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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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...
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
YOUR WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE
Monday, March 20
Tuesday, March 21
- Bill McCallie and InCahoots, Southern Belle Riverboat, 6:30-9:30pm
- Open Mic Night, Tremont Tavern, 9pm
- Brit Floyd; Immersion World Tour, Memorial Auditorium, 7-10pm
Wednesday, March 22
- Wednesday Night Jazz in the Lounge at Barking Legs Theater, 8-10pm
- “Hump Day Wednesday” with R.A. and the Flames at the Office (City Café), 9pm
- The Prime Cut Trio at the Palms at Hamilton, 9pm
- Live Music Wednesdays at the Waterside Lounge, 6-9pm
- Conor Oberst, Track 29, 8pm
- Martin Barre Band, Revelry Room, 7-10pm
Thursday, March 23
- Thursday Night Jazz at the Meeting Place at St. John’s, 6-9pm
- Live Bluegrass Music at Whole Foods Market, 6:30-8:30pm
- Bluegrass Thursdays at Feed Co Table and Tavern, 7:30pm
Friday, March 24
- Priscilla and Lil Rickee at the Foundry, 8:30pm-12:30am
- The Mountain Opry on Signal Mountain, 8-11pm
- "Live Music Fridays" at Feed Co. Table and Tavern, 9pm
- "All Play and No Work" Funk Fridays at The Office at City Cafe, 9pm-12am
- Emily Robinson, Puckett's, 9-10:30pm
- Focus Fox, Ziggy's, 9pm-12am
- Gaslight Street, Clyde's, 8pm
- The Nitecap Series ft. Dana Rogers, Jazzanooga Arts Space, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 25
- Instant Replay, The Foundry, 8:30pm-12:30am
- Jimmy Harris, Coconut Room, 7pm
- Abbey Road Live, Revelry Room, 9-11pm
- Road To Nightfall, The Granfalloon, 8-11pm
- 4 Daze Dead, Ziggy's, 9pm-12am
- Jon Scott, Puckett's, 9-10:30pm
- Donna Hopkins Band, Clyde's, 8pm
Sunday, March 26
See our Nightlife section.
Check our Live Music Events Calendar.
DON'T MISS THESE HUGE UPCOMING CONCERTS
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
06/09: Gregg Allman, Tivoli Theatre
06/09-17: Riverbend Music Festival feat. Toby Keith and many more! Buy tickets
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.
First Tennessee Pavilion, Apr. 21-23
Recognized by the New York Times, the 4 Bridges Arts Festival™ attracts nearly 12,000 visitors every year interested in original fine art and craft made by 150 artists from across the nation. Arts and crafts from painting and glasswork to textiles, sculptures, and more are exhibited. Enjoy live music, artisan food, and a Creative Kids Area with art projects from trained art educators.
Tennessee Whiskey Festival
First Tennessee Pavilion, May 20
The Tennessee Whiskey Festival was created with a passion to showcase our state’s craft spirits and the people who produce them. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample the best whiskey offered in Tennessee. This year they will also showcase craft distilled products from other regions so plan on tasting and comparing some of the best!
Chattanooga Latin Festival
Highland Park Commons, May 6
Latin Festival 2017 has the spirit of a Caribbean carnival with fun for all ages and backgrounds. The Festival features traditional folkloric dance and musical performances by local artists and regional performers, a parade of nations, authentic food court, pavilion of faith, Latino-American soccer tournament, visual artists’ showcase, a Hispanic Heritage Fashion Show and plenty of family fun!
See all Festivals here.
CHATTANOOGA WINS GRANT TO PRESENT THE 2017 LEVITT AMP MUSIC SERIES
Chattanooga 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 MUSEUM - OPENING MARCH 10, 2017!
Songbirds 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.
For 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.
FAMOUS CHATTANOOGA MUSICIANS
Chattanooga is a city with soul. Our music heritage spans over a century and includes some of the top names of the music industry both past and present. Here is a list of famous artists with Chattanooga roots.
BROADWAY AT THE TIVOLI
The 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:
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.
RESTAURANTS WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Chattanooga 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 & OPERA: 2016/2017 SEASON
The 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 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: 2016/2017
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.
PATTEN PERFORMANCES AT UTC FINE ARTS CENTER: 2016/2017 SEASON
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.
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.