A complete schedule of events can be found here.
Sugarlands Speakeasy Opening Night Party
at Historic Westwood
Kick off the Knoxville Stomp in style with a dinner, drinks and live music at one of Knoxville’s most beautiful historic homes. Sugarlands Shine will be on hand with signature cocktails inspired by the Knoxville Sessions, and the Knox County Jug Stompers will fill the place with the music of 1920s Tennessee. Break out your boater hats and beaded dresses — or even your overalls — and join us in partying 1920s style!
Thursday, May 5 | 6pm | Tickets: $35 | Purchase
Dom Flemons presents: A Few of My Favorite Records
with the Knox County Jug Stompers
Join The American Songster, Dom Flemons, as he presents an evening of old time music — both live and recorded. In addition to performances from Dom’s trio and the Knox County Jug Stompers, Dom will spin some of his favorite 78rpm records on a vintage Victrola and talk about what makes the recordings great. The evening will be interspersed with film clips from the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound and will be recorded on wax cylinder by historic audiophile extraordinaire Martin Fisher. Don’t be surprised if there are special guests, as well!
Friday, May 6 | 7pm | Tickets: $25 | Purchase
Stomp on the Square
presented by Visit Knoxville and WDVX
Get ready to hear a slew of bands perform their own versions of songs from the Knoxville Sessions in this foot-stomping evening of live music on Market Square.
4:00pm: Sean McCollough South Knoxville Elementary Students
4:45pm: Eli Fox
5:30pm: Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings
6:15pm: ETSU’s Old Time Pride Band
7:00pm: The Bearded with the Knoxville Banjo Orchestra
8:00pm: Georgia Crackers
8:45pm: The Streamliners Swing Orchestra
Saturday, May 7 | 4-10pm | free
The Blue Plate Special
The WDVX Blue Plate Special® is a live performance radio show held at the WDVX studio inside the Knoxville Visitor Center. Special Knoxville Stomp artists will be announced soon. Sugarlands Distilling Company supports the Blue Plate Special®.
Friday, May 6 – Matt Kinman, Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings
Saturday, May 7 – Carolina Cud Chewers (plus surprise guests!)
12pm | free
Square-dance-a-thon at the Emporium Center
presented by the Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance
With a rotating array of callers and bands, the Emporium Center for the Arts will be the place to cut loose on the dance floor! Enjoy live accompaniment from The Mumbillies, the Hellgramites and the Corn Potato String Band and some of the best callers East Tennessee has to offer. Never square-danced before? Come at noon for a free lesson!
Saturday, May 7 | 12-4pm | free
Sunday on Market Square
Market Square is the place to be on Mother’s Day. Come on down for old time music from Bill and the Belles, gospel from the True House of God Chorus, blues from the John Myers Band and even an old time fiddle contest!
Sunday, May 8 | 12-6pm | free
Jazz Me Blues Night
Celebrate the jazz and blues musicians of the Knoxville Sessions with a night of live music and film, hosted by Kelle Jolly and the Will Boyd Project. They’ll be joined by the Tennessee Sheiks and Frog & Toad’s Dixie Quartet, with screenings of Terry Zwigoff’s Louie Bluie and the new documentary Shake ‘em on Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell earlier in the evening. Location TBA
Sunday, May 8 | 6pm | free
Kinman’s Back Porch at Boyd’s Jig and Reel
With so many talented musicians in town, there just aren’t enough hours in the weekend to see them all. But we’re trying! Make your way down to the Old City and end your day with Matt Kinman as he welcomes the Georgia Crackers, the Tennessee Stiff Legs and anyone else who shows up to jam.
Saturday, May 7 | 10pm | free