BLANKFest in Downtown Knoxville expands to three days

Article Contributed by Blank Newspaper | Published on Thursday, August 18, 2016

BLANKfest, a wide-ranging festival celebrating Knoxville, TN’s rich entertainment culture, will take place one last time in Market Square from Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28.

Presented by BLANK Newspaper and, this year’s iteration will benefit Knoxville-based nonprofit agency Positively Living, an organization devoted to improving the quality of life of those struggling with HIV/AIDS, addiction, disabilities, and homelessness. 

In addition to an outdoor stage in the square, participating venues will include Scruffy City Hall, Preservation Pub and Cocoa Moon.

Extended to three days in 2016, this event marks the 9th year of publication for Blank Newspaper with a celebration of local music, food, arts and community.

Beginning at 5:00 P.M. on August 26th, an entertainment roster comprised of over 70 acts will perform across four stages.

Noted comic/emcee/Knoxville ambassador Zachary Fallon hosts a self-curated cavalcade of local comedians, improv artists and burlesque presenters at Cocoa Moon.

Explaining the inclusiveness of the festival, BLANK Publisher Rusty Odom says, “The goal behind BLANKfest is to celebrate each vein of the entertainment scene in Knoxville."

A who’s who of local, regional and national talent will take to the stages at Market Square, Scruffy City Hall and Preservation Pub.


The current list of performers, presented in alphabetical order after the headliners, is as follows:

Perpetual Groove 

RB Morris • Electric Darling


Appalachian Hippie Poet • Andrew Leahey & the Homestead (Nashville) • Baby Baby (Atlanta) • Bark • Barstool Romeos • Cody Brooks (Nashville) • Crumbsnatchers • Deadbeat Scoundrels • Floralorix (Nashville)• Grandpa’s Stash • Gillian (Brookyln, NY) • Guy Marshall • Handsome & the Humbles • Heiskell • Hellaphant • Hudson K • Josiah & The Greater Good • Magmablood • Magnolia Motel • Marble City Shooters • Mendingwall • MEOB • The Monday Movement • Nox York • The Pinklets • Peak Physique • Senryu • Skinned Knees • Southern Cities • Thrift Store Cowboys (Lubbock, TX) • Time Sawyer (Charlotte, NC)• Tree Tops • Yung Life • The Wild Jays (Nashville, TN)