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Weather forces venue change for KSO concert

The iconic Sunsphere is a local landmark on the Knoxville skyline.
The iconic Sunsphere is a local landmark on the Knoxville skyline.
Gayle Crabtree

The free Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert is changing venues for tomorrow night The Thursday, May 1, performance was originally slotted to be held outdoors on Market Square. Unseasonably cooler weather is moving in that has caused organizers to rethink those plans. The concert will now be held at the Bijou Theater at 803 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville in the regular 7:30 pm time slot.

Drier air is predicted to move in tonight and tomorrow. Nighttime temperatures are expected to be around 43 degrees. That's a little cool for an outdoor event.

Parking along Gay Street is already utilized by people who are visiting the downtown area. The Bijou Theater is in close proximity to the available parking for the original venue on Market Square. Concert attendees who were planning to park on Gay Street in Knoxville probably won't be inconvenienced. A map of the parking lots and garages is available at the website for the City of Knoxville.

Additional free parking is available at the Market Square, State Street and Locust Street garages.

Home Federal Bank is sponsoring the concert by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. It marks the first in a series of free outdoor concerts that are scheduled to take place on Market Square. Performances are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through the spring and summer. This year the schedule will run from May 1 - August 26, 2014.

Scheduled performances include the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Jazz by Marble City 5, the Knoxville Community Band, Swingtime Ensemble Group and more. The family friendly concerts are well attended. Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Find out more about other outdoor concerts on the City of Knoxville Facebook page. Food and drink at the outdoor concerts will only be available from the restaurants on Market Square. There will not be other food vendors. Concert goers should plan accordingly.

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