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Bijou’s Jubilee! Fundraiser

Join us for a night of vaudeville fun under the stars

By Kelley Walters

At the Bijou Theatre’s annual fundraiser, Jubilee!, you never know what the magician will have up his sleeve.

The event promises vaudeville charm mixed with southern style and will be held at Krutch Park in downtown Knoxville on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 7 pm. The event, sponsored by Pilot Flying J, offers ticketholders a one-of-a-kind mobile pep-rally by the Big Orange Banditos and a menu by Holly’s Eventful Dining, including a deliciously seasonal green tomato tart. Come and enjoy the free beverage offerings, paired specifically to the menu, served in the Bearden Beer Market Beer Garden and at the Ashe’s Wine and Spirits Wine Bar.

Later in the evening truly one-of-a-kind pieces will be up for grabs in an exciting live auction. Some of the offerings include signed memorabilia from Loretta Lynn and Widespread Panic as well as signed musical instruments Huey Lewis, Gillian Welch, My Morning Jacket, and other popular artists.

“We had so much positive response from last year’s Jubilee!, we knew we had a winning formula,” said Michele Purcell, president, Bijou Theatre board of directors. “This year we are kicking it up a notch with the food, the beer and wine pairings, and the amazing auction items. What I love is that it all relates back to great eras in the history of the Bijou.”

At 7 pm the park, located on Gay Street in the heart of downtown, will be transformed into an open-air vaudeville theater under a big-top tent. It will come alive with the music of the Big Orange Banditos, who will grab the crowd’s attention throughout the evening, directing them to 12 distinctive silent auction packages for everyone from spa lovers to wine enthusiasts to concertgoers. Ticketholders are also sure to be delighted by the buskers, wandering tarot-card reader, and a magician.

Laura Sohn, owner of Mockingbird Events, said, “You know you’re in for a good time as an event producer when the party is so much fun to plan. With beer and food pairings, belly dancers, and the crazy brass band stylings of the Big Orange Banditos, I can’t wait for the party under the big top. The Jubilee! is quickly becoming the party of the year!”

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