Live Music in Knoxville

Though not as storied as nearby Nashville, the music scene in Knoxville, Tennessee is nothing to scoff at. Just a short drive from the “Music City,” Knoxville is able to attract top bands and musicians from around the country. The city of just over 186,000 has quite a few larger venues that are able to draw in the big names, but Knoxville is also home to a number of smaller music venues that double as bars and restaurants. Any music fan heading to Knoxville should be sure to check out these venues while visiting. Whether you are hoping to catch your favorite band or discover something new, load up the car and discover some of the best live music venues in Knoxville.

Open Chord

The Open Chord is quite literally a one-stop-shop for all of your music needs. Featuring an incredibly well stocked music store, renowned music school, and live venue, the Open Chord is a great place to catch a show. The venue has a capacity of 250 people and has a great selection of beer and food to enjoy while you watch the show.

Boyd’s Jig and Reel

What initially started as a small scale spot for people to enjoy whiskey and listen to Scottish music has quickly grown into one of the top live music venues in all of Knoxville. Boyd’s offers an amazing selection of Scotch whiskey and has over 800 total options to try! There is a show every night and bands of all genres are welcome.

Scruffy City Hall

Scruffy City Hall is one of the best live music venues in all of Knoxville. It is part of the larger Scruffy City complex, which features shops, food, wine, and a craft beer pub. Spending a day here prior to seeing a show is sure to be a great time. The three tiered (each one has it’s own bar!) venue is a “working piece of art” and offers visitors the chance to see a concert in a beautiful and unique setting. A concert here has the potential to be a once in a lifetime experience and is a must stop for music lovers of all types!

Brackins Blues Club

With great food and drink options, as well as some of the best blues music around, Brackins is another favorite local venue. Before enjoying one of their near nightly shows, make sure to sample one of their tasty southern style appetizers. The kitchen is open until at least 10 pm each night, making it a great place to end your evening.

Tennessee Theatre

A 1920’s movie theater converted to music and event venue, the Tennessee Theatre is one of the best options to catch big names coming through Knoxville. The venue has a capacity of just over 1,500 patrons and is primarily focused on Broadway style shows these days. However, big name bands such as Modest Mouse will occasionally make a stop at this historic venue.

Jubilee Arts Center

Home of the Laurel Theater, the Jubilee Arts Center is home to weekly dances. Each day of the week features a different style of dance, ranging from English Country Dancing to Swing Dancing to Square Dancing. The venue also hosts a variety of local and regional bands on the weekends. This is a great way to experience Knoxville outside of the typical tourist destinations.

Mill and Mine

The Mill and Mine is a state of the art music venue located downtown Knoxville. The venue hosts big name artists such as Kurt Vile, Father John Misty, and Gary Clark Jr. The venue is a top destination for indie bands in particular, but tends to offer a wide range of music. If you are going to Knoxville check their schedule, as you never know who may be making a stop!

WDVX Live Radio Show

Focusing primarily on Americana and Bluegrass, local radio station WDVX hosts a live music show at the downtown Visitor’s Center. The “Blue Plate Special,” as it is called, is a great to catch a local band in a intimate setting. Shows occur Monday through Saturday and most days will have multiple bands performing.

Knoxville is just as vibrant and lively as many other Tennessee cities. With great bands touring the state and the country, you’re sure to find something in Knoxville you love. Even if you don’t live in the area, it’s still a great road trip destination to catch some tunes.