Music Returns to Market Square

Local government is making an effort to fill the vacuum left by the end of the Sundown in the City series of free concerts, which AC Entertainment canceled this year.

Last week, the city of Knoxville and WDVX, in partnership with the local event production company Stellar Visions and Sound, announced the new Market Square Concert Series, scheduled to start on Thursday, April 26, with a performance by the local roots band Grassroots Gringos. The series is scheduled for select Thursday nights, not on a weekly or monthly basis.

One key difference between the new series and sundown: no booze outside of the bars and restaurants on the Square. The shows will "spotlight local and regional acts in a range of genres to create a vibrant, family-friendly atmosphere on the Square," according to the city's press release.

There's more live music coming to the Square this spring: the weekly Jazz on the Square series, featuring a rotating lineup of local jazz performers, starts on Tuesday, May 1, from 7-9 p.m.