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7 Days of Live Music in Knoxville
Written by: Jess Curtis

Whether you’ve got a taste for bluegrass (welcome to Tennessee!), jazz (oh you fancy), or you prefer some acoustic strumming to accompany your beer sipping, here’s where to find live music in Knoxville, Tennessee (for free!) seven days a week.

While our neighbor to the west may be more well known for her music scene (have you heard of a little place called Nashville?), our favorite lil scruffy city (Knoxville, duh) certainly holds her own when it comes to live music opportunities. After all, Dolly herself would make the trek over from Sevierville to Knoxville to perform at just ten years old.


  • Crafty Bastard Brewery in North Knoxville currently hosts “Patio Jams” on Monday nights. There’s not much we love more than local musicians accompanied by local beer and the vibes at Crafty’s just scream summertime in the south.
  • If you’d prefer to class up your evening, Babalu hosts live jazz with Frog and Toad’s Dixie Quartet. (If you’re not looking to be too classy, don’t worry. Mondays are also Margarita Night at Babalu😜)
  • Finally, down the street, Knox Brew Hub hosts Emo Happy Hour on Mondays at 7:30pm. Local favorite Grady Milligan plays a great selection of emo songs in sing-along style. Because trust us, you can’t help but sing along. Bonus Perk: $1 off all dark beers!


Tuesdays are more known for trivia here in Knoxville (seriously, there are endless options for Trivia Tuesday), but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch some live music! Head to Jig & Reel for an Old Time Jam With Sarah Pirkle. Feel free to just listen and enjoy over some scotch – or take an instrument off the wall and join the party!


Every other Wednesday is Songwriter Night at Albright Grove Brewing Co. in the Marble City neighborhood! Sipping on brews named after Smokey Mountain Trails while enjoying music on their pretty patio makes for a perfect East Tennessee summer evening.


Geezers Brewery often has live music inside their groovy space on Thursday nights! However, it doesn’t happen every single week so make sure to check their Instagram to be sure. Around the corner and down the street, the always-a-good-choice Central Filling Station is home to both delicious food trucks and live music. Finally, Backdoor Tavern is a Knoxville classic nestled in Bearden. They have live music periodically through the week, but Thursdays specifically are Open Mic Jam Nights on their outdoor stage!


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