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Alive After Five 2014 Fall Series Schedule PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 21:01

October 17 – Robinella

$10 General Admission · $5 with Membership or student ID · Free for ages 17 and under

Robinella is the name of the band led by Robin Ella Bailey and features Taylor Coker on bass, Mike Seal on guitar, Nolan Nevels on drums, Justin Haynes on keyboards, and Jamel Mitchell on saxophone. Raised in a very musical family  in Blount County, Robin Ella’s early influences were Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and others. Later, while in college, she was discovered the song stylings of Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, and she has been a genre-defying singer ever since. Her silky and expressive voice glides from country and Americana to swing to blues and jazz with ease, and her band has the chops to make it flow seamlessly.

Food available from Stir Fry Café


October 24 – Jenna & Her Cool Friends

$10 General Admission · $5 with Membership or student ID · Free for ages 17 and under

Led by charismatic vocalist, Jenna Jefferson, this terrifically talented 7-member band has had a great year so far. They’ve been voted Knoxville’s Best Blues Band in the Metro Pulse Readers’ Poll, recorded their first CD, opened for B. B. King in the Tennessee Theatre, and won the Smoky Mountain Blues Challenge, which means they’re off to Memphis in January to compete in the International Blues Challenge.

Food available from Qdoba Mexican Grill


October 31 – Costume Partywith Boys’ Night Out


$15 General Admission · $10 with Membership or student ID · Free for ages 17 and under


It’s a Halloween Friday, and we’re looking forward to throwing another costume party with the Carolina beach music of Boys’ Night Out, one of the all-time favorites at AA5. This eleven-member band celebrated their 30th year anniversary this summer, and they are still going strong. So whether you don a costume or come as you are, a good time is going to be had by one and all!

Food available from Pleasantries Cakes & Catering


November 7 – Steve Brown “Threnody” CD Release Party


$10 General Admission · $5 with Membership or student ID · Free for ages 17 and under


Steve Brown is probably better known as the drummer for the Hector Qirko Band and Dor L’Dor, but he is also quite an accomplished composer. He debuted his critically acclaimed first CD, “Within,” at AA5 in 2010. His second CD, “Threnody,” includes a song for Martin Luther King, Jr., a song in memory of two of Knoxville’s beloved musicians, Bill Scarlett and Rocky Wynder. and other tunes that explore a mix of sounds, including  jazz, klezmer,  latin,  and other influences from world music.  Joining Steve will be Joe Thompson and Greg Tardy on saxophones and clarinet, Mark Boling on guitar, Bill Swann on piano, Rusty Holloway on bass, and David Knight on percussion.

Food available from The Viet Grill



November 21 – “Tribute to Donny Hathaway” featuring Donald Brown with Evelyn Jack


$10 General Admission · $5 with Membership or student ID · Free for ages 17 and under


Donald Brown is Knoxville’s preeminent jazz musician, and he is also a marvelous rhythm & blues performer and a great admirer of Grammy-winning jazz, blues, soul, and gospel singer, musician and songwriter Donny Hathaway whose career ended tragically at an early age. Joining him in this “Tribute” is vocalist Evelyn Jack, and they are backed by a fabulous group of musicians, including Donald’s son Keith Brown on keyboards, Vance Thompson on trumpet, Jamel Mitchell on saxophone, Glyn Loyd on bass, and Jared White on drums.

Food available from F.A.T.S BBQ



December 12 – Holiday Dance Partywith The Streamliners Swing Orchestra

(Extended hours: 6:00-9:30 pm) and The Kayley Farmer Project


$15 General Admission · $10 with Membership or student ID · Free for ages 17 and under


The fall series concludes with Knoxville’s fabulous 17-member Streamliners Swing Orchestra. You can dance off those extra holiday pounds as they play the classic big band music of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Peggy Lee, with a little  Louis Jordan and Louis Prima mixed in for extra fun! Opening the show will be Streamliners vocalist Kayley Farmer and her smaller Project who will get the evening started off in a festive spirit as they perform a variety of holiday favorites.

Food available from The Tootsie Truck/Savor Catering

Old Crow Medicine Show at Tennessee Theatre for Two Nights in December PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:44

Old Crow Medicine Show are currently on tour in support of their new album Remedy, which was recently released via ATO Records.  The band will be performing two nights at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN on December 11th & 12th.  Doors open at 7 PM and showtime is 8PM.

Remedy's July 1st release, marked the band's highest debut on the Billboard Top 200 (#15) in the band's 16 year career.  
The new song "Sweet Amarillo” a collaboration with Bob Dylan has been a hot topic of interest for press, and the video for the song premiered worldwide via CMT during release week.  Click
HERE to view.

The press has unanimously embraced RemedyNPR Music premiered the album via First Listen followed by an in depth interview for NPR’s Morning Edition.  (Click HERE to listen.)  The album has also received coverage in the form of positive reviews and features via Garden & Gun, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Esquire, Country Weekly,, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Onion AV Club, Relix and Paste. With fans, ranging from hipsters to college students to music purists young and old, Old Crow Medicine Show continue to bring traditional string band music into the modern era.

Old Crow Medicine Show's story is truly one of building a career from the ground up.  While busking in the North Carolina town of Boone, they were discovered by folk icon Doc Watson.  Since then the band has toured the world, received mass critical praise, and sold over 800,000 albums.  The band’s single “Wagon Wheel” received the 
RIAA’s platinum certification for selling over one million copies, and they were recently asked to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry.  The band was also a part of the Big Easy Express tour and documentary along with Mumford & Sons and  Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.  They were awarded a Grammy for "Best Long Form Music Video" for their part in the film.

An Interview with Josh Carter of Phantogram PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:37

Autumn is upon us and already there is a sense of slowing. The increasingly, albeit slowly, shortening days are filled with a crispness still, colored by a lingering taste of summer’s stunning heat. A change is coming sonically to what we crave musically and Phantogram’s “You are the Ocean,” sums so perfectly the moodiness that the seasons bring. “In the fall I get lonely/In the winter I'm still lonely/Come the knives of the springtime/In the summer, I go crazy” (“You are the Ocean” – Phantogram). 2014’s “Voices” has flooded the airwaves and traversed its way across the globe and is paramount to almost all other music released this year. Recently, we caught up with Josh Carter to talk about the birth of a song, things to remember on the road and Bill Murray’s underwater adventures.

While working on “Eyelid Movies,” Josh and bandmate Sarah Barthel would jam over a drum track, sometimes for hours, waiting on the magic to come together in the form of a song. What followed were rave reviews and a mass hysteria over their inventive and incendiary sound that propelled the band into the international spotlight. In recent years, the duo added a multi-instrumentalist and a drummer, taking their already explosive live shows to, simply put ahhh-mazing. “Voices” brought a change to that process. “Generally that’s how our first album worked. We would jam over a beat. A lot of that happened in the making of “Voices,” but it is different every time. We traded off a lot of the time. I would start working on a beat or I’d start writing a song, and if I got stuck, I’d hand it off to Sarah. It was almost like an exquisite corpse. It wasn’t a total surprise what the other person was going to come up with. It was a way of sharing in that sense. We were also thinking that we wanted more players live, so I thought about who is going to play on this record and who do we have to hire to play synths and samplers and guitar. Right now, we’re really happy with our line-up. It’s a bit more freeing to have more people on the stage balancing out the sound.”

An Interview with the Irresistible Laura Reed PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 October 2014 11:17


Have you ever met someone, one of those people who are bubbling over with, well, everything; the kind of person who causes you to look at yourself in the mirror; the kind of person who just glows? On a warm summer night, a few weeks back, wandering merrily into The International in Knoxville, TN, I had the pleasure of a few minutes with Laura Reed. I’m a positive person, bursting with ideas and chasing them, and Laura…she was simply in the clouds. Besides self-releasing her new album, “The Awakening,” she has started her own record label (Five Foot Giant Records), and is putting together an epic release party at 12th and Porter in Nashville on Friday, October 3rd. When we caught back up with her, she had just finished a day long photo shoot and was still, to quote our favorite festival Bonnaroo, “Radiating Positivity.”

On Friday, October 3rd, 2014, Reed will put on an extravaganza that will leave even the music frenzied Nashville spinning. The event will be held at 12th and Porter, a staple in downtown Nashville, and will be filled with all of the best parts of the best parts of live music. Check out the video here: ( “It’s actually going to be a pretty amazing show, because I will be using the guy who produced the album. He produced India Aire’s album, toured with Sade, worked with John Legend, Robert Randolph and Marc Broussard, a crazy list of people. He is going to be playing organ, B3 and keys and actually MDing the show. He doesn’t MD for anybody but me, India Aire, and Sade. The band is super tight. He is like Joe Jackson. We’re going to have a string section, horns, and the rhythm section is great Nashville players who did some stuff for the album. It’s going to be cool. It’s going to be a big party. There is going to be lots of confetti (laughing) and lots of production. 12th and Porter has one of the best production systems in town, as far as lighting goes.”

“Awakenings,” will be released on October 7th, 2014 by Reed’s Five Foot Giant Records. Reed’s ability to both craft and deliver her highly delectable music is mesmerizing. Her deep, rich, continuously driven and positive lyrics are simply delightful. When she digs deep, the content hits so close to home that it sends shivers up and down the spine. “It’s that soul thing. It’s being uninhibited with your emotions. My intention is to pull emotion out of people with something they can relate to, where they feel like the song is written about them. I know that for people to completely let go and actually be impacted by music, you have to hit them in a bunch of different ways. You’ve got to make it where they let go and dance. You’ve got to hit them where they are, like’ you just totally expressed the last beak up I went through’ and then you’ve got to hit them with some stuff where thy think, “maybe I want to quit my job because I’m reevaluating my life.’ You want them to think. You want them to not think. You want them to dance and you want them to feel.”

Reed tackles an array of organic elements in her venture. In “Faith Not Fear,” she states “The only one that can defeat me is me.” The song is a constant reminder that we can choose how we live. “That was about me leaving Atlanta and coming to Nashville and not really knowing what to expect; not knowing if it was a good decision or bad decision. It was totally a leap of faith. You know when you’re really facing a big decision and you almost have to talk yourself into it? Sometimes you have to inspire yourself. That is where some of these songs come from. Sometimes it’s the advice I need myself. Maybe it’s cheesy, I will hear some of these songs and it doesn’t even feel like it’s me. I will hear “Faith not Fear” and it will re-inspire me. If I heard it right now, it would inspire me. I don’t know how to explain it. Sometimes when I’m writing, especially that song…it’s like the whole song fell on me. I was staying at Paul Worley’s house. I had just moved to Nashville. I didn’t even know how to play piano and I wrote the song on piano. It was like I was struck by lightning. Some songs are just like that. It’s almost hard to take credit for the lyrics, for some of the energy behind it. It’s like it just hit me and it’s what I needed at that time, because I was doubting myself. That song was about me being re-inspired and realizing that the only one that can defeat me is me, that I have to have faith not fear and that I’ve got to follow my fire. I’ve got to inspire people and trust that this is my purpose and go with it.”

“Killin Em with Kindness” deals with backstabbing and the shameful ways that people can treat one another. “You’re going with the original version. There is the version on the album and the one I just released on YouTube. The original was more of a personal…people back stab you and you’ve got to let it roll off. I sent that to Shannon, my producer, and he said, ‘I love it, but how do we make it bigger?’ How do we make it global on a humanity level? That song is all about being able to see through and zoom out.

In the midst of shopping her new album, Reed became dissatisfied with the ideas and suggestions that were coming her way. “The climate of the music industry is so single based and no one wants to get behind a project. I said, no, this is a body of work. We chose these ten songs and put them in that order for a reason. I don’t want to put out a single. I want to put out an album. I was getting frustrated. I remember Shannon (producer) said, ‘Why don’t you put it out yourself. Start a label and call it Five Foot Giant.’ I refer to myself as a five foot giant because I’m five foot and I’ve got a pretty good personality and I’m pretty feisty. It’s literally a mom and pop label operation, but we’re getting some traction. This morning I went to a music meeting at Lightning 100 in Nashville and out of all the songs that were pitched today, my song “Wake Up” was the only song that was chosen across the board. If you’re like me, I work hard and I know how I want it done. (Laughing) I’ve never had a record label, so why not. Bucket list? Check!”

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An Interview with Vintage Trouble PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 September 2014 10:19

Over the last four years, Vintage Trouble has been criss crossing the globe in support of their LP, “The Bomb Shelter Sessions” and are currently out on support of their newest offering, “The Swing House Acoustic Sessions.” Their sound is a throwback to this Staxx/Muscle Shoals sound. The joyful explosion they create is reminiscent of Little Richard meets James Brown with a side of Sam and Dave thrown in for free. Tonight they will be performing at The Bijou Theater in Knoxville, Tennessee at 8pm. We suggest wearing something flame retardant to keep you from burning up when the music hits you and singer Ty Taylor’s dance moves set the stage for an all-out dance party. Recently we caught up with the guys to talk about the motivation behind their songs, the history of dance and what can happen when “Total Strangers” decide to get involved.

On a bus somewhere in Indiana, the guys from Vintage Trouble drop me a line. They are in the most jovial of moods, and oh so talkative. Their positive nature is infectious and soon we are all bantering like old friends. Most recently, their song “Pelvis Pusher” has been a subject of much discussion and consideration in my traveling circle. While covering a festival in Virginia, I noticed a lot of upper half dancing. What I mean to say, is that people were rocking, but not rolling. Nothing below the hips came into play. Upon finding people who were there to get down, we quickly saw the dancing become contagious. “Pelvis Pusher” covers that territory nicely and without a doubt, will force your hips to swing. (Nalle Colt – Guitar) “As to inspiration, we stated off in a blues club in Los Angeles and we were playing there every week. We’d been really into early and mid 50’s kind of music. It has that kind of certain energy to it.” (Rick Dill – Bass) “I remember being in a rehearsal room talking about calling people out. There have been some songs that have done that before, but we wanted to do our song that did the same thing. Why do you want to sit still when the groove is moving? You know you like it; don’t be afraid to let yourself go. It’s such and EDM world and our stuff comes along and people are used to dancing the way they do to the EDM stuff, which can be a little rigid and we’re trying to ask them to figure out how to dance a little bit more.” (Richard Danielson –Drums) “I was listening to a lot of Little Richard, and the drummer for Little Richard (Earl Palmer) threw the eighth notes on the high hat and the snare and it has a certain swing, between straight time and Jazz. With “Pelvis Pusher,” I just took that concept and put it on the bass drum.” (Ty Taylor – Singer/Dance Master) “A lot of times, in the world right now, people are so heady, and try to solve all of the problems by thinking so much, but we also want to have lyric content that would just make people shake their body in their lower region, where the root chakra is, because that’s where life begins. Then you can just shake a lot of sense into your body and a lot of nonsense out of your body. That’s where it came from, asking people to get out of their heads and into their butt.”

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