Innovative synths and upbeat rhythms are the signature sounds that drive Hudson K, Knoxville’s premier electro-rock duo, featuring Christina Horn (vocals/synths) and Nate Barrett (drums). For the past decade, Hudson K has explored the intersection of electronica and classical music, composing sonic tapestries that have entertained dedicated audiences from Georgia to Connecticut and everywhere in between. Voted “Best Electronic Band” by Blank News, Hudson K regularly appears as a top performing band in the region, and their popularity has led them to a main stage performance at Rhythm and Blooms, a performance on the “Who” stage at Bonnaroo, as well as performances at the Slingshot Music Festival in Athens, GA and the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, among many others. Hudson K recently finished recording their fourth studio album at Top Hat Studios in March, and will launch their 2017 tour of the Eastern US in July.
Equal parts bold, beautiful, brassy and business-minded, female illusionist, international recording artist and spokesmodel Bebe Zahara Benet breaks the drag mold.
Born and raised in the West African country of Cameroon, Bebe moved to Minneapolis nearly 20 years ago to complete her college studies and be closer to family.
Bebe’s first introduction to the drag art form was at a Paris fashion show where she was asked to put on a costume to walk the runway as a female at the last second when another model failed to show up. Bebe got her start as a full-on drag entertainer not long after moving to Minneapolis, inspired by the budding drag scene there.
Bebe’s first major performance was alongside pop diva Cyndi Lauper in a performance of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” during LGBT Pride. Soon, Bebe was wowing audiences with her international flavor and regal stage presence. After the third attempt to recruit her, Bebe was convinced to join the inaugural season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Bebe was the last woman standing, and got right to work churning out hit music and unforgettable live shows.
Bebe’s most recent smash is the braggadocios dance anthem and ode to beauty, “Face,” produced by rising Canadian singer-songwriter Dakarai. But it’s not Bebe’s first foray into the music world; rather, it follows a string of commercial and critical hits for Bebe. Her debut single “I’m the Shit” went viral and is considered a fan favorite throughout the country. “Dirty Drums” was a big seller on iTunes and “Give That Body to the Music,” a free download exclusive, became popular among many DJs around the country. BeBe has collaborated on original music with reputable producers in the dance music scene.
Namely, Bebe has maintained a long-term relationship with the acclaimed producer/DJ Mark Picchiotti, who’s worked with the Kylie Minogue, and remixed for Madonna and Rihanna. BeBe has also worked with Ralphi Rosario, Felix Baumgartner and DJ Naughty Boyy. Moreover, Bebe partnered with renowned producer Beto Sutter for her sellout show Vanity, who also produced Vanity’s hit predecessor and off Broadway spectacle Creature.
Along with her work as a musician, Bebe is a seasoned producer of live events, an experienced nightlife host and a powerful public speaker, embarking on college tours and attending special events across the nation.
Inspired by the sophistication and class of Diana Ross, the edge and boldness of Grace Jones, the sass and fierceness of Beyoncé and her own trademark “savage beauty,” Bebe is poised to once again take over the world.
In 2016, Bebe launched Revel Entertainment, a boutique event planning agency known for the scale and grandiosity of its parties. She also introduced the world to her world music band ATOMA via shows around Minneapolis.
2017 and 2018 are shaping up to be Bebe’s biggest year syet. She has returned to music with her singles “Get Fierce (Lose Yourself )” and “Fun To- nite,” serves as Director for Revel Entertainment, continues performing as the lead singer of ATOMA and is gearing up to embark on a touring live dance party. Not even the sky is the limit for Bebe as she continues to take the drag artform and her own artistry to new heights.
Girl Crush is a country band featuring Laurel Wright as the lead vocalist. The band covers modern and classic country hits.
Pulp Friction is a high-energy cover band based out of Knoxville, TN. Offering a little something for everybody, their mix of driving rock, R&B, classic country, and modern pop hits make them one of the most versatile and fun bands in the area. Fronted by a supremely-gifted performer and vocalist Kady Robbins (a.k.a drag artist Geneva Convention) and backed by a full band of world-class, veteran musicians, they are bringing something totally new to East Tennessee. Get ready to dance to all your favorite songs with Pulp Friction!
Jeanine Fuller & The Boyz
Brooklyn, New Yorker, turned Tennessean, Jeanine Fuller, is a seasoned, dynamic, versatile vocalist, songwriter and performer of Soul, Blues, Funk, Jazz & Rock.
Jeanine has previous experience performing all over stages across Europe and parts of the U.S. She has worked with several renowned music artists, including one of her jazz idols, the 5 time Grammy award winning jazz artist, Dianne Reeves.
In current years, East TN has given Jeanine a resurgence as a vocalist and entertainer (Daily Times article-March 2, 2016). In 2017, Jeanine was nominated as one of the Best of the Best of Knoxville’s female singers. She can often be found performing all over Knoxville and surrounding areas of East TN with numerous music projects and groups, including at The Rossini Festival, Kuumba Festival, Women in Jazz Jam Festival, Blues Tribute events & a notable frequent performer at Knoxville Museum of Art.
Her band, Jeanine Fuller and The Boyz, was formed in 2016 but is quickly rising to become quite a notable local band. The Boyz are Sam Adams on keys and guitar; Daniel Ryan on drums and David Becheron bass.
Jeanine Fuller and The Boyz are sure to bring some positive,funky and fun energy to the performance stage!
Founded in 2012 by two men who loved choral music and saw a need within the Knoxville LGBT community, the infant Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus first publicly performed with 15 members. Over the 6 years of its existence, KGMC has grown from the original 15 members to 70 active members.
Under the direction of Dr. Alan Stevens, the chorus presents two major concerts each year and performs at various cultural events and fundraisers through out Knoxville. Our outreach will continue upcoming Tennessee tour in June, stopping in Chattanooga, Nashville, and the Tri-Cities in June.
As KGMC continues its amazing growth, we remain firm in our mission of musical excellence and education, as well as our vision for a strong a vocal community that joins in our musical message of hope, love, and inclusion.
Didn’t you know Knoxville had an opera company?
We’ve provided cultural enrichment to East Tennessee since 1978 and every year keeps getting better! This season we are bringing you Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Bizet’s Carmen, and Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
For an unforgettable experience, there’s nothing like opera. It’s the ultimate culmination of the best of all of the arts. Experience the drama and comedy of theatre, the beauty of visual art, the impressive sound of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the absolute magnificence of the human voice! Opera is for everyone – it reflects timeless and universal human conflicts, humor and passions. There’s just nothing like it!
Destroy Your Assumptions – Most people have preconceived notions about what an operatic experience entails. Does any of this sound familiar?
“Opera is only for rich people.”
– Tickets to Knoxville Opera performances start at just $13. Yes, premiere seats at the front of the house may cost you a week’s worth of groceries. But if you’re willing to sacrifice your fantastic view of the performers’ feet, cost-effective seats (especially for students) are available.
“Opera puts you to sleep.”
– Are you bored by murder, betrayal, lust, extravagance, the supernatural or madness? It’s really exciting and a matter of choosing the right operas that won’t have you nodding off and drooling all of those velvet seats. Besides, the Tennessee Theatre has a full bar!
“Opera is a dead art form, so why go?”
– The fastest-growing opera audience in the U.S. now is people in their 20s and 30s and today’s composers are experimenting with opera to find new ways of keeping the art form alive.
J. Luke was born and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. From birth he was interested in music, in fact, his first record player was a trade to Santa for all his pacifiers. Once he got his first record player at age 2, his love of music intensified. I guess it helped that I sang to him constantly, and that when he got up every morning we danced while I sang Be- Bop- A-Lula, You're my Baby. Thus, I started calling him Be-Bop. I am quite sure he didn't like this much when I called him that as a teenager. Now it is a sweet memory that we both laugh at. However, as an elementary student, he began to play sports. He played baseball, football, soccer and basketball. Music was something for listening to and singing along with. He never thought he could sing, although myself and many of his friends had heard him and knew he had a nice voice. He played trombone in the junior high school band, but gave it up to play high school basketball. I owned an old Martin guitar which I had played in high school and college. Luke picked around on this guitar, but never got totally interested in playing. He learned a few basic chords from me, but it wasn't until 2002 that he actually stole my guitar and began to take lessons from a girl he thought was cute, thinking this would be a good way to meet her. He ended up liking the guitar more than the girl. Time passed and Luke began attending performances by Paul "Tall Paul" Bobal. Many shows later Paul offered Luke a lesson, and this developed into a friendship as well as mentorship. Luke had never sung in public before, but suddenly realized he could. He began to learn songs, and began his career by opening for Tall Paul a few times. He eventually gave me back my guitar and invested in his own equipment. You can find Luke playing most all the time. When he is not performing, he is practicing . I told him the guitar had grown to his hip. Many of his high school classmates find it amazing that this high school jock is singing for a living. They are all amazed at his vocal and guitar ability. Sometimes Luke invites me to sing with him which is fun for me and the audience. His father and I are very proud of Luke. Keep singing Be-bop!
TURNAROUND NORMAN is comprised of three local Knoxville musicians, with influences ranging from Contemporary to Early American Blues and Jazz, Classical Baroque, and World Music.
Brent Hyder has been playing music since the fifth grade, and performing for over six years.
He's had the opportunity to perform in South America as well as several locations in the Eastern US.
His performance is done in a unique acoustic style and ranges from smooth classics to upbeat hits from today. Currently the majority of his music is focused on the alternative rock and roll from the 90's and early 2000's. With a musical range that spans decades and a variety of genres all adapted acoustically, there's a little something for everyone.