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Bijou’s Jubilee!

Fundraiser Features ‘Big Top’ Extravaganza and World-Famous Dirty Dozen Brass Band Concert on Friday, May 20

The historic Bijou Theater promises high-flying fun during its annual Jubilee! fundraising event to be held in downtown Knoxville on Friday, May 20. The main event, presented by Pilot Corporation, will feature an electrifying concert by New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre that is sure to have everyone on their feet. Ticket-holders also will be treated to a one-of-a-kind pre-concert party in Krutch Park hosted by event emcee Tearsa Smith.

“We want the Jubilee! to be more than just a great concert at the Bijou, so we planned  an entire evening of events that celebrates the history of the  theatre and—more importantly—supports its future,” said Michele Purcell, V.P. Bijou Theatre Board of Directors. “Not only will the Jubilee! be the year’s best party, the proceeds will help the theatre remain a vital part of our community for decades to come.”

At 6 pm, the Krutch Park Extension will be transformed into a ‘Bijou Big Top’ that will come alive with street performers, entertainment from Boozehound Gandy Dance, a beer garden, specialty food and drink, and a live auction of musical instruments signed by legendary performers.

At 9 pm, the fun continues with the evening’s feature act, a concert on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band—a group whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. The band, who has been credited with helping revitalize the legendary brass band sound in New Orleans and around the world, has been featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John and the Black Crowes.

Tickets are $100 each (reserved seating), which includes admission to the pre-party and the concert, and can be purchased at or through TicketWeb at (865) 656-4444.

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