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.
Discover Chattanooga Music on Spotify.
Lonely Planet recently named Chattanooga in its Top 10 U.S. travel destinations for 2018. They also created a Spotify playlist highlighting some of the best artists to come out of the Scenic City. From Bessie Smith to Clyde Stubblefield to Angel Snow to Kane Brown, enjoy the soulful sounds and wild country of #CHAmusic. Click here to access"Chattanooga, A Playlist by Lonely Planet" on Spotify.
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
Check out our events calendar to see a list of music events happening in Chattanooga!
RIVERBEND MUSIC FESTIVAL, MAY 28 - JUNE 1, 2019
The Riverbend Festival has been one of Chattanooga’s signature events for 37 years, drawing an annual crowd of nearly 650,000. The festival is held at Ross’s Landing on the beautiful downtown riverfront. Headline performers are featured on the Coca-Cola Stage, a barge that’s been converted into a full concert stage. The barge floats just off shore against a large collection of amphitheater seats built into a hillside at the water’s edge.
The 2019 lineup includes:
- Wednesday, May 29: Weezer
- Thursday, May 30: Lionel Richie
- Friday, May 31: Keith Urban
- Saturday, June 1: Macklemore
Other performers include Old Crow Medicine Show, The War and Treaty, Mitch Rossell, Larkin Poe, and more!
Buy your tickets today.
TENNESSEE MUSIC PATHWAYS
From north, south, east, to west, Tennessee is a state with a strong music heritage. Whether you like country, rock, soul, blues, bluegrass, R&B, or jazz, there is a music experience for every type of music lover spanning the entire state. That's why the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development created the Tennessee Music Pathways project, an initiative that connects the traveler to the rich music history of Tennessee through people, places and genres that make Tennessee the Soundtrack of America.
THE BLUEBIRD CAFE & TENNESSEE TOURISM TO HOST OPEN MIC NIGHTS ACROSS THE STATE CELEBRATING TENNESSEE
Did you know the last week of February has been officially declared Tennessee Songwriters Week? The The Bluebird Cafe’s long-time open mic night host, songwriter Barbara Cloyd will host a string of open mic nights in Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Johnson City. A panel of local judges will select the top songwriter from each event. Those four winners will convene at The Bluebird Cafe on Sunday, March 31, 2019 during Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival to perform before an audience that includes music publishing professionals. The event will take place in Chattanooga at The Camp House on February 21, 2019. Sign-ups for songwriters participating in the Open Mic Nights will begin in January. For more information as it becomes available, visit tennesseesongwritersweek.com. #CHAmusic #MadeinTN #SoundtrackofAmerica
CHATTANOOGA WINS GRANT FOR THE THIRD YEAR TO PRESENT THE LEVITT AMP CHATTANOOGA MUSIC SERIES
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation named Chattanooga, Tennessee as one of 15 small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to win a Levitt AMP Grant Award of $25K in matching funds to present a free concert series on the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Jazzanooga submitted its Levitt AMP proposal and will oversee the production and talent booking for the series. Jazzanooga is partnering with the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, and the City’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. Read more here.
WALKER THEATRE AT MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
Chattanooga’s historic Walker Theatre at Memorial Auditorium is back and better than ever! In addition to the renovations, Walker Theatre is proud to announce a fun and exciting lineup of programming coming this fall! Check out the lineup.
Songbirds is a guitar-oriented, pop culture experience for the whole family. Explore the collection of over 500 rare, vintage guitars and experience American history as you walk through the revolving exhibits on the campus of the world-famous Chattanooga Choo Choo. Enjoy live music on the North and South Stages that both provide a unique experience for live music enthusiasts on Chattanooga’s Southside. Songbirds North Stage, located upstairs, currently accommodates 200 seated visitors in an intimate setting surrounded by hundreds of vintage guitars. The South Stage, located downstairs, has standing room for up to 500 guests and an incredible new sound system.
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.
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.
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.