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Sundown cool break for summer nights
Investors, restaurants and music lovers benefit from 7-year-old event
Kurt Barker, 23, hasn't missed a Sundown in the City concert yet this season, and he doesn't plan on it anytime soon.
As soon as he gets off work on Thursday afternoons, he quickly leaves the Knoxville Convention Center, where he works as an intern, to meet friends for a couple of beers and head down to Market Square for the free concert.
This year Sundown in the City has booked 12 musicians or bands, so far bringing in more than 7,000 people for each concert since it started April 21. Financial investors are breaking even and local restaurants are benefiting from the large crowds in
"This is definitely the summer event I look forward to," Barker, a
The lineup this year has featured groups such as Blue Merle, Drive-By Truckers, My Morning Jacket and The Neville Brothers. Despite the May 5 cancellation of Matt Hall and the Banana Hammocks because of rain, the shows have consistently brought in larger crowds than past years, Capps said.
This week people came down to
"He's not a household name yet, but when people see him they want to come out for more," Capps said.
Sundown has been around since 1997, but in the last two years musicians such as Victor Wooten and Jodie Manross have increased the popularity of the event.
Barker, a UT student, says Sundown brings in people from all over the Southeast.
"The music is the biggest reason we come down, but I like supporting
Two more Sundown dates are set: Sleater-Kinney with the Tim Lee Band will play June 30. The last event July 7, will feature Cross Canadian Ragweed with Garage Delux.
Tomato Head offers deep-dish slices of pizza and burritos, Tommy Bateman, a floor manager, said.
"We have completely sold out at some of the bigger Sundowns," Bateman said. "It's absolutely a bigger day than any other."
Even Nama Sushi Bar, located off
"It's like free advertising for us," White said. "It is instrumental in showing people what downtown has to offer."
The city of
Underwriters include Regal Entertainment Group, Eagle Distributing and the Pilot Oil Corporation.