Holidays Culminate with a Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year to each of you. I hope your holidays were as filled with family and friends, music and great food, as mine. I love me some low-key, drama free holidays and this one fit the bill. A lot of it involved simply enjoying what’s available to us all around downtown. We had guests, […]

Thanksgiving Quickly Turns to Christmas in the City

I hope you had a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving filled with friends and family and lots of love. I know some people dread the holidays for many different personal reasons and, for you, I hope the holiday provided you with good moments and that your worst fears weren’t realized. Holidays are a tricky business. Ours […]

Big Ears 2016, A First Look

The Big Ears Festival could be considered multiple festivals. The music remains the focal center, of course, and involves its own personal, interactive and extremely eclectic journey. Film supports general ethos established by the music and that component has grown and expanded virtually to the point of needing its own festival. A cult has grown […]

Saturday Sounds: Andrew Leahey and the Homestead

It’s hard to comprehend the many exceptional live musical series we get to enjoy in downtown Knoxville. From the seasons presented each year by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and Knoxville Opera, to Jazz on the Square and Variety Thursdays. Alive After Five has yielded great music for many years at the […]

Wine Bar Coming to the Old City

Soft spoken and self-effacing, Thomas Boyd exudes quiet determination. We met at his parents’ well-known Old City establishment to talk about his new venture. It marks a sharp departure from the trajectory he’s followed since high school. Growing up in Knoxville he knew from a very young age he wanted to be in a band. […]