The City is Alive With Urban Music

What is urban music? Consider the connections you make with various kinds of music. Country and bluegrass music make me think of rural hinterlands. I attached sixties folk and folk rock to cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Rap or Hip Hop is clearly urban, but before that there was an urban […]

Tuesday and Thursday Night Free Music Returns to Market Square

What could be better than a laid-back Tuesday or Thursday night on Market Square when the weather is good? People-watching is always great on the square and with multiple choices of patios offering food and drink, the living is pretty good. But it can get better – and it recently has. The first day of […]

Outdoor Free Jazz Comes to an End for the Season

The Jazz on the Square series has to be one of the best things about downtown Knoxville every summer. Most Tuesday and Thursday nights Vance Thompson, Greg Tardy, Kenneth Brown, Keith Brown and Clint Mullican have kept us entertained since last June. The music is world class: Vance Thompson heads the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Greg […]

The Finished Product: Top Floor of the Arnstein Building Inside and Out

Some of you may remember a previous post in which I was graciously allowed to view some of the apartments inside the Arnstein Building as they were under construction. It’s a fascinating project – Knoxville’s first “skyscraper” at a full seven stories – as well as the intrigue of Urban Outfitters’ fitful romance with our […]

Tuesday Night Jazz and Thursday Night Market Square Concerts

Two great music series are up and running on Market Square. One is returning and the other making its debut this year. The first is the Jazz on the Square Series on Tuesday night from 8:00 – 10:00. A core of musicians including Vance Thompson (leader of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra), Greg Tardy (Head of […]