Luke Bryan, James Taylor, Alan Jackson


This summer is going to be hot, and we’re not talking about the temperature. Music superstars, legends, comedians and more will be performing in Knoxville in the coming months.

From Luke Bryan to “Weird Al” Yankovic, James Taylor and PJ Morton, check out the biggest concerts and shows in town this summer.

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FULL CONCERT CALENDAR:The Knoxville gigs we’re looking forward to in 2022

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June 3 — Tennessee Theater

Bringing Baltimore and the 60s to Knoxville, the popular Broadway musical will run for three days downtown. There will be five performances, including two matinee shows.

Tickets: $69 – $84

Times: 8 p.m., 2 p.m.

Metalachi

June 7 The competition

Metalachi are the “world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band”. The Los Angeles band is made up of classically trained musicians who also love getting into metal and have taken their unique sound across the country.

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Show time: 9 p.m.

Shen Yun Performing Arts shows celebrate 5,000 years of Chinese culture and history.

Shen Yun

June 7 – Tennessee Theater

Celebrate China’s rich heritage and culture through artistic expression. This year’s theme: China before communism. Through 20 performances, Shen Yun brings to life 5,000 years of battles, dynasties, oppression and spirituality.

Tickets: $83 to $153

Show time: 7:30 p.m.

Black Opry Review

June 8 – Tennessee Theater

Black country music artists and black country fans have long been overlooked. Discover and enjoy the diversity of country, blues, folk and American music at the Black Opry Revue.

Tickets: $30 to $55

Show time: 7:30 p.m.

Comedian Jo Koy will perform April 30 at the Weidner Center.

Jo Koy

June 9 — Knoxville Civic Auditorium

“It’s funny, it’s funny,” says comedian Jo Koy. After having to postpone a scheduled show due to a COVID surge, Koy’s world comedy tour comes to a halt in Knoxville. Writing material inspired by his Filipino-American family, Koy has performed around the world and received the “Stand-Up Comedian of the Year” award at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in 2018.

Tickets: Starting at $47.50

Show time: 8 p.m.

Night of the Three Dogs

June 16 — Tennessee Theater

The popular 70s rock band will be performing at the Tennessee Theater. Three Dog Night had 21 Billboard Top 40 hits between 1969 and 1975, including “Mama Told Me Not to Come” and “Black and White.”

Tickets: $44.50 to $94.50

Show time: 7:30 p.m.

City Mountain

June 17 — Bijou Theater

Influenced by Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones, Town Mountain combines classic honky-tonk country and old school rock. The group is currently working on its seventh album.

Tickets: $20 to $25

Show time: 8 p.m.

On Friday, James Taylor & His All-Star Band performed at the KFC Yum Center.  August 13, 2021

James Taylor

June 22 – Thompson Boling Arena

Spend an evening with legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor. Known for hits like “How Sweet It Is” and “Fire and Rain”, Taylor is one of the best-selling musicians of all time.

Tickets: $59 to $119

Show time: 8 p.m.

alan jackson

June 25 — Thompson-Boling Arena

Country superstar Alan Jackson is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. He’s bringing his “Last Call: One More for the Road” tour to town. Songs likely to be featured include “Gone Country” and “I Don’t Even Know Your Name”.

Tickets: Starting at $40.50

Session: 7 p.m.

Kill in bikini

June 27 — Mill and mine

Bikini Kill, pioneer of the Riot Grrrl movement, will take to the Mill & Mine stage in June. Formed and disbanded in the 90s, this female-led punk rock band reunited in 2019. Alternative rock band Hurry Up will be the opening act.

Tickets: $32

Show time: 8 p.m.

Blue Mother Tupelo performed in the Market Square on February 14, 2008 in front of lunch diners and other fans in the Market Square.  The concert was to support Saving Little Hearts, a group dedicated to raising awareness about birth defects in children.  Founder Brad Coulter has a 5-year-old son born with a heart defect.  From left to right, the group consists of Ricky Davis from South Knoxville, Eric Keeble from Walland and Davis' wife, Micol Davis.

Mother Blue Tupelo

July 1 — Jig & Reel

Ricky and Micol Davis go home. Blue Mother Tupelo, the Blue Southern soul and roots rock duo, began performing in 1995 and will return to one of their first live venues.

Show time: 9 p.m.

Jimmie Vaughan

July 14 — Bijou Theater

Country, blues, jazz… it’s the same for Jimmie Vaughan. “It’s American music,” said the four-time Grammy-winning country artist. “I want to collect it; it’s from the same place.” The singer and guitarist is known for his style and his songs “Six Strings Down”, “Family Style” and “Just A Little Bit”.

Tickets: $40-55

Show time: 8 p.m.

STRFKR

July 23 — Mill and mine

The indie rock band from Portland, Oregon will make a stopover in Knoxville. Psychedelic indie rock band The Undercover Dream Lovers and psychedelic artist Das Kope are also set to appear.

Tickets: $22 to $25

Show time: 8 p.m.

Robert Earl Keen

July 27 – Tennessee Theater

Robert Earl Keen is a lover of music and performing and has no plans to slow down any time soon. Known for his roots music, his albums and live performances also incorporate other genres and styles like country, folk, bluegrass and rock.

Tickets: $45 to $75

Show time: 7:30 p.m.

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August 12 — Barley’s Taproom

Combine the speed of bluegrass with the energy of punk rock, and you have Appalachian punk: the niche genre of Cutthroat Shamrock. Irish punk band Katie’s Randy Cat will also perform.

Show time: 10 p.m.

“Al Weird” Yankovic

August 17 – Tennessee Theater

The famous musical satirist gets personal. The five-time Grammy winner will perform an intimate set of original, non-parody songs. Actor and comedian Emo Philips will open the show as a special guest.

Tickets: $49.50 to $89.50

Show time: 7:30 p.m.

Amy Grant

August 18 – Tennessee Theater

Amy Grant is one of the first contemporary Christian artists to become a mainstream sensation, reaching No. 1 on the pop charts and going platinum. She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide during her 30+ year career.

Tickets: $35 to $75

Show time: 7:30 p.m.

Luke Bryan performs at the 55th CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Luke Bryan

August 19 — Thompson-Boling Arena

The country superstar and “American Idol” judge is hitting the road. Her ‘Raised Up Right’ tour will include songs like ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ and ‘Country Girl (Shake It for Me)’. Riley Green, Mitchell Tenpenny and DJ Rock will also make appearances.

Tickets: From $25

Session: 7 p.m.

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August 27 – Tennessee Theater

Eagles founding member Glenn Frey once called Little River Band “the best singing group in the world.” The chart-topping rock band of the 70s and 80s will perform hits like “Help Is On Its Way” and “Reminiscing.”

Tickets: $45 to $80

Show time: 8 p.m.

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August 27 — Mill and mine

The 22-year-old indie rock guitarist and singer-songwriter has released her second album in 2021. Indie rock artists Hotline TNT and Momma will also perform.

Tickets: $25 in advance, $28 at the door

Show time: 8 p.m.

Grammy-winning musician PJ Morton performs at the first free GET LOUD concert at Handy Park on Beale Street in downtown Memphis on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

PJ Morton

August 30 — Bijou Theater

Known for songs like “How Deep Is Your Love” and “Say So”, the R&B singer, songwriter, producer and keyboardist of Maroon 5 has won four Grammys and countless other awards.

Tickets: $31.50 to $51.40

Show time: 8 p.m.

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