February 22 2017

Chattanooga Music

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Not only does Chattanooga offer a large variety of entertainment venues & restaurants available any time you visit, but the city also hosts an assortment of festivals throughout the year, suited to please every type of music lover. Here's a guide to all things music happening in Chattanooga.

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This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the recording Glenn Miller's famous "Chattanooga Choo Choo" which became the first-every gold record in 1942.  Watch a special interview with Robert Oermann talking about the history of the song and then check out some of our local artists putting their own take on this classic tune.

Join NPR's Travel Show "Journeys of Discovery" as correspondent Tom Wilmur talks about the thriving live music scene in Chattanooga, TN and the 75th Anniversary of Glenn Miller's "Chattanooga Choo Choo" song. 
Listen here:"Gig City" Chattanooga, TN - Where Live Music Thrives


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See our Nightlife section. 

Check our Live Music Events Calendar.



Erlanger's Chattanooga Marathon presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is going to be a weekend-long party for runners and fans alike.

Strung Like A HorseFriday night, head to the First Tennessee Pavilion for Michelob Ultra's Kick-Off Party. Strung Like A Horse is putting on a FREE show that will take place on an outside stage located in a parking lot (yes, parking lot) at the First Tennessee Pavilion. It will be stationed right next to a huge Michelob ULTRA trailer, providing a happy hour experience for all runners, fans, locals, visitors, neighbors... ALL are welcome! The show is from 5-7pm. There's no better way to kick off your Friday.

Rick RushingSunday is Race Day! Whether you're running, supporting, or simply looking for some Sunday excitement, head to the First Tennessee Pavilion to cheer on the finish line, check out the expansive vendor expo, grab some delicious food, and tap your toes to some great, live music. All musical performances are free admission located on an outdoor stage, towards the back half of the pavilion. Performances includes the Knob Creek Girls (9am-9:45am), Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers (10am-10:45am) and Kofi Mawuko and the Ogya World Music Band (12pm-12:45pm).

Click here for more information surrounding these musical performances.



02/22: Muddy Magnolias, Revelry Room, Buy tickets
03/03: Strung Like A Horse at the Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon - FREE SHOW!
03/05: Live Music at the Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon: Knob Creek Girls, Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers, and Kofi Mawuko and the Ogya World Music Band - FREE SHOW!

03/07: Jimmy Eat World, Track 29, Buy tickets
03/12: Greensky Bluegrass, Track 29, Buy tickets
03/15: Earth, Wind and Fire, Memorial Auditorium, Buy tickets
03/22: Conor Oberst, Track 29, Buy tickets
04/08: Loretta Lynn, Tivoli Theatre, Sold Out!
04/09: TAUK, Revelry Room, Buy tickets
04/20: Jason Isbelle, Track 29, Buy tickets

05/07: Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds, Tivoli Theatre, Buy tickets
06/09: Gregg Allman, Tivoli Theatre, Buy tickets
06/09-17: Riverbend Music Festival feat. Toby Keith and many more! Buy tickets



Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers ConventionGreat Southern Old Time Fiddlers' Convention
901 Lindsay, March 11
Come out for the 2017 Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers' Convention and help us celebrate this Great Southern tradition. This convention is a contest of all old-time music and dance and there will be cash and prizes in old time categories - fiddle, banjo, dance, song and stringband. Food and drinks will be available. 

St. Paddy's on the ParkwaySt. Paddy's on the Parkway
Patten Parkway, 2pm-12am
ead over to Patten Parkway for an all-ages street party, designed to showcase & promote local and regional musicians and celebrate the universally loved St Patrick’s day holiday. The Party on the Parkway festival uses the entire length of Patten Parkway to celebrate with an additional outdoor stage, food and beer vendors, and a kids zone with interactive games and crafts.

Chattanooga Film Festival

Chattanooga Film Festival
Carmike Majestic 12, Apr. 6-9
Founded in 2013, The Chattanooga Film Festival promotes two pillars: community and film. The Festival includes 4 days of independent films, which run the gamut between low-budget indie projects to major productions. The festival also includes social events and educational panels for local & regional filmmakers.  

4 Bridges Arts Festival4 Bridges Arts Festival
First TN Pavilion, Apr. 21-23
4 Bridges Arts Festival will return for its 17th year to bring world-class fine art to the region. 4 Bridges is a fully juried show with artists awards totaling $15,000. Diversity in mediums and styles in a truly unique 50,000 sq. ft. covered pavilion mix with serious art buyers from across the region, and beyond, to create an atmosphere unlike any other.

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Levitt AMPChattanooga is 1 of 15 cities across America to win a Levitt AMP Grant Award of $25K in matching funds to present a free concert series. The music series will be held on the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center in the historic Martin Luther King district, shining a light on its renowned musical heritage while reestablishing it as a thriving cultural destination.
Read more here.



Songbirds Guitar MuseumSongbirds Guitar Museum is a guitar-oriented, pop culture museum experience for the whole family. Explore its collection of over 1,700 rare, vintage guitars like no other on Earth. Experience American history and the evolution of the guitar from the 1920's through the 1970's through Songbirds Guitars extensive anthology of permanent and revolving exhibits on the campus of the world-famous Chattanooga Choo Choo. Songbirds takes you through the origins of rock and roll from gospel to blues to R&B to the sounds of Motown and the invasion of the British. See and hear the impact of surf music and the rural acoustic music of country, bluegrass and folk. Each exhibit features the guitars that made the music as well as the stories and artists that brought them to life. Songbirds Guitar Museum is historically accurate, educational and fun for both guitar enthusiasts and those new to the world of fretted instruments. The museum hosts musical performances and also serves as an event space to host private parties. 


Toby KeithFor over 35 years Chattanooga’s beautiful downtown and riverfront have been accompanied by the sights and sounds of the country’s best music festival: Riverbend. Every summer over half a million people hit the streets of downtown Chattanooga to enjoy great music and delicious food, with the view of America’s Scenic City glowing in the background. The Festival lasts eight days and offers five stages with more than 100 bands featuring world class entertainment. One of those eight days is dedicated completely to the Jazz and Blues, and highlights Chattanooga’s storied past with these genres during the Bessie Smith Strut Night on the historic M.L. King Blvd. The festival is wrapped up every year with one of the region’s best fireworks displays that is sure to dazzle. This year’s headliners include Toby Keith, Old Dominion, and many more.  


Whether you like soulful singer/songwriters, classic rock n’ roll, jazz, or hopping dance parties, there’s a music venue for everyone in the Scenic City.



Broadway at the TivoliThe Tivoli Theatre is thrilled to announce its inaugural Broadway at the Tivoli Theatre complete season lineup as part of the ongoing revitalization of the Theatre’s cultural and musical offerings. 

The complete 2016-2017 Broadway at the Tivoli Theatre season is as follows:

DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story on Stage
 January 17 & 18, 2017
CHICAGO February 15-17, 2017
RENT – 20th Anniversary Tour March 8 & 9, 2017
RIVERDANCE – 20th Anniversary World Tour April 18-20, 2017
ANNIE May 2 & 3, 2017

Read more information here.



Clyde's On MainChattanooga is home to a wide array of live music venues, from intimate hole-in-the-wall’s, to majestic seated theaters, to open dance floors, there is a unique experience offered for each artist and attendee. But if you’re someone who prefers to enjoy bands in a cozier setting over some food and beverage, then, here's a list of bars and restaurants with live entertainment.



Chattanooga Symphony & OperaThe Chattanooga Symphony and Opera’s mission is to inspire, engage and enrich the Chattanooga community through music and music education. Set in the historic and beautiful Tivoli Theatre, attending a CSO performance is truly an unforgettable experience. Click here for the 2016/2017 Season.



String Theory
String Theory
 is a chamber music series bringing inspiring evenings of the best chamber music to the Hunter Museum of American Art. Offering superb musical performances in an artistically satisfying setting, this series will feature some of the world’s most sought after musicians. Their artistry creates dynamic musical dialogues that leaves audiences spellbound. The one-hour concerts include chamber classics as well as music of our time. Click here for the 2016/2017 Season.

John Hamm Performing Arts Series
The John Hamm Performing Arts Series brings world-renowned musical artists to
Covenant’s campus to offer recitals and educational opportunities that serve students as well as the surrounding Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain communities. Click here for the
2016/2017 Season.

Squonk Opera
In keeping with its mission to present the highest quality artists available, the Patten Performances at UTC 2016/2017 Season includes performances from GRAMMY-winners Rosanne Cash and Eighth Blackbird; Parsons Dance, British stage, screen, and TV actor Julian Sands; and Squonk Opera. 


Chattanooga. The name itself sounds musical, inspiring Glenn Miller’s famous train song seventy-five years ago and this music video today. Trains and music still run through the Scenic City, carrying diverse sounds of jazz, blues, folk, rock and more, whistling up to the mountains above and echoing down to the valleys below. All aboard...

WUTC​ takes us behind the scenes of its "Afternoon Music" radio show with host Richard Winham​. In this episode, Winham interviews Ryan Oyer​, a Chattanooga musician who has captured local audiences throughout the years with his gorgeous string arrangements and beautiful lyrics. Oyer performs two songs, "So Far So Good " and "White Star" off his latest EP "So Far So Good." #CHAmusic

stupidDOPE.com calls Chattanooga, TN "one of the most dope places to visit this year." See why in this dope video by Richard Williams. Music by local artists Kindora, Rock Floyd and Swayyvo Morton. 

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