AC Entertainment and David Dewhirst Set to Announce New Depot Avenue Venue, the Mill and Mine

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For several months, the schedule for the Big Ears festival (March 31-April 3) has listed “New Venue TBA” as the site of several performances during the annual avant-garde music and film extravaganza. Ashley Capps, the head of Big Ears organizer AC Entertainment, has been tight-lipped about the new venue. But he and developers David Dewhirst and Mark Heinz are now ready to officially introduce the Mill and Mine, “a new type of venue for Knoxville,” located at 225 W. Depot Ave.

Capps, Dewhirst, and Heinz are holding a press tour of the new 1,200-capacity space near the Public House and Regas Square on Tuesday, March 8, at 1:30 p.m. Here’s the press release; we’ll have more details and photos tomorrow, after the tour.

The Mill & Mine will be a new type of venue for Knoxville.  The 20,000 square foot main indoor concert and event space can accommodate 1200 people for a concert.  It features a large elevated stage with full state of the art concert audio and visual.  The room can also hold more than 500 people for a formal seated dinner.  In addition, there are catering facilities, dressing rooms, a second floor viewing area and private rooms. There are multiple restrooms, bars and outside patios.

The Mill & Mine will also feature 10,000 square feet of outdoor event space with covered patios, lawn turf, decks, restrooms, bars and lounge areas.

The venue’s first event will be a part of the internationally renowned Big Ears Festival. There are already charity dinners, wedding and musical shows being booked. Plenty of free parking is available. For some events, valet parking will also be available. 

This multi-million dollar investment represents the continued growth of downtown to the north, significantly enhancing and enlarging the downtown footprint and strengthening the connection to the Old North and Fourth & Gill neighborhoods. 

At this event you will be able to tour the nearly completed facility and see drawings of the outdoor courtyard venue and the adjacent future development.   You will have the opportunity to ask questions of partners Ashley Capps, David Dewhirst and Mark Heinz.  Ashley Capps will be booking the music talent for the concert venue and Mary Beth Tugwell will be booking large events and weddings.  The City of Knoxville has played a key role and Mayor Madeline Rogero will be there to speak.


Senior Editor Matthew Everett manages the Knoxville Mercury's arts & entertainment section, including the comprehensive calendar section—Knoxville’s go-to guide for everything worth doing in the area. You can reach Matthew at

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