Sweet P’s Events Calendar


 Sweet P’s Barbeque has several events and specials planned for the month of May. The events and special offers for the two locations include:

World’s Fair Day – Tuesday, May 2, Downtown Dive

Sweet P’s Downtown Dive is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair with food and drink specials at 1982 prices. Bud Light will be $1 and Cherry Coke just 50 cents, as well as Frito Pies for $2. Customers also can buy the new World’s Fair Beer, a pale ale brewed in Knoxville. Chris Ford, owner of Sweet P’s Barbeque, owns the trademark for the 1982 World’s Fair logo and will award any customer who can complete a Rubik’s Cube in 15 minutes or less with a $15 Sweet P’s gift card. Children will receive vintage coloring books that were distributed free at the fair.

Sweet P’s Downtown Dive to host ‘Jazz Fest & Feast’ May 6

Sweet P’s Barbeque is bringing a taste of the bayou to Big Orange Country. In celebration of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Sweet P’s Downtown Dive will host “Jazz Fest & Feast” on Saturday, May 6, from noon-5 pm.

The event will take place in the beer garden of the downtown restaurant at 410 W Jackson Ave., and guests will be treated to live musical performances by Brian Clay, as well as Frog & Toad’s Dixie Quartet. In addition to the regular menu, Sweet P’s will offer traditional creole dishes including boudin balls and po’boy sandwiches. Beer specials will feature New Orleans brews.

“Jazz Fest is one of my all-time favorite festivals,” said Chis Ford, owner of Sweet P’s Barbeque. “From the food and drink to the music and ambiance of celebration, we hope to bring New Orleans to Knoxville for the day and immerse our patrons in this unique culture.”

Clay will play from noon-1 p.m. Born in Chicago, Clay grew up in Atlanta and has been a principal player in the Atlanta jazz scene as an accomplished keyboardist, vocalist and composer. He has shared the stage with jazz legends George Duke, David Sanborn, Stanley Clarke and Gato Barbieri, as well as contemporary jazz all-stars Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, The Rippingtons, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Euge Groove.

Frog & Toad’s Dixie Quartet will perform at 1:30 p.m. Started by third-generation jazz musician Jason Thompson, the Knoxville jazz group focuses on Dixieland and early swing. In 2012, the group recorded its first album, “Debut,” which highlights Thompson’s original music.

Mother’s Day Special – Sunday, May 14, Downtown Dive

Bring your mom to Sweet P’s for a special Mother’s Day meal of house-made bagels topped with dill cream cheese, pickled red onions, capers and house-made lox.

Taste ’n’ Toast – Wednesday, May 24, 5-9 p.m., Downtown Dive

Sweet P’s hosts monthly Taste ’n’ Toast fundraisers at the Downtown Dive, offering guests a chance to have a good time and support a good cause. This month, the Taste ’n’ Toast will support the Bijou Theatre. Each $15 plate includes an entrée, sides and beer pairing with $5 of every specially created dinner donated to the theater. This month’s menu features Santa Maria Tri Tip steak, mashed cauliflower and blistered grape tomatoes. Lagunitas Brewing Company will sponsor beer pairings for the meal. Sweet P’s also will match the amount raised at the event for an additional donation to the Bijou Theatre.

Songwriters in the Soul House – Wednesday, May 24, 6-8 p.m.

The Soul House presents David Olney as part of the fifth season of Songwriters in the Soul House. The show is free, and seating is first-come, first-served. Sweet P’s Barbeque also has partnered this year with Blackhorse Brewery to offer beer specials on handcrafted ales, including $2 cans during all shows. Acclaimed American folk singer/songwriter David Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings. His songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien and Steve Young, among many others.

Half Price Wine Bottles

Every Thursday @ the Downtown Dive

All wine bottles are half price from open to close on every Thursday.