January 20 2017
Chattanooga is the third rising star for music cities in Tennessee. 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.
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BARKING LEGS THEATERFounded in 1993 and named after the rugged apparel of the Appalachian woodsmen of centuries past, Barking Legs Theater hosts a wide variety of music, dance and improv productions. The venue serves as an intimate setting that holds 175 patrons, just minutes away from bustling downtown Chattanooga. Head there on Wednesdays nights for live jazz music in the lounge!
BESSIE SMITH CULTURAL CENTER
What started out in 1983 as the Chattanooga African American Museum has since developed into a place to honor Chattanooga's own Bessie Smith, who was known as "The Empress of the Blues" and the era that her music inspired. Located on the historic M.L. King Blvd. in downtown Chattanooga, the BSCC plays host to the nationally renowned Bessie Smith Strut, which is a part of Chattanooga's Riverbend Festival where locals and visitors can take in the indelible sounds of the old Mississippi Delta alongside the twang of sweet Southern Jazz. In addition to the Strut, The Bessie serves as a hosting venue for all things blues and jazz featuring national music series like the Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series on its beautiful lawn in the fall. There simply is not a better place to take in the sights, sounds, and culture of jazz and blues.
Clyde’s on Main is a Southside hit! The popular bar located in downtown Chattanooga is not just any ordinary place. Along with having a great food and beer selection, this venue offers live music that hits just the right notes after a long week. This is the place to be for great live music, drinks, games, and great times. Photo by Mark Herndon.
Located on the quaint Patten Parkway, the Honest Pint serves as the downtown community’s neighborhood Irish pub. This restaurant and music venue offers a welcoming environment for friends to gather after work to relax, or kick up their heels on the weekend. Offering pool, darts, regular live music and homemade specialties, head to the Honest Pint and enjoy being among friends.
JAZZANOOGA ARTS SPACE
This recent addition to Chattanooga’s sprawling music scene is a wonderful place to take in the sights and sounds of sweet Southern Jazz music. This venue’s location on the historic M.L. King Blvd. in downtown Chattanooga is no coincidence either, having served as the city’s main jazz strip for many years past playing host to people like Bessie Smith and James Brown, to name a few. The Jazzanooga Arts Space puts a new twist on the past, and features many local and regional jazz, soul and R&B musicians.
Named one of the ‘Top 100 American Music Venues” by the Consequence of Sound music publication, JJ’s Bohemia is sure to please. This venue is located on Chattanooga’s historic M.L. King Blvd. where the sounds of music’s past are being reverberated through the excellent acoustics offered at this hip downtown joint. JJ’s is known for bringing in artists from all over the region and country, including Future Islands, Kurt Vile, Jeff the Brotherhood and many more. It also regularly showcases the best of Chattanooga’s local music scene.
SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
In what started in 1921 as a memorial to veterans of the war, Memorial Auditorium has evolved over time into a 3,866 person concert hall. The auditorium offers the best in technical savvy that national touring artists need, all while preserving the historic landmakr's architectural integrity.
THE CAMP HOUSE
The Camphouse on M.L. King Blvd. in downtown Chattanooga is known to those around the area as both a relaxing place to grab some java and a wonderful concert venue that can hold about 475 people! The setting is both modern and rustic and offers all who come something to enjoy, whether it be their hand-crafted sandwiches or coffee that is just the right pick-me-up on any day of the week. Live concerts include performances from Darrell Scott, Lera Lynn, Angel Snow and many more. Music, food, and coffee. What else could you need?
Located inside The Chattanoogan, one of the cities’ most premier luxury hotels in the surging Southside district, The Foundry is a unique upscale lounge that serves fresh deli food and plays host to musical acts from around the region in an intimate and sophisticated setting.
This recent addition to the eclectic Southside district of downtown Chattanooga is a fantastic mixed use venue. The Granfalloon is an intimate venue where the rustic and industrial ambiance of Chattanooga’s past can be taken in as patrons enjoy fresh crepes and ice cream from Adelle’s, and then swing on over to the café and take in some fun live entertainment all within walking distance to some of Chattanooga’s top destinations.
THE MCKENZIE ARENA
The 12,000 seat Mckenzie Arena is located on the campus of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition to being home to the UTC Basketball team, it serves as one of Chattanooga's premier live music destinations which has played host to Elton John, James Taylor, and many other national touring artists.
THE REVELRY ROOM
The Revelry Room is located inside the historic Chattanooga Choo-Choo in downtown Chattanooga. The venue serves as a wonderful concert hall with room for 500 to take in some of the latest hits from national touring artists including Isaiah Rashad to more traditional bands and locally sourced music.
THE TIVOLI THEATRE
The 1,762 person Tivoli Theatre is located in the downtown of America's Scenic City offers those who have grace its halls a once in a lifetime entertainment experience since it's opening in 1921. Over time the theatre eanred it's nickname, "The Jewel of the South" as Chattanooga's premier entertainment venue. During that time the Tivoli became a palce where people from all over the region would come to enjoy silent movies and Broadway shows. In 1973 the Tivoli was placed in the National Registry of Historic Places, impressing it's name and storied history into the books for forever. Currently the Tivoli serves as the home of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association as well as a destination for artists like Bob Dylan and Gregg Allman among many others.
Pardon me boys and girls, have you heard of Chattanooga’s Track 29? There’s always going to be a certain party at the station at this rockin’ music venue located in the heart of downtown. Listen to musicians from all over the country put on their best performance in a concert space that is really suited to be the show of a lifetime. Track 29 has room for 1,800 patrons to enjoy world-class entertainment at this national landmark which has hosted artists ranging from The Avett Brothers to Juicy J.