New Extended Hours for Art Museum’s “Alive After Five” Summer Series


KNOXVILLE, TN—The Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five music series is extending the length of the program and adding an opening act beginning with the summer series premier featuring performances by Hokum’s Heroes and The LoneTones on Friday, June 13, from 5:30-9:30 pm.

Hokum’s Heroes hail from Boston and play early 20th century pop, twining together the roots of early Jazz, Country Blues, Ragtime, Folk, Vaudeville, Hokum, Gospel, Stringband, Jug Band and Gin House Blues while rendering the result with spontaneity, modern sensibilities and a big backbeat. Its various members have worked on the frontlines of some of America’s best music, having performed and recorded with 1920s-30s stringband legend Howard ‘Louie Bluie’ Armstrong (appearing with him in the PBS documentary “Sweet Old Song”), Morphine, Jim Kweskin, Tarbox Ramblers, Either Orchestra, and many others, at venues as diverse as The Montreal Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, The Boston Folk Festival, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and The New York City Blues Festival, garnering praise from the New York Times, Boston Magazine, The Boston Music Awards and more along the way. A Hokum’s Heroes performance offers a glimpse of a time before record stores and radio stations divided music up – when blues, rags, folk, jazz and more sat side by side on the shelf as popular songs.

A popular Knoxville band, The Lonetones have garnered regional and national attention for their unique style, literate songwriting, inspiring live shows and fine recordings. The band’s instrumentation looks that of a bluegrass or old-time stringband, but their music is influenced heavily by more modern sounds from rock, the folk revival, singer-songwriters, alternative country and even emo. Their music rings from the mountains of Appalachia with a reverent, enduring and, at times, conflicted spirit.

Both Hokum’s Heroes and The LoneTones will be performing at Cove Lake State Park on June 14 as part of  the 2nd annual “Louie Bluie Arts & Music Festival” which pays tribute to the late, great East Tennessee musician and artist, Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong. In honor of Mr. Armstrong and his music, the museum is proclaiming this evening’s “Alive After Five” to be “Louie Bluie Night” and is encouraging audience members to wear something blue or purple (“Louie Bluie” was fond of wearing purple himself) to celebrate the occasion.

For more information about Hokum’s Heroes, visit www.myspace.com/hokumsheroes. To request an interview, contact Bruce Millard at millardcharles@yahoo.com or 617-461-6524.

For more information about The LoneTones, visit www.thelonetones.com.

Alive After Five is a unique live music series presented on thirty-five Fridays per year in four seasonal series. The programs take place in the smoke-free, casually elegant setting of the Great Hall in the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is a live band on stage, seating at tables, two cash bars, food from area restaurants, free freshly popped popcorn, free parking, and a licensed therapeutic masseuse available. Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries for no additional charge.

Admission to the June 13 performance of Alive After Five is $9 for non-members and $5 for museum members and students with ID. After 8 pm, admission will be reduced to $5 for non-members and $3 for museum members and students with ID. Age 17 and under are admitted free. The summer series of Alive After Five is sponsored by Amica Insurance, Cherokee Distributing Company, East Tennessee Public Television, Knoxville News Sentinel, and WDVX-FM. For more information about the Alive After Five series, call (865) 525-6101 or visit www.knoxart.org.

The 2008 Summer Series Schedule for “Alive After Five”:

June 13 – Hokum’s Heroes with The LoneTones

June 20 – Brad Walker Orchestra with Melanie Hayes & The Meltones

June 27 – Christabel & The Jons with Jackson Mohr

July 11 – Willie King & The Liberators with the Gee’s Bend Singers

July 18 – The Streamliners with the Johnson Swingtet

July 25 – Avenue C and Soulfinger

August 1 – Lonesome Coyotes with Brendon James Wright & The Wrongs

August 8 – R. B. Morris Band with Y’uns

August 15 – The Accidentals with Groove Therapy

August 29 – “Summertime Blues Fest” featuring Li’l Dave Thompson with

Lost & Found and the Terraplane Drifters

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