, The Concourse at the International, 9:00 PM (doors), $10/$15
  • Katy Free Three (jazz), Bistro at the Bijou, 9:00 PM
  • The Coveralls, Scruffy City Hall, 10:00 PM
  • The Biscuitheads/Big Country’s Empty Bottle, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM
  • The Saint Francis Band, Barley’s, 10:00 PM
  • Hip Hatchett/Tennessee Turkeys, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 10:00 PM

Saturday, May 16

Eastern Side of Market Square, 400 Block of Gay Street, Knoxville, May 2015

Eastern Side of Market Square, 400 Block of Gay Street, Knoxville, May 2015

Sunday, May 17

Monday, May 18

  • CBID Meeting, Chamber Bldg. 17 Market Square, 11:30 AM
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special Ryan Dishen (Singer-Songwriter) / Sigmon Stringers (Bluegrass), Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • Scruffy Cinpub Movie Night features, “Apollo Badhair,” Scruffy City Hall, 5:00 PM
  • Josh Roberts and the Hinges, Barley’s, 10:00 PM

Tuesday, May 19


  1. Elizabeth Gall says

    On your calendar you have that Jazz at Ijams is $2.00 but the Ijams website says FREE. I have not attended before so I don’t know which is accurate. However it doesn’t make a difference in my attendance. Thanks!

    • KnoxvilleUrbanGuy says

      The FB page I linked from that event notice says “Donation $2, Children under 15 Free”

  2. Larry Crowell says
  3. Larry Crowell says

    1. Include Nikki Lane for the Bijou on Tue May12. I’m thinking that she may be more interesting than Jenny Lewis. She’s “Outlaw Country”, kinda a female Sturgill Simpson.

    2. On Thu Donna Hopkins will also be at the VFW (4th & Gill), if that’s within your coverage area.

    • KnoxvilleUrbanGuy says

      Thanks, Larry. I added Nikki, but I can’t find anything about about Donna on the VFW site. I’ll just leave it at your mention here.

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