Old City Performing Arts Center Announces Indiegogo Campaign, Grand Opening, First Season for River & Rail

It’s been a year and a half since the announcement that River & Rail Theatre Company would open and operate the Old City Performing Arts Center at 111 State Street. After a large amount of work behind the scenes, the OCPAC is nearing the end of initial phases of preparation and will open soon. A […]

Rhythm N’ Blooms Unlikely to Happen Next Year (Or Ever?)

You may have seen this reported in Compass (subscribe if you haven’t), or elsewhere, but because it is significant news for downtown, I wanted to mention it in this space: At least a temporary end has been declared for the Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival. Last Friday afternoon, Dogwood Arts issued a statement regarding the […]

An Interview with Tony Lawson as WDVX Celebrates 22 Years of Broadcasting Excellence

In the mid-nineties as my musical tastes increasingly diverged from popular music stations, I longed for another option. Having had strong ties to the radio stations of previous eras, I missed that bond. To be sure, I loved WUTK and listened to WUOT, but I wanted more. At about that time rumors began to circulate […]

Major Announcement from Big Ears: Patti Smith and Band

The Big Ears Festival, which will be held March 26-29, 2020 in downtown Knoxville, has announced additional artists to the lineup. The announcement includes one of the most surprising and exciting ever for the festival, and that is a very high bar. It’s hard to exaggerate the impact Patti Smith has had on popular culture […]

Knox Mason Re-Opens Thursday in New Home

It’s the best of Knoxville stories. The kind of arc that can’t really happen, but does happen because, well, Knoxville. About twenty years ago in a high school typing class, freshman Alpesh Patel and junior Matt Gallaher could never have imagined that their futures would merge in such a major way. To thicken the plot, […]