Hola Festival 2019

The Hola Festival was one of the first festivals I covered after I started this website. It has continued to be one of my favorites as it has moved through a number of locations and configurations. It also continues to be a Knoxville favorite, attracting large crowds for its mix of great food and cultural […]

Space Head Opens at 24 Market Square

It’s been a matter of some speculation for a long time. In June 2017, Bliss announced that it would leave 24 Market Square for a new location on Gay Street after spending fourteen years at the address. The move took a while, but as of November 2017, the storefront was empty and the watch began. […]

The Lost Tavern Opens at 20 Market Square

It’s smoky, but the only smoke found in the new tavern on Market Square is found in the food, drink and the atmosphere. The new noir-themed craft cocktail bar on Market Square represents the latest opening by the West family and, unlike their other establishments, Scott West points out the “entertainment” in this venue is […]

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 […]

Ruby Sunshine Opens at 37 Market Square

The thirteenth location of Ruby Sunshine restaurant opened on Monday in downtown Knoxville at 37 Market Square. It becomes the second location in Tennessee (Franklin opened two months ago) for the restaurant based in New Orleans, where it is called Ruby Slipper. Food Manager Ian Shordon, who you may know from Lonesome Dove or Landing […]