Knoxville Stomp: Festival of Lost Music

601 S Gay Street
Knoxville, TN
601 S Gay Street
Knoxville, TN

8652158713

  • Date(s): May 5, 2016 to May 5, 2016
  • Location: East Tennessee History Center and Museum

LOST ERA OF MUSIC COMES TO LIFE AT 'KNOXVILLE STOMP' FESTIVAL In the summer of 1929 and spring of 1930, a novelty came to Knoxville, Tennessee - a fully-equipped, modern recording studio, installed by the Brunswick record label at the St. James Hotel on Wall Avenue in the heart of downtown. The Chicago-based label put out a call for local and regional musicians to come in and cut records for national distribution. The Knoxville Stomp festival will run May 5-8, 2016, and will include multiple concerts, historical walking tours, lectures, panel discussions and a 78rpm record show. The festival is being presented by the Knox County Public Library's Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, WDVX Radio, the East Tennessee Historical Society and Visit Knoxville. Highlights of the Knoxville Stomp festival will include: • A concert by Dom Flemons, a musician, scholar and cofounder of the popular Carolina Chocolate Drops, named in tribute to the Tennessee Chocolate Drops • A free concert on Market Square featuring current Knoxville musicians playing songs from the St. James Sessions • A public talk and film screening with renowned record collector Joe Bussard, who maintains one of the world's largest collections of American music from the 1920s and 1930s • A reading by author Amanda Petrusich from her book Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records (recently featured on Fresh Air) • 78 record show, for collectors of vintage shellac sides • With many more events to be announced The Knoxville Stomp is part of Knoxville's 225th Anniversary celebration, which will highlight the city's history throughout 2016. For more information about the festival, see knoxstomp.com


Knoxville Stomp: Festival of Lost Music