If you love music, you’ll love living in Knoxville. The city teems with all kinds of live musical performances practically every night, in genres that range from classical to good ol’ rock and roll.
Knoxville and rock and roll are irrevocably intertwined, thanks in large part to the Everly Brothers. These rock and roll legends were Knoxville locals, and the city today features various landmarks commemorating its famous sons.
All around Knoxville are venues where you can regularly enjoy topnotch rock and roll performances by local and national bands and artists. Here are just some of these venues:
28 Market Square
Knoxville’s most happening bar found in the entertainment cathedral of Scruffy City Hall features more than 80 bands every month, with live performances every night by rock, blues, and country artists. Improv and comedy shows are also regular features. There’s a cozy “speakeasy” as and a roof garden where music sessions are.
The Mill & Mine
227 W. Depot Avenue
This event and concert venue in historic Downtown Knoxville features an indoor stage that can accommodate up to 1,200 people. Boasting state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, the Mill & Mine is a favorite venue of local and national performers, including rock and roll acts, jazz orchestras, and more.
803 South Gay StreetThis historic venue opened in 1909 and is now one of the most revered landmarks in East Tennessee. Over the decades, it has hosted various performances including opera, comedy, vaudeville, and, of course, rock and roll. Its US Cellular Stage has been called “one of the best sounding rooms in the country” by The New York Times. Performers who have graced this stage include Joan Baez, Bob Weir, The xx, and Richard Thomson. Bijou Theater also houses the popular Bistro Restaurant. The Bijou Theatre is one of the most popular Knoxville destinations on this list.
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Knoxville Visitors Center
301 S. Gay Street
This independent radio station is all about roots music, and commits to continuing the Knoxville tradition of noontime live radio shows. It stages Bluegrass and Americana performances by local and regional musicians. It is from Monday to Saturday at the Knoxville Visitors Center, aired live at noon over the station.
940 Blackstock AvenueLocated at the Warehouse District, this concert and events venue is the latest go-to place in Knoxville for rock and roll performances. It takes over the space formerly occupied by the well-known nightspot, Valarium. Performers at The International include local and national rock artists, as well as international DJs.
Open Chord Café
8502 Kingston PikeInspired by the musical community of Knoxville, this café features live music of various genres every week, including rock and roll. The intimate concert setting makes it the favorite of music fans who enjoy not only the performances of local and national touring acts, but also the food and brews, as well as the music store at the back of the cafe. Open Chord also offers music lessons and hosts Open Mic Nights on Wednesdays.
Knoxville is not only a great place to visit but to call home as well. These Knoxville destinations are a must see!