Ride The Trolley to Rhythm N’ Blooms

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

We are partnering with The Knoxville Area Transit Services to bring the free Green Line Trolley to Rhythm N’ Blooms!

The Green line has been modified to run by all downtown garages and has 2 stops on both side of the intersection at Jackson Avenue and Central Ave. The KAT Trolley runs every 10 minutes. We have two stops right on Central and Jackson and will take you throughout downtown knoxville to available parking lots and garages. The Trolley is the best way to navigate downtown Knoxville. be sure to download their app to find the nearest Trolley. See the map below to see where the green line will run and what garages are near the line.

Trolley Schedule

Friday – 8am – 11:15pm
Saturday – 8am – 11:15pm
Sunday – 9am – 10:00pm

Download the KATbus tracker here:


Free Street Fair coming to Rhythm N’ Blooms

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

This year, Rhythm N’ Blooms will also include a Street Fair that will be free and open to the public. Jackson Avenue will be closed from S Central St. to Morgan St. and will feature live music on the Kid Curry Stage, two bars, an Art Market, and several vendors. The Kid Curry Stage, a new addition to the Festival this year, will include performances by Cereus Bright, Andy Wood, Teen Spirit, Frances Cone, Three Star Revival, and many more. Guests can enjoy beverages from Yee Haw Brewing Company and Sugarlands Distilling in the street closure as well. Festival tickets are required for all other venues.

Rayland Baxter added to 2019 Lineup

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

We are thrilled to announce the addition of RayLand Baxter to the 2019 lineup! Baxter will replace Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, who have unfortunately chosen to cancel their performance at the Festival. Rayland’s set will be Saturday night on the Cripple Creek Main Stage at 7PM. Rolling Stone describes his music as “a catchy collection of pop hooks that mix Beatles melodies with a bottom-end groove torn from the Stax Records playbook.” 


Thursday, April 5th, 2018


This bike share is taking Knoxville by storm. You are sure to spot a Pace bike almost anywhere downtown. download the app and have access to bikes all across the city.

Riding a Pace to Rhythm NBlooms? Use the promo code: RNBKNOX and score a $5 ride credit. We will have a Pace parking location right beside the main stage so you can ride right up to the festival and forgot the woes of parking.

Need A Lyft?

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018


Want to skip parking all together? Hop in a Lyft and let them bring you to the festival. The ride share company is offering Rhythm NBlooms attendees discounts to get to and from the festival quickly and safely.

Artist To Watch: Sweet Years

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

If you happen to come across Sweet Years at this year’s Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival, you may recognize the rhythm section, Travis Bigwood on bass and Zach Gilleran on drums, from two-time RnB veterans Guy Marshall. So you think you know what you’re about to see, and it’s probably some twangy cowboy country, right? WRONG! This is something completely different. In fact, Sweet Years is liable to stick out like a sore thumb at Rhythm N’ Blooms…. in the best possible way, of course.


For the uninitiated, Sweet Years, from right here in Knoxville, Tennessee, is a raucous indie-rock band that packs all kinds of punch and pace into every single second of their music. It’s fast like punk rock, has sweet melodies like you might find in pop, and the songs are phenomenal. The special sauce though, is the mind-blowing sounds of controlled chaos that Dakota Smith is able to get out of his guitar.

Consider the Rhythm N’ Blooms lineup as one of those comically large “balanced breakfasts” from 90s cereal commercials. (Stick with me here.) The headliners are the main course, and there are plenty of other great fruits and cereal and other good stuff in the middle of the lineup, and then Sweet Years is your double shot of espresso that you didn’t even know you needed. You’ll leave their set feeling like you just took all that sweet sweet caffeine straight to the dome, and you’ll be ready to run through a brick wall to get to the next show.

In their albums and other merchandise, Sweet Years uses a lot of sports themes and imagery. To follow that thread a bit, The Pilot Light is their veritable home court. So if you’re not a person who frequents The Pilot Light, there’s a good chance Rhythm N’ Blooms will be your first time seeing this Knoxville power trio. (Which reminds me: If one of Sweet Years’ sets is at The Pilot Light, that’s where you should try to see them.) As a person who covers and chronicles Knoxville’s music scene, I’m really excited by the prospect of a bunch of people seeing this band for the first time. If you need to find me during the RnB weekend, I’ll be easy to spot. I’ll be the guy walking up and down Jackson Avenue commanding strangers to come see Sweet Years with me.

– Kent Oglesby | Knoxville Music Warehouse

Artist To Watch: The Lonely Biscuits

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Presented By Meagan Scott, Knoxville Music Warehouse

The Lonely Biscuits pose before their performance at Saturn Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama on August 24th, 2017. (Photo by David A. Smith/DSmithScenes)


Nashville’s talent pool was once constricted to the genre of country music. In recent years, numerous break-out indie artists have busted through that genre stereotype and created a home for many amazing indie rock stars. So much so, that it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to cut through the noise and stand out from the rest. With a cool, garage-pop sound that radiates the same vibes as 90s rock, The Lonely Biscuits are the band that does just that.

Early after their formation in a Belmont University dorm room back in 2011, the band entered the College Battle of the Bands and won the Southeast regional title. A constant need for touring started soon after, and never really stopped. Despite having never released an album, only EPs up until this point, the band has developed quite the following. It’s difficult to not like them, the trio consists of college friends, Grady Wenrich, Sam Gidley, and Nick Byrd, and together they have an electric energy they harness into all of their performances. These performances have gained so much attention that they’ve deservedly played at almost all major festivals around the country and now Rhythm N’ Blooms.

With such a full touring schedule, it is hard to believe they’ve had time to create an album, but with much anticipation, they will release their debut album The Universe in You, on March 30th. Cage the Elephant’s Nick Bockrath, teamed up with the group to produce what is sure to be a phenomenal debut. The first released single from The Universe in You, “Blue Glass,” has already landed on Spotify’s playlist, Feel-Good Indie Rock, right where it belongs. The song, like most of their EPs, feels so reminiscent of 90s chill rock, that it does in fact “feel good.”

When they came to Pretentious Beer Co. last September, the concert ended up being, arguably, the rowdiest and energetic night the venue has experienced. They truly know how to engage and amplify a crowd, no matter how big or small; making their set one you really should not miss at Rhythm N’ Blooms.

– Meagan Scott

Knoxville Music Warehouse


The 2017 Recap Video is Here!

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Music History Walking Tours with Jack Neely are back!

Friday, March 24th, 2017

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If Knoxville is not world-famous for music, the city has witnessed and nurtured so much musical ferment that it’s been called the Cradle of Country Music. The buildings where Flatt & Scruggs first recorded, and where the Everly Brothers first broadcast, are still central to downtown Knoxville. The theater that hosted Roy Acuff’s first live show in 1932 is the same room where, 65 years later, Chet Atkins gave his final concert. And all that’s just a couple of blocks away from the hotel where Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff stayed after the last concert of his career–and where Hank Williams spent the final hours of his life.

Downtown Knoxville’s country and classical traditions interacted with jazz and blues, too, through unique performers, like the string-jazz anomalies the Tennessee Chocolate Drops, who made their first recordings in downtown Knoxville in a legendary Columbia-Vocalion project of 1929-30. Known as the Knoxville Sessions, those recordings are soon to be released as part of an international effort.

An easy two-hour walking tour will tell the full story of downtown Knoxville’s place in music history. Join Jack Neely on a stroll through the city and hear what gave Knoxville it’s name as the Cradle of Country Music.

Tours will start at Boyd’s Jig & Reel  at 2pm and 5pm on Sunday. Tours will last approximately 90 minutes and will finish back on the festival footprint beside Boyd’s. Space is limited so sign up early.



Artist To Watch | The Pinklets

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Presented By: Wayne Bledsoe, Go Knoxville

The first reaction people have when The Pinklets start playing is to smile.

How could you not?

The Abernathy sisters, Lucy, 14, Roxie, 16, and Eliza, 12, seem like a force of nature and no one is quite prepared for it. The Pinklets’ songs are smart, concise, catchy and honest. The sisters command the stage with a combination of confidence and goodwill and they’re devoid of any TV-talent-show schmaltz. These girls know how to rock and there’s nothing phony about it.

Great artists know how to communicate and it doesn’t matter if you’re planning for your junior prom in high school or asking for your senior discount at the Golden Corral, The Pinklets connect.

I first heard lead singer/guitarist Lucy sing an original song when she was 10 years old. Typically when a kid that age writes a song it’s about something they haven’t really experienced yet. Lucy, though, wrote about what she was going through at 10 with the skill of an experienced adult songwriter.

The Pinklets started at about that same time with all the seriousness that kids start anything with, but as the sisters got better at their instruments and Knoxville musical greats started shaking their heads over how good the girls were, it became pretty obvious that this was no kid’s goof.

Ashley Capps, co-founder of Bonnaroo, saw The Pinklets at Waynestock in 2016 and booked them for Bonnaroo that summer.  The crowd loved them, but the Abernathy sisters didn’t let it go to their heads. They just kept working.

Every time I see The Pinklets they get better. When I had them on my live radio show “The WDVX 6 O’Clock Swerve” in the fall of 2016 I was amazed at how intuitive Roxie’s keyboard work had become and the nuance and skill that Eliza had developed on the drums  in just a few short months. In addition, the sound had become much richer with Roxie and Eliza now adding vocals.

As good as The Pinklets are now, I can’t imagine what they might become. The band’s debut album will be released this spring. Better catch them in town while you can.

– Wayne Bledsoe 

Go Knoxville