7 Days of Live Music in Knoxville

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Emilie Stooksbury

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7 Days of Live Music in Knoxville

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 FREE live music in Knoxville, Tennessee  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.



⭐️ Scruffy City Hall in Market Square honestly hosts live music most days of the week, but pop by on Mondays for their Open Mic Night! Just a few minutes north, Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus hosts a weekly Open Mic Night of their own.

⭐️ Around the corner from Market Square, Knox Brew Hub hosts a live podcast recording most Mondays featuring chats about beer aaand live performances from up-and-coming musicians.

⭐️ 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😜)

⭐️ One Monday a month, Orange Hat Brewing in Hardin Valley hosts Mountain Music Mondays from 6-8pm for all you bluegrass aficionados.

⭐️ Finally, on the second Monday of every month, check out Writers Round Knoxville at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzaria in the Old City.

⭐️ The WDVX Blue Plate Special happens almost every single day. It’s is a live performance radio show held at noon inside Visit Knoxville in Downtown Knoxville & hosts a wide array of musicians from around the region!


⭐️ 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 on Tuesdays to catch the 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!

⭐️ Depending on the season, you can usually catch free jazz on Tuesdays as well! In the colder months, catch it inside The Emporium on Gay St. In warmer months, various jazz bands & trios take the Market Square outdoor stage and the vibe is IMMACULATE.

⭐️ The WDVX Blue Plate Special happens almost every single day. It’s is a live performance radio show held at noon inside Visit Knoxville in Downtown Knoxville & hosts a wide array of musicians from around the region!

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⭐️ Come back to Jig & Reel on Wednesdays for their Singer Songwriter/Open Mic Night!

⭐️ Out west in Farragut, Water into Wine usually hosts live music on Wednesdays as well.

⭐️ You probably sense a trend here, but the WDVX Blue Plate Special is still on at noon 😉


⭐️ In the summer, head back to Market Square every third Thursday of the month for variety concerts! Grab a pal & a lawn chair & make a day of it in Downtown Knoxville.

⭐️ 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!

⭐️ Check out “The Speak-Easy at the Barrel Room” inside Yee-Haw Brewing on Thursdays for live jazz and just an all around cool experience.

⭐️ Earlier in the day – you guessed it – The WDVX Blue Plate Special is live inside Visit Knoxville at noon!


⭐️ Fridays are STUFFED FULL of live music! You can usually find it at places like Albright Grove Brewing Co. (their patio is divine), Scruffy City Hall & Preservation Pub, Pour Taproom, Backdoor Tavern, Barley’s Taproom & Pizzaria, Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus, Ale Rae’s Gastropub, and honestly like a zillion other places 😂🙌 Take a stroll through town & find your favorite!

⭐️ Enjoy jazz every Friday at Bistro by the Bijou!

⭐️ Remember that The WDVX Blue Plate Special? It still happens at noon, but on Fridays they take a field trip over to Barley’s Taproom so you can enjoy lunch as you listen!


⭐️ Saturdays are a rinse & repeat of Friday! If you have a favorite spot in town, it’s worth checking to see if they’re hosting live music today.

⭐️ You’ll alsooo want to check out our dedicated Live Music page to see what concerts or music festivals are happening around Knoxville on any given weekend as well!

⭐️ Beyond thaaaat, The WDVX Blue Plate Special is back inside Visit Knoxville at noon.

⭐️ In the evening, pop over to Water into Wine in Farragut or Bistro by the Bijou in Downtown Knoxville for live jazz every Saturday. (Look at Knoxville just bein’ so CLASSY with all these jazz options 😉)


⭐️ On Sundays from 3-6pm, head over to the Old City to catch some live music at the Wagon Wheel. (She’s a rowdy country-western club at night but a pretty sweet spot to catch tunes at 3pm on a Sunday! 😂)

⭐️ And with shockingly even more jazz, Crafty Bastard takes the torch & hosts it on Sundays!


BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! Here are some spots in Knoxville with live music nearly every single scruffy day:

⭐️ Preservation Pub (Every. Single. Day.)
⭐️ Scruffy City Hall (if they don’t have live music, they have some other fun entertainment on the calendar)
⭐️ Jig & Reel
⭐️ Barleys Taproom & Pizzaria
⭐️ Backdoor Tavern
⭐️ The Pilot Light

We hope you have fun enjoying the music scene in Knoxville, Tennessee! Find even more options right here.

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