As Sundown in the City nears the end of its annual run, you may be wondering what you’re going to fill your Thursday nights with during the rest of the summer. One option for July through September will be the new Old City Live music series at the outdoor stage behind Southbound Bar & Grill on Central Street in the Old City.
The series, sponsored by Old City business owners and partially funded by the city of Knoxville, starts on Thursday, July 2, with performances by Mic Harrison and J.C. and the Dirty Smokers and runs through Sept. 24. The free shows start at 8 p.m. and will run until 11 p.m., and beer and liquor will be available. The schedule hasn’t been completely finalized, but so far includes concerts by Roger Cline and the Peacemakers (July 9); Paul Thorn and Chuck Norris (July 16); John Cowan and the Grassabillies (July 23); the Coalmen and Homer Heart (July 30); Cody McCower and Kata and the Blaze (Aug. 20); Blueground Undergrass (Aug. 27); the Coveralls (Sept. 3); and Cutthroat Shamrock (Sept. 24).
Jay Campbell, booking manager at Southbound, says he intends to keep the schedule a mix of local, regional, and national headliners, with local artists filling each of the opening slots. Campbell says the sponsors regard the series as a revitalization effort for the Old City.
The Old City stage, which has capacity for somewhere between 3,500 and 5,000 people, hosted Sundown in the City in 2003, during construction on Market Square.