Calendar of Events

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Tennessee Theatre: Finding Neverland

Category: Dance, Music and Theatre

Part of the 11th Anniversary Season of Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre

The winner of’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

Nief-Norf Summer Festival

Category: Free event and Music

nnSF19 is happening from June 10-24, 2019 in Knoxville, TN. Although there are countless summer festival opportunities, nnSF offers something rare and special. There are countless opportunities to perform, collaborate, and create at our festival, and our nnSF fellows walk away with excellent video, audio, and photo documentation! We know that choosing a summer festival is a big decision, and we are committed to providing an exceptional musical experience each summer.

In case it's been a while since you've checked out all the festival has to offer, we want to share up-to-date info our about our festival: nnSF19 features full-time, faculty-led workshops in performance, composition, and music technology lasting the duration of the festival. The Performance Workshop provides fellows extensive interaction with the faculty, guest composers, and visiting artists, as well as opportunities for professional level performances.

Tennessee Valley Players presents "MAMMA MIA!"

Category: Music and Theatre

Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and some songs with Stig Anderson. Book by Catherine Johnson. Originally conceived by Judy Craymer. MAMMA MIA! Was originally produced in London by Judy Craymer, Richard East, and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal. Additional material & arrangements by Martin Koch. Music published by Universal Music Publishing Group and EMI Grove Park Music Inc. and EMI Waterford Music Inc.

At the Carousel Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916

Thursdays: June 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: June 7 and 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays: June 8 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays: June 9 and 16 at 3:00 p.m.

The Tennessee Valley Players proudly present "MAMMA MIA!” The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. With a large cast, lots of laughs and dynamic dance numbers, "MAMMA MIA!” is the story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads, and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! This musical is presented "in the Round" at the Carousel Theatre next to the Clarence Brown Theatre on the University of Tennessee campus. The Tennessee Valley Players is pleased to produce the show in collaboration with the University of Tennessee School of Music.

Admission is $20 a ticket and for children 12 years old and younger, $10 a ticket. Tickets can be purchased on the Tennessee Valley Players’ website with a credit card ahead of time. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office starting 1 hour prior to each show with cash, check, or credit card. Festival seating.

MORE INFORMATION: Check out Tennessee Valley Players’ website at or call (865) 203-2673.

East Tennessee Bluegrass Association: Jam Sessions

  • April 14, 2019 — December 15, 2019

Category: Free event and Music

Every other Sunday! 2-3 PM for beginners and 3-6 PM for all others.

The East Tennessee Bluegrass Association strives to promote and advance traditional bluegrass music through education, outreach and community for all generations. Support and aid other groups which advocate bluegrass music and to foster a multi-generational community to learn and grow musically.

Check for locations.

WDVX: Downtown Jam at Blackhorse Brewery

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Music

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
1st & 3rd Sunday of each month

Support for WDVX comes from the Blackhorse Brewery on Gay Street in Downtown Knoxville.. Hosting the new WDVX Downtown Jam.. It’s on Sunday afternoon April 7, beginning at three….. Banjos, fiddles, mandolins and guitars all welcome.. This is a great opportunity to meet new musical friends, learn tunes and jam!!


Blackhorse Brewery Gay Street Pub, 430 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 249-8511 or

Union Ave Books: Upcoming Events

  • January 1, 2018 — December 31, 2019

Category: Free event, Literature & readings and Music

Tom Clancy: Enemy Contact, A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel
Mike Maden - Saturday, June 15th @ 6:00 pm
Jack Ryan Jr’s race to stop an international criminal conspiracy is intertwined with the fate of an old friend in this blistering entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. The CIA’s deepest secrets are being given away for a larger agenda that will undermine the entire Western intelligence community. Director of National Intelligence Mary Pat Foley wants it stopped but doesn’t know who, how or why. Jack Ryan, Jr., is dispatched to Poland on a different mission. The clues are thin, and the sketchy trail dead ends in a harrowing fight from which he barely escapes with his life.

The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke
Andrew Lawler - Wednesday, June 19th @ 6:30pm at the East TN History Center
A sweeping account of America’s oldest unsolved mystery, the people racing to unearth its answer, and the sobering truths–about race, gender, and immigration–exposed by the Lost Colony of Roanoke. In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina. Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I, their colony was to establish England’s first foothold in the New World. But when the colony’s leader, John White, returned to Roanoke from a resupply mission, his settlers were nowhere to be found. They left behind only a single clue–a “secret token” carved into a tree. Neither White nor any other European laid eyes on the colonists again.

For more information on all our events, visit our website. Free and open to the public. UNION AVE BOOKS, 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-951-2180,

Lark in the Morn English Country Dancers at the Laurel Theater


Category: Dance, Free event and Music

Sundays at 8:00 PM. 17th-18th Century Social Dancing with live music. Beginners welcome, no partner is required. Also Rapper Sword dance group meets most Sundays at 7:00 PM. Free. Call 865-546-8442.

At the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. For information: 865-522-5851,