What is it? A free, daily live radio show broadcast from the studio inside remodeled Knoxville Visitor Center.
Why go? This live show brings in performers of bluegrass, folk, funk, and you name what else; they play in an intimate space. The lunchtime concerts have been rocking since the 1990s, but actually harken back to the 1930s, when Knoxville radio station WNOX hosted a lunchtime musical variety show, so this is a local tradition in all the best ways.
As compared with Tennessee's other cities, Knoxville isn't exactly on the national radar. Memphis and Nashville have music and food; Chattanooga has outdoor excellence and, well, Knoxville is known for football (it is the home of the University of Tennessee). But that sells this vibrant, innovative city short. Sitting atop a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, Knoxville, the site of the 1982 World's Fair, is a charming town with great outdoor recreation (the Great Smoky Mountains are just to the east), fun bars and restaurants, a robust creative community, and a live music scene that is more diverse than you'd expect.
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