The Blue Plate Special

Hey, Y’all! It’s the Blue Plate Special!

The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a live performance radio show held at noon, with your host Red Hickey Monday through Friday and Doug Lauderdale on Saturday, at the WDVX studio inside the Knoxville Visitor Center.  It’s free to attend.  So come and play your part as an audience member in the radio show that’s popular world wide!  Sugarlands Distilling Company supports the Blue Plate Special.

October Shows

November Shows

Check Out What’s Coming Up on the Blue Plate Special!

23
Oct

Marko Hatlak / Louise Mosrie

WDVX Blue Plate Special

12:00 pm – 01:00 pm

 

Welcome Louise Mosrie back to the WDVX Blue Plate Special Stage in a twin bill with Marko Hatlak.  

Free Entry

24
Oct

Nick Dittmeier / Tyler Childers & the Food Stamps

WDVX Blue Plate Special

12:00 pm – 01:00 pm

 

The rural and rich lives of the people who live in towns founded by coal industry provide a well of musical inspiration for this Eastern Kentucky native. Tyler ...

Free Entry

25
Oct

Tommy Cox / Pierce Edens & the Dirty Work

WDVX Blue Plate Special

12:00 pm – 01:00 pm

 

and Pierce Edens & the Dirty Work will scuff up the floor with a tincture of grunge, bluegrass and old-timey mountain music. Get yourself personally ...

Free Entry

27
Oct

The Lowest Pair / Marbin

WDVX Blue Plate Special

12:00 pm – 01:00 pm

 

Marbin brings you an eclectic world music experience , heavily leaning on Jazz and traditional Eastern European folk. They will paint you a picture that is out ...

Free Entry

28
Oct

Christopher Bell / Devan Jones & the Uptown Stomp

The WDVX Blue Plate Special

12:00 pm – 01:00 pm

 

Join the fun with a live music experience on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. Two acts today with Christopher Bell and Devan Jones & the Uptown Stomp.  

Free Entry

29
Oct

Drew Davis / Nathan Kalish & the Wildlife

WDVX Blue Plate Special

01:00 pm – 01:00 pm

 

Nathan Kalish & the Wildlife bring us a rock and roll seasoned stew of country, roots and writing that gives him world traveling life in music. He is a ...

Free Entry

30
Oct

Sara Jean Kelley / Travis Bowlin

WDVX Blue Plate Special

12:00 pm – 01:00 pm

 

Sara Jean Kelley is absolute Nashville Country – born and bred there, nurtured by the rich music traditions of her city. Her sound is loyal to the Nashville ...

Free Entry

31
Oct

Jack Rentfro & the Apocaylpso Quartet / Aaron Burdett

WDVX Blue Plate Special

12:00 pm – 01:00 pm

 

Try to define the Knoxville based performer Jack Rentfro & the Apocaylpso Quartet is like trying to grab smoke. He is going to sling (sometimes) complete ...

Free Entry

01
Nov

Listener Appreciation Day

WDVX Listener Appreciation Day

12:00 pm – 04:00 pm

 

Join WDVX for Listener Appreciation Day November 1st. Free live music from Noon til 4pm at the Knoxville Visitor Center with music from Caroline Rose, Caleb ...

Free Entry

About the Blue Plate Special

The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a live performance radio show held at noon, Monday through Saturday, at the Knoxville Visitor Center on the corner of Gay Street and Summit Hill Drive. It’s free and open to an audience of all ages!

Hosted weekdays by Red Hickey (and Doug Lauderdale on Saturdays), the WDVX Blue Plate Special is broadcast and webcast around the world. Can’t make it down for a show? Listen live online. If you’re in town, bring your lunch and join us for real, live music in beautiful downtown Knoxville.

The WDVX Blue Plate Special program was created in 1997, the same year WDVX started broadcasting as a community public radio station from a 14-foot camper studio in Norris, TN. The noontime show included themed broadcasts and occasional live performances from visiting artists. In late summer of 2005, WDVX brought back Knoxville’s rich tradition of mid-day live radio shows by producing the Blue Plate Special in front of a live studio audience from its new home in the Knoxville Visitor Center, located at 301 South Gay Street. The WDVX Blue Plate Special is now a signature event in downtown Knoxville and was recognized as the 2006 Knoxville Area Museum/Attraction of the Year.

From blues to bluegrass, country to Celtic, folk to funk, rockabilly to hillbilly, local to international, it’s all part of the real, live music experience on the WDVX Blue Plate Special.

Blue Plate Special – Artist Submissions

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What you need to know before submitting…(you must read this before you will be considered for booking)

The Blue Plate Special (BPS) is a FREE show. Performers may sell merchandise (you keep 100%), promote upcoming performances, promote a CD and website etc.; however, there is no performance fee. The promotional benefit and opportunity to sell merchandise is mutually beneficial for you and WDVX. The BPS is a LIVE broadcast, in front of a LIVE audience. It is not a “taped” only performance. THE BLUE PLATE SPECIAL IS PRIMARILY AN ACOUSTIC VENUE! Please be aware that the BPS stage is small, the listening room in the visitor center is small, and the BPS PA system is, you guessed it, small. Electric bands are STRONGLY encouraged to strip down their setup to accommodate an “unplugged” performance (drummers, PLEASE consider rods or brushes instead of sticks). We enjoy all types of music and bands here, but we really do have to keep an eye on our volume…otherwise people leave, and that’s just bad for everybody. Although we are proud to showcase new talent, we ask that you have some experience before submitting. We encourage new acts to get experience through open-mic nights and jams, as well as actual performance experience BEFORE requesting to book onto the show. WORLDWIDE radio is not a good “first gig.” Get some experience…then apply. Try to book your BPS appearance around a performance in/around Knoxville. The BPS is a tool to use to promote an upcoming performance or new CD. YOU MUST PROVIDE WDVX WITH DEMO MATERIAL. WE NEED TO KNOW THAT YOU FIT OUR PROGRAMMING CRITERIA… Youtube, Reverbnation, Facebook, whatever, but make it EASY for us to preview your music. When submitting to the BPS please send specific dates that work, keeping in mind we often are booking months ahead at a time. We book 48 acts a month so if you are told a date is available it doesn’t mean we are holding it for you. Until you receive a message that your date is CONFIRMED, it is available to the first taker. WDVX RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DECLINE ARTIST REQUESTS FOR ANY REASON, AT ANY TIME. We’ve had as few people as 10 in attendance, and we’ve had as many as 190-200 (pretty much standing room only). Promoting your performance is YOUR responsibility. We’ll do our part, but help us out by linking to the WDVX Blue Plate Special on your Facebook page (while you’re at it, give us a “like” on FB). Be sure to mention that your performance will be webcast around the world at wdvx.com, and tag WDVX whenever you can on Facebook.

10577167_783877441662427_195757269334588050_nWhat you need to know about the show…

The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a free, daily concert series from 12 noon to 1 p.m. that features live performances from local, national, and international artists. It is broadcast to a worldwide audience via webcast at www.WDVX.com, and may be in Knoxville on FM stations 89.9 and 102.9. On any day of the week, downtown Knoxville working professionals, tourists traveling to and through Knoxville, and loyal WDVX listeners flock to the Knoxville Visitor Center to enjoy a daily dose of the Blue Plate. Many audiences bring a lunch or enjoy a snack and drink from the Visitor Center gift shop. The Blue Plate features at least 2 acts a show, 6 days a week! Some of our previous performing artists include: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Avett Brothers, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart, Nickel Creek, Red Stick Ramblers, Rodney Crowell, String Cheese Incident, The Del McCoury Band, Tim O’Brien, Yonder Mountain String Band, David Grisman, Claire Lynch Band, Brett Dennen, Tommy Emmanuel, Uncle Earl, The Infamous Stringdusters, the Jerry Douglas Band, Joan Osborne, John Oats, Mary Gauthier, Darrell Scott, and many many more! If you’re interested in performing on the Blue Plate Special, please send an email to bpsbooking@wdvx.com. Booking requests through our Facebook will not be accepted.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING EAST TENNESSEE’S OWN WDVX!!!

Blue Plate Special Hosts

Red Hickey

Red Hickey

Red Hickey

Red in the Press

WBIR: “WDVX DJ Red Hickey Has a ‘Kickin’ Boot Collection” Garden & Gun: “Meet the Locals: Knoxville” Southern Living: “On the Air With Red”

Doug Lauderdale

Doug-Lauderdale

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