The Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (8/30 – 9/8/2015)



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Sunday, August 30

  • Jazz Brunch @ 5 Bar, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Shifflett and Hannah (jazz), Bistro at the Bijou, Noon – 2:00 PM
  • James B. Jones, Jr. reads from and signs Hidden History of Tennessee Politics, Union Avenue Books, 2:00 PM
  • Hungry Otter Fest, The Bearded/Black Atticus/Red Shoes and Rosin/Spades Cooley, Pilot Light, 3:00 PM, $5
  • Upstairs Underground, Open Mic Comedy, Preservation Pub Speakeasy, 8:00 PM
  • The Brockefellers, Barley’s, 8:00 PM
  • Magic Men Live, The International, 8:00 PM, SOLD OUT
  • The Carmonas, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM

Monday, August 31

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Max Benson / RB Morris, Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • Magic Men Live, The International, 8:00 PM, SOLD OUT
  • Jerry Garcia Tribute Show with Shane from Caution, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM
  • The Blue Print, Barley’s, 10:00 PM

Tuesday, September 1

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Sean Kiely (Indie Folk), Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • Singer Songwriter Open Mic, Preservation Pub Speakeasy, 7:00 PM
  • City Council Meeting, Main Assembly Rm City County Bldg, 7:00 PM
  • Einstein Simplified, Scruffy City Hall, 8:00 PM
  • Strangled Darlings, Barley’s, 10:00 PM



Wednesday, September 2

  • Market Square Farmers’ Market, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Knoxville Jazz Orchestra featuring Keith Brown, Square Room, Noon
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Whitherward, Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • Tennessee Shines presents the Lonetones with Poet Brian Griffin, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 7:00 PM, $10
  • Indie Film Night at Flow, 603 W. Main Street, 7:00 PM
  • Preston Shires (jazz), Bistro at the Bijou, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • The Norm, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM

Thursday, September 3

Friday, September 4

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: The Plate Scrapers (Bluegrass) / Josh Morningstar (Singer-Songwriter), Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • Staff Exhibition, UT Downtown Gallery, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Fiber Artist Fritz Massaquoi, Basement Community Art Studio, 105 W. Jackson, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Yazoo on the Square, Lonesome Coyotes/Emily Ann Roberts/The SteelDrivers, Yazoo Beer, Market Square, 6:00 PM
  • Country Club, An Exhibition of New Works by Artist Eric Cagley, Zach Searcy Projects, 317 N. Gay St., 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • First Friday at Flow, Music by Blond Bones/Highland Brewery/Art by John Purtil, 603 W. Main St., 6:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Forgotten Memories 2, Photo Exhibit, A1 Lab Arts (23 Emory Place), 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Pre-Opening Sale at Geneva Gallery, Inside the Emporium, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • WDVX First Friday Live: Ryan Culwell, Visitor Center, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • The Platescrapers, Preservation Pub Speakeasy, 8:00 PM
  • Hear Come the Mummies, The International, 8:00 PM, $20
  • Tom Johnson (jazz), Bistro at the Bijou, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • The Coveralls, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM
  • Backup Planet/KOA, Scruffy City Hall, 10:00 PM
  • The Burnin Hermans, Barley’s, 10:00 PM
  • EPROM, The Concourse at the International, 10:00 PM, $7
  • Devon Jones and the Uptown Stomp, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 10:00 PM

Saturday, September 5

  • Market Square Farmers’ Market, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Hand Building with Slabs Workshop, Mighty Mud Clay, 1300 McCalla Ave., 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM, $50
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Phourist & the Photons (Progressive/Folk) / The Tillers (Americana/Old-Time), Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • Gospel on the Square, Market Square, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Smooth Sailor, Scruffy City Hall, 8:00 PM
  • Marble City Shooters, Preservation Pub Speakeasy, 8:00 PM
  • Temple: What is Fetish?, The International, 9:00 PM, $10
  • Will Boyd (jazz), Bistro at the Bijou, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Appalachian Fury/Maps Need Reading, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM
  • Los Colognes, Barley’s, 10:00 PM
  • The Tillers, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 10:00 PM



Sunday, September 6

  • Jazz Brunch @ 5 Bar, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Shifflett and Hannah (jazz), Bistro at the Bijou, Noon – 2:00 PM
  • Boomsday: The Final Countdown, Activities by the River, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Boomsday Celebration: A Night at the McClung Museum, Food/Craft Cocktails/Live Music/Private Viewing of the Fireworks and more, Fundraiser for the museum, 327 Circle Park, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, $200
  • Upstairs Underground Comedy Open Mic, Preservation Pub, 8:00 PM
  • Wisewater, Barley’s, 8:00 PM
  • Boomsday Fireworks, 9:30 PM
  • Glo Paint Party Tour, The International, 10:00 PM, $10/$20

Monday, September 7

Tuesday, September 8

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Zak Shaffer (Singer-Songwriter) / Kelle Jolly & Will Boyd, Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • Singer/Songwriter Open Mic, Preservation Pub Speakeasy, 7:00 PM
  • Einstein Simplified, Comedy Improv, Scruffy City Hall, 8:00 PM
  • Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego, Barley’s, 10:00 PM