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Sat, Dec 03


The Open Chord

Forrest Isn't Dead with Elijah Cruise & Shayla McDaniel

Tickets: Advance - $10 | At Doors - $15

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Time & Location

Dec 03, 2022, 8:00 PM

The Open Chord, 8502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919, USA

About the event

Forrest Isn't Dead

Known for his introspective and candid lyrics, Atlanta based Alt/Pop artist Forrest Isn’t Dead pours out the stories of his life experiences and hardships through his unique and thought-provoking music. Growing up with a single mother and limited resources, Forrest Kleindienst found early inspiration in music and skateboarding, which played a major role in developing his feelings about life and love. He later dove head first into writing original music, learning to play drums, guitar, piano, and of course singing. “My mom had to work full time to care for the two of us. After school I would spend all of my time skateboarding or locked in my room working on music. It kept me out of trouble most of the time; and gave me something more to look forward to.”, said Forrest. Artists such as The Cure, My Chemical Romance, and Prince were big influences on his creative direction, but battling adversity and overcoming his own challenges were a benchmark towards shaping the person he is today.

Forrest Isn't Dead recently signed with Madison Records and released his debut singles and videos for “The Light” & "Here We Are", which draws parallels such as Gorillaz, Tame Impala and M83. Forrest’s latest single, “Fire” is from his upcoming album and features co-production from Passion Pit producer Alex Aldi.

Elijah Cruise Elijah Cruise is a Nashville-based producer and alternative pop artist enchanting his listeners with rich melodies and embracing lyrics blending unique dark tones and elements of electronica. With over 230,000 streams on Spotify since April this year, he has collaborated with notable electronic duo WE ARE FURY featuring in the single, “Poem of A Killer'' rising to a striking 72,000 streams in less than 2 weeks & being featured on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Nightingale. Elijah has released his debut EP “Life Can Be Strange” at the start of his career in 2019 and released his next anticipated EP “Sufføcating / The Eulogy” in May 2022.

Shayla McDaniel Shayla McDaniel is a singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist crafting guitar-driven alt pop in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Driven, productive, and prodigiously talented, McDaniel is now poised to emerge a world-class artist with a uniquely emotive indie-rock aesthetic. Up next, she will be playing local and regional shows with her band, as well as intimate solo performances for her ever-growing audience. “I feel like I am really finding myself as an artist these days. It’s been such an uplifting journey,” Shayla says.

In a short period of time, the young artist has garnered prime accolades. Her song "Bittersweet" was featured on MTV's "Siesta Key." She performed at Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival; the Waynestock Festival; Sunset on Central; Women in Jazz Jam Festival; and live on-air at WUTK 90.3 FM, WDVX 89.9 FM, and WOZO 103.9 FM, among other stations. Shayla has been in Knoxville Music Warehouse’s Top 16 song charts; been voted by fans as Knoxville’s Favorite Band; won numerous Knoxville Music Awards; and earned prestigious awards nominations from CityView Magazine and Knoxnews


  • 2 hours 10 minutes

    Doors Open

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