Knoxville Music Festival underway with music all week

By: Jared Hagemann Email
By: Jared Hagemann Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A week of music acts at venues around Downtown Knoxville is underway as part of the Knoxville Music & Film Festival.

This is the first year of the festival, and acts will be performing through this Saturday.

Organizer Jeremiah LongBear explains, " I think this is a chance for Knoxville to reconnect with Downtown life and kick off a summer of music. There are a lot of new events going on, new venues, and a huge scene of new musical acts. This festival is just the kick off of downtown events. There is a reason to come back every weekend throughout the summer."

The bands come from across the spectrum of music genres, and include both local and visiting.

"The Knoxville Film and Music Festival is a big step for Knoxville in the direction of hosting an annual premiere arts and entertainment event in our Scruffy Little City," said Preservation Pub owners Bernadette and Scott West, explaining their excitement about what the festival means for Knoxville, "This year involves hundreds of creative professionals involved in all kinds of visual and auditory arts; however, we expect growth over the next few years to be exponential and greatly beneficial to all of Knoxville."

Festival passes cost $25 and VIP passes cost $50, and allow pass holders to enter any venue without paying a cover charge.

Next week, the Film Festival portion begins, and films will be show across Downtown.

Here's a schedule of events for the Music Festival.


Monday, June 3rd:

Preservation Pub – 8 p.m. - Vagabond Philo, Copper Into Steel | $5
Preservation Pub – 11 p.m. - Widespread Panic Afterparty | $5

The Bowery – 11 p.m. - Widespread Panic Afterparty | $5


Tuesday, June 4th

Windows on the Park at the Downtown Holiday Inn – 5 p.m. To 8 p.m. – Chris Canada Jazz Quartet

Preservation Pub – 10 p.m. – Band Eat Band Contest – Blue Heavy, Royal Hounds, Big Jon & the Nationals, Baseball | $5

The Bowery – 11 p.m. - Widespread Panic Afterparty | $5


Wednesday, June 5th

Preservation Pub – 8 p.m. – Band Eat Band Contest – Crumbsnatchers, Skytown Riot, Soulfinger, Hudson K | $5

Blackstock – 8 p.m. – Deconbio, Cryogen Second, Chrome Molly | FREE

Hanna's – 9 p.m. – J2 Delta, Crackteam, MatLib, iRell | $5

Hanna's (Upstairs) – 9 p.m. – BoltAction, Master Raptor, Subsergence, DJ Kandyann | $5

Union Place – 9 p.m. – Knoxville Bass Mafia | $5


Thursday, June 6th

Preservation Pub Speakeasy – 6 p.m – Creative Video Music Awards Kickoff | Free

Market Square Stage – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Sam Hatmaker | FREE

Preservation Pub – 8 p.m. – Band Eat Band Contest – Tame the Hurricane, Smooth Operationz, Far Far Away, Backup Planet, Pegasi 51 | $5

Bella Luna – 8:30 p.m. – Keith Brown and the Nu Jazz Fourtet | $10

Hanna's – 9 p.m – Hip Hop Night – Kwamane, Dominic Gillette, cLEEN, $ecret City Gang, Mac Sosa, JuJu & James Earl, Oversat, $ales Team | $5

Hanna’s (Upstairs) – 9 p.m. – Trick-J, Boss Awesome, D-Alpha, Moniker, DJ Static Burn | $5


Friday, June 7th

Market Square Stage – 5 p.m. To 10 p.m. – Bob Dylan Birthday Bash – Lonesome Coyotes, RB Morris, Kevin Abernathy, Kelle Jolly, Norwegian Wood, Itchy & the Hater Tots, Clint Farley | FREE

Old City Bandstand – 6 p.m. – Flux Pavilion, Skism & Sour Kandi (limited VIP Passes Only) | $25 or VIP PASS

Blackstock – 6:30 p.m. – On My Honor, Far From Proper, Bad Ideas, Nothing to Write Home About, Minor Nine (limited VIP Passes Only) | $10 or VIP PASS

Preservation Pub – 8 p.m. – The Vibraslaps, The Future | $5

Preservation Pub Speakeasy – Knoxville Film and Music Festival and Gallery 133 Art Opening | Free


Saturday, June 8th

Worlds Fair Park (Knox Gives) – 3 p.m. – The Bus Driver Tour, Big Country’s Empty Bottle, Guy Marshall, Ian Thomas and Band of Drifters, Strung Like a Horse, Baseball the Band, The Jojax | FREE

Preservation Pub – 7 p.m. – Tree Tops, Static Revival, Tame the Hurricane, Deep Green, Maps Need Reading, Appalachian Fury, Crumbsnatchers, Mobility Chief | $5

NV – 9 p.m. – Those Darlins, PUJOL, The Kingston Springs, El El | $10 for NV and Bowery | VIP Pass holders at this show will have exclusive access to the VIP and Artist Bar upstairs

The Bowery – 9 p.m. – Dracula Horse Records Showcase – Ex Gold, YungLife, The Nimoids, Team Steam, Heatstroke, Wesley Wyrickm Arrete | $10 for NV and Bowery

Blackstock – 9 p.m. – DJ Slink, Jason Paul


Sunday, June 9th

NV – 6 p.m. – Filter, Emmure & Born of Osiris | $17

Preservation Pub Rooftop – 6 p.m. To 9 p.m. – Gage Talent VIP Party (Cindy Alpert and the Corduroy Jazz Trio) | VIP Pass Holders Only


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