Keep Knoxville Beautiful (KKB) is revitalizing a unique KKB tradition Friday, October 14, 2016. KKB’s Rocky Top Pickin’ Party will be held under a full moon close to downtown at the historic Mabry-Hazen House from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. It will feature the musical talents of The Bearded and the Hardin Valley Thunder. All are welcome and attendees are encouraged to bring an instrument and join the breakout sessions between sets. Barbeque and tacos will be available from the Rollin’ Smoke and Captain Muchacho’s food trucks.


Tickets for this family-friendly event include 4 FREE beers or beverages, and can be purchased through the Keep Knoxville Beautiful website. Attendees who bring an instrument pay only $5! General advance tickets are $15, or $20 on the day of the event. All of the proceeds go toward Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s programs.


“Here in East Tennessee, many people dabble in bluegrass and Americana. We’re encouraging everyone from these closet musicians to local virtuosos to enjoying making music by joining the breakout pickin’ parties held around the grounds,” says Patience Melnik, executive director of Keep Knoxville Beautiful. “The event is also unique because it will be low-waste. Our organization strives to promote a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful Knoxville, so we are making the event as environmentally friendly as possible in order to align it with our mission.”


“We have worked hard with everyone involved to minimize waste,” adds Sarah Carman, Programs Coordinator at Keep Knoxville Beautiful. “Most of the food sold by Rollin’ Smoke and Captain Muchacho’s will be served with reusable packaging, with the remainder served with recyclable or compostable packaging. We will collect compost and our recycling trailer with bins will be on-site.”


“We hope the event will inspire others to consider minimizing their waste, and will encourage event organizers to take advantage of our recycling trailer, which is a free resource for anyone to borrow for local events,” states Patience Melnik.


“Most importantly, though, we hope folks will come enjoy a relaxing fall evening of music, pickin’, food, and friends, all while supporting Keep Knoxville Beautiful.”


To learn more about Keep Knoxville Beautiful and to purchase tickets to the Rocky Top Pickin’ Party, please visit