Big Name Entertainment The Exhibit: 1960s-1980s
Alumni and community members regularly contact archives regarding big-name entertainment groups that performed at Tennessee Tech in the past. Some interest is due to nostalgia, but others inquire because of a concert or performers historical significance. We assisted patrons as far as England and Australia with our big-name entertainment archives. As a result of this interest, we felt a big-name entertainment exhibit at the Varsity Theater would be a great idea.
The exhibit features photographs of famous people on stages; however, it also includes some great stories and historical documents that add depth to the pictures. For instance, did you know Elvis’s last scheduled concert was at Tech? Or that a major record label signed Garth Brooks after playing Tech? More importantly, how did Tennessee Tech book these big-name acts??? Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Cash, Jefferson Starship, and The Temptations to name a few. The exhibit answers these questions and more.
We wanted a traditional exhibit opening. We even prepared a big-name entertainment playlist which you can listen to here (*Spotify required): https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2ftNbzz22pNZ2t4eQYx2VK?si=UbYaZkclRdeNs0qISVO3TA&fbclid=IwAR2SpZQnzdm0XGFbW7Nx1JoLNb4vZWIrBjf8A8hOdy1HCqULcB-cWOBkfgw
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, this is not happening. You can view the exhibit in person with social distancing and a mask at the Varsity Theatre or here! We are living in strange times, but we are also excited to try a new online exhibit software. We hope that it makes the exhibit accessible to more people.
If you have a story about seeing a band at Tennessee Tech that we did not include and you would like for us to add it to the exhibit, you can submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. make certain that your email includes a permission for us to publish and store your story for the exhibit and future researchers to use.
Megan Atkinson, The Crawford Alumni Center, Ron Rami, and Phil Wheeler