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"Alive After Five" 2011 Winter Series Premiers at Art Museum

The Knoxville Museum of Art's winter series of Alive After Five will premier on Friday, January 7th with the Rhythm & Blues and big band swing of The Atomic Horns. Performances will be from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.

"Streetcorner Symphony" by The Atomic Horns from Barry Wallace on Vimeo.

Based in Oak Ridge, The Atomic Horns is comprised of ten members who come from a diverse background of swing, big band jazz, rock, and musical theatre. With polished vocal harmonies, a dynamic horn section and a solid rhythm section, they deliver a sonic extravaganza of rhythm & blues, rock & soul, and big band dance music with a "mushroom cloud-sized" dose of swing – covering 50 years of popular music, from current hits to Cab Calloway, big band to Michael Buble. Food will be available from F.A.T.S. BBQ.

Other highlights of the winter series include the return of bluesman Wallace Coleman, a native of Morristown, TN, now residing in Cleveland, Ohio, and boogie-woogie pianist Philippe LeJeune from Toulouse, France. Melele Roots, a reggae and ska band from Chattanooga will make their second appearance at Alive After Five.

Four groups will be making their Alive After Five debuts in this series. Relentless Blues, who won the "Blues Challenge" in Knoxville last October, will perform on January 28, the week before they go to Memphis to represent our area at the "International Blues Challenge". Austin Crum, the 11-year old blues guitar sensation from Newport, TN, will perform during the intermission of this show. Also from Knoxville, The Jaystorm Project has been touring regularly throughout East Tennessee and several surrounding states. Vivacious vocalist Jenna Jefferson from Harrogate, TN, will perform with her R & B group, The Accidentals, and then again with a new project, Jenna & Her Cool Friends to perform classic blues songs from the past nine decades, including the present. The winter series concludes on March 18 with Paula Michelle who has toured internationally and was once a "Raelette" backup vocalist with Ray Charles.

Alive After Five is a unique live music series presented on thirty or more 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.

Admission to the winter premier of Alive After Five is $9 for general admission and $5 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free. Alive After Five is sponsored by Cherokee Distributing Company, East Tennessee PBS, Metro Pulse, and WDVX-89.9FM. For more information about the Alive After Five series, please contact Michael Gill at (865) 934-2039.

The 2011 Winter Series Schedule for "Alive After Five":
January 7– The Atomic Horns Rhythm & Blues and Swing
January 14 – The Accidentals Rhythm & Blues and Rock
January 21 – Wallace Coleman Classic Chicago-style Blue
January 28 – Relentless Blues Knoxville Blues Challenge Winners
February 11 – The Jaystorm Project Rhythm & Blues and Sou
February 18 – Milele Roots Reggae and Ska
February 25 – Jenna & Her Cool Friends Blues from the past nine decades
March 11 – Philippe LeJeune Piano Blues, Jazz and Boogie-woogie
March 18 – Paula Michelle Rhythm & Blues and Soul

Published November 28, 2010

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