On Friday night, Johnson University’s own student-led band, The Valley Opera, had their headlining show at the Square Room located on Market Square in Downtown Knoxville.

The Square Room nestled in Market Square

The Square Room nestled in Market Square

The band members of The Valley Opera include Tanner Rutherford, MaKenzee Lady, Cord Johnson, Dane Alexander, and Ben Mcgue.


The Valley Opera as they end the evening of music.

Admission for the show was $10. Students and faculty from Johnson University gathered eagerly to see the show.

“I enjoy their style of music and I enjoy seeing my friends perform,” said Maci Hughlett, a sophomore at JUTN.

“I came with my boyfriend, Blake West. We wanted to support our friends,” said Alexis Curts.

The night of music was kicked off by singer/songwriter Grady Milligan. He performed an array of his own songs, starting with “Seasons” and ending with “Dusty Stages.”

Milligan has his music available online on both iTunes and Spotify.

The Valley Opera played a variety of songs throughout the evening, and the audience reacted positively towards them.

Cord Johnson and Tanner Rutherford performing on stage.

Cord Johnson and Tanner Rutherford performing on stage.

The band expressed their gratitude to their supporters for being there and listening to them.

The Valley Opera sold their CDs at the concert for only a suggested donation of $3. Tanner Rutherford also announced that The Valley Opera will be releasing their second CD in the spring of 2016.

The band just recently played at the Square Room three weeks ago for the Harvester’s benefit concert They have been known to perform at various locations throughout the year in Knoxville.

The Valley Opera will be performing next in Raleigh, North Carolina on Nov 6.

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  1. Tiffany Goodpasture (alumni) November 10, 2015 at 2:44 am

    Does the Valley Opera have a website or contact information? I wasn’t at the concert, but I’d love to learn more about them!


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