Alive After Five and Tennessee Valley Fair Announce Music Lineups

You can start planning your post-Bonnaroo music calendar now, starting with the venerable Alive After Five series of blues, jazz, and R&B concerts at the Knoxville Museum of Art, which has just announced its lineup for the summer season. Alive After Five kicks off on Friday, June 17, with the local swing revivalists Christabel and the Jons, followed by the tropical rock of the Kirk Fleta Band (June 24); eight-piece soul/funk combo Soulfinger (July 8); the John Myers Band's country soul and gospel (July 15); the Carib Sounds Steel Band (July 22); Michael Crawley's resuscitated blues act Crawdaddy (July 29); North Carolina blues duo the King Bees (Aug. 5); and Blue Mother Tupelo (Aug. 12). All shows start at 6 p.m.; admission to most shows is $8 (Christabel and the Jons and the Carib Sounds Steel Band are $9), with discounts for KMA members and students. The series also offers new tabled seating and a beer and wine bar on the museum's third floor, where admission is free.

Looking even further ahead, the Tennessee Valley Fair's music lineup features the usual mix of country music newcomers and nostalgia acts. The music, scheduled for the Homer Hamilton Theatre at Chilhowee Park, starts on Friday, Sept. 9, with rising country star Brett Eldredge, followed by veteran East Tennessee performer James Rogers (Sunday, Sept. 11); '90s hangers-on Sister Hazel (Monday, Sept. 12); Nashville duo Thompson Square (Tuesday, Sept. 13); classic rock survivors 38 Special (Wednesday, Sept. 14); "Beer on the Table" singer Josh Thompson (Thursday, Sept. 15); new jack swingers Boyz II Men (Friday, Sept. 16); local blue-eyed country soul singer Con Hunley (Saturday, Sept 17); and country chart-topper Jerrod Niemann (Sunday, Sept. 18).