Proteus Festival

Music, Theater, and Film!

September 27, 2020 to October 11, 2020

Virtual and In Person!

Main Stage Theater, Virtual

Proteus Festival is The Z’s annual celebration of creativity. In keeping with the festival’s namesake, Proteus, the festival’s form shifts slightly each year. This year we are soliciting submissions in music, theater and film for featured performers.


Critically acclaimed singer songwriter

October 24, 2020

Saturday at 3pm and 7:30pm

Main Stage Theater

With music described as “old-timey,” the East Tennessee native adds her own unique contemporary blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, Bluegrass, Gospel, Blues, and Jazz. Critics have compared her to a young Janis Joplin, Iris Dement, and Dolly Parton.

Vocal Jazz Summit

Jazz Festival

March 27, 2021

All day Saturday!

Main Stage Theater, Virtual

The Vocal Jazz Summit brings together jazz enthusiasts, artists, and the greater jazz community in celebration of the art form. The weekend will engage festival-goers with live performance, interactive workshops and masterclasses, and networking opportunities.

Tastebreakers Fest

Local and regional acts

June 19, 2021

All day Saturday!

Main Stage Theater, Virtual

TasteBreakers music festival is a daylong festival featuring exceptionally talented local and regional music acts from The Z’s annual TasteBreakers concert series.