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Southern Skies Music Festival confirms initial 2021 lineup

Inaugural event moved to May 15, 2021 amid COVID-19 concerns

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The New Respects; image submitted

KNOXVILLE - Ben Rector, The Dirty Guv’nahs, and The New Respects are officially confirmed for Southern Skies Music Festival 2021. The inaugural event, produced by Dogwood Arts and curated by The Dirty Guv’nahs, was rescheduled to May 15, 2021 due to the spread of COVID-19. It was originally scheduled for May 16, 2020. The event will feature musical acts across two stages, food trucks, craft beer, wine, specialty cocktails, a Maker Market, and more.

From the very beginning, this event has been a passion project for everyone involved. The team at Dogwood Arts, the Dirty Guv’nahs, and Born & Raised Productions look forward to celebrating with the entire Knoxville community in World’s Fair Park next spring. Festival organizers are actively working to confirm the rest of the lineup and will release details as they become available.

Festival passes are on sale now at Tier 2 prices are $45 while supplies last, or go VIP for $150 (with access to premium viewing area, hangout space with private bars and restrooms, festival merchandise, and more). All 2020 tickets will be honored for the new date and require no further action from the ticket holder. However, all tickets purchased through Eventbrite prior to April 17, 2020 are eligible for a refund through June 30, 2020. Detailed instructions about how to request a refund are available at

The Guv’s live experience has been hailed as one of the best in the southeast and according to Music Connection Magazine, “The Dirty Guv’nahs don’t just play music; they capture the human experience through song.” Likewise, Southern Skies will capture the spirit of Knoxville and honor the Dogwood Arts mission to promote emerging local and regional musical artists.

Southern Skies is produced by Dogwood Arts and is the newest addition to their music programming, which includes Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, Open Mic Nights in the Dogwood Gallery, and musical entertainment at the Dogwood Arts Festival. Dogwood Arts is working with Born & Raised Productions, the Knoxville-based music production company behind Sunset on Central, the Outpost, and Silent Disco Knox, to produce the festival.

For more information, visit, and follow on Facebook, Twitter @southernskiesfest_, and Instagram @southernskiesfest. Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty.

Published June 182020

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