KMA Alive After Five announces schedule

The Knoxville Museum of Art announces the fall series of Alive After Five with seven performances, premiering with Ian Thomas & The Band of Drifters on Friday, September 28, 2012 from 6-8:30 pm.

After traveling for years as a street performer, Ian Thomas began playing clubs in New York City, where he recorded his debut album "A Young Man's Blues" and his follow-up "Live at Rockwood Music Hall.” Since then, he has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Corey Harris, Dr. John, Sam Bush, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and The Avett Brothers. Drawing on a variety of American roots influences, Thomas delivers a captivating, raw live performance and distinctive sound from his original compositions on guitar, harmonica and kazoo. The Band of Drifters are Brock Henderson on electric and pedal-steel guitars, Chris Zuhr on upright bass, and Jon Whitlock on percussion. Together, they produce a sound reminiscent of old-time country blues and western swing, with some Cajun-like rhythms stirring the dance floor and a nod of approval from the ghost of Johnny Cash.

With one exception, this year’s fall series will be presented every other week and conclude on December 14. Knoxville’s top blues band, Jenna & Her Cool Friends, a seven-member band led by vivacious vocalist Jenna Jefferson, will perform on October 12. Even though it will be five days before Halloween, everyone is encouraged to come in costume and/or beach attire on October 26 to enjoy the Carolina beach music of the ever popular Boys’ Night Out. The month of November will feature three shows, with two of them on consecutive weeks.

On November 9, The Atomic Horns from Oak Ridge will perform a “mushroom cloud” of dance music. Then on the next Friday, November 16, one of Knoxville’s jazz treasures, Lance Owens, will perform at a CD release party for the first recorded album in his seventy-year career. November 30 would be the 97th birthday of Brownie McGhee, Knoxville’s most notable blues performer, and in his honor Slow Blind Hill, Knoxville’s longest running blues band, will perform, as will Big Jon & The Nationals, one of the newest blues bands on the scene. The fall series concludes on December 14 with a “Holiday Dance Party”, featuring the fabulous big band sounds of The Streamliners Swing Orchestra with special guest vocalist R. B. Morris.

Alive After Five is a unique live music series presented on thirty or more Fridays per year in four seasonal series. The programs take place in the smoke-free, casually elegant setting of the Great Hall in the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is a live band on stage, seating at tables, two cash bars, food from area restaurants/caterers, free freshly popped popcorn, free portrait drawing, free parking, and a licensed therapeutic masseuse/masseur is available. Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries.

Admission to the fall series premier of Alive After Five is $8 for general admission and $4 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free. Alive After Five is sponsored by Cherokee Distributing Company, East Tennessee PBS, Metro Pulse, WDVX-89.9FM, and For more information about the Alive After Five series, please contact Michael Gill at (865) 934-2039.
The 2012 Fall Series Schedule for “Alive After Five”:

                        (all shows 6:00-8:30 pm)

Ian Thomas

September 28 – Ian Thomas & The Band of Drifters

$8-general, $4-KMA members and students with ID


October 12 – Jenna & Her Cool Friends

$9-general, $5-KMA members and students with ID


October 26 – “Costume Party” with Boys’ Night Out

$10-general, $6-KMA members and students with ID


November 9 – The Atomic Horns

$10-general, $6-KMA members and students with ID


November 16 – Lance Owens CD Release Party

$8-general, $4-KMA members and students with ID


November 30 – “Brownie McGhee Birthday Bash” with Slow Blind Hill

and Big Jon & The Nationals

$8-general, $4-KMA members and students with ID


December 14 – The Streamliners Swing Orchestra with special guest R. B. Morris

$12-general, $8-KMA members and students with ID



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