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The 90th Anniversary Gala

featuring Alison Krauss

Since 1985, Krauss has released 14 albums including five solo, seven with her longtime band and musical collaborators Union Station, and the Robert Plant collaboration Raising Sand, which was certified platinum and won five Grammys, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. She’s sold more than 12 million records to date, and her honors include 27 Grammys, nine Country Music Association awards, 14 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and two Gospel Music Association awards. Funds raised at this event will help us to preserve this community treasure and open its doors for free community programming so that everyone can experience its magic.

VIP tickets include:

  • Premium seating
  • Pre-show reception with hors d'oevres and beverages
  • Silent auction featuring autographed instruments, memorabilia, incredible experiences and more

The Auction

Autographed Sturgill Simpson guitar
Autographed Hatch Show Print for 3 Girls and Their Buddy, featuring Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, and Buddy Miller
Stars on Stage Metal Prints by Eric L. Smith
Bruce McCamish Canvas Print of Tennessee Theatre Relighting Ceremony
Mixed Media Painting by Robin Surber, the Tennessee Theatre's Resident Artist
Donna Telerico Print of the Tennessee Theatre Marquee
Tickets to the CMA Awards in Nashville
Behind the Scenes Tour of the Big Apple by VIP Tours of NYC
Tickets to HAMILTON and a backstage tour of RIchard Rogers Theatre in New York City

The Evening's Schedule

6:00 PM - Reception & Silent Auction
7:00 PM – Auction Closes
7:00 PM – Reception Ends and Balcony Level Seating Begins
7:30 PM – Concert Begins


The 90 Year Gala will raise funds to help us preserve this historic theatre for all to enjoy for another 90 years. In 2017, we invested nearly $300,000 on capital improvements such as replacing the stage flooring and upgrading LED lighting, theatrical and technical equiptment upgrades, and building maintence. Since the restoration and reopening in 2005, we are dedicated to maintaining the investment made by the community and your donations will help us in doing so. In addition to preserving the building, your support will help us open the theatre to the community for free programs such as Mighty Musical Monday, Costumes and Classic Cartoons, East Tennessee History Day, open houses, tours, and more. It is our desire that everyone has the opportunty to experience the magic of the Tennessee! Money raised from this event will help fund these free programs.

Yes, a portion of the ticket price is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. We will provide a letter including this amount after the event.

Premium seats are located in the pit, first several rows of the orchestra level, and the first 2 rows of the balcony.

Your VIP ticket will provide entry into the theatre before the doors to the public open. The check-in table will be in the lobby where you can register for the silent auction. Our ushers will greet you and make sure you are directed to check-in.

The pre-show reception will be held in the balcony foyer.

While we may not be able to accommodate all dietary restrictions with the limited menu of hors d'ovres, please alert us when you purchase your tickets and we will do our best to accommodate.

We want you to dress for the experience you'd like to have. Cocktail or dressy casual are both acceptable.

While the Tennessee Theatre does not own or operate any parking lots or garages, there are several options for parking downtown. The State Street garage, Locust Street garage, and Market Square garage are available for free parking on weekends.

There are many events and activities happening in and around downtown. Please allow ample time to find parking and arrive at the theater. We cannot guarantee parking will be available near the theater.

For more information on parking options, including a map, visit www.parkdowntownknoxville.com.

Cash and credit cards will be accepted for silent auction items.

Absolutely! We are appreciative of your support. You can mail a check with "Gala" in the memo line to the theatre at the address below or you can make a gift online

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S Gay Street, Knoxville TN 37902

We have sponsorships available to support our 90 Days for 90 Years celebration which includes this 90 Year Gala along with many other special events. Please contact Lila Honaker ([email protected]) who will be happy to provide you with details on sponsorship opportunities.