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

 

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YOUR WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE

 

Monday, Sept. 18

 

Tuesday, Sept. 19

 

Wednesday, Sept. 20



Thursday, Sept. 21

 

Friday, Sept. 22

 

​Saturday, Sept. 23

 

Sunday, Sept. 17

See our Nightlife section. 

 

Check our Live Music Events Calendar.

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DON'T MISS THESE HUGE UPCOMING CONCERTS


9/22: Band of Horses, Tivoli Theatre
9/30: Abbey Road Live: A Beatles Tribute, Revelry Room
10/4: Kansas, Tivoli Theatre
10/5: Bands On The Bluff: Blues/Bluegrass/Bourbon & Brews, Hunter Art Museum
10/14: Drivin N' Cryin, Revelry Room
10/21: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers, Revelry Room
10/21: Willie Nelson & Dwight Yoakam, Tivoli Theatre
10/27: The Sound of Music, Tivoli Theatre
 

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UPCOMING FESTIVALS & EVENTS


 

Bessie Smith Lawn






Levitt AMP Music Series
The Lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, August 24th - October 26th
Get ready, Chattanooga. This fall, there’s a brand new concert series coming to town, the Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series. Ten weeks of free, live music on the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center featuring local, regional and national talent. August 24-October 26, 5:30-8:30pm.
 

CRR






Chattanooga RiverRocks Festival
Chattanooga's month-long RiverRocks festival is filled with dozens of events that stick to 3 main objectives: 1. Get Out, 2. Get Fit, and 3. Have Fun. The festival brings both amateur and world-class athletes to Chattanooga, but it’s not just about competition. You'll find plenty of opportunities to try new adventures, enjoy great music, and take advantage of the city's incredible outdoor spaces. Whether you enjoy trail running, hiking, cycling, paddling, or climbing, you'll find plenty of opportunities to participate this October.
 

HIP HOP






Chattanooga Hip-Hop Festival
Revelry Room, November 18th
Chattanooga's blossoming hip-hop scene will be on display as the area's most talented performers take the stage! In addition to performances, attendees will be able to learn the basics of being a DJ, or some cool moves at hip-hop dance lessons! There will truly be something for everyone at this years festival, and don't be surprised if you happen to see a rap or dance battle break out right in front of your eyes!

 


 

See all Festivals here.

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NEW WALKER THEATRE AT MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
Walker Theatre
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.

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CHATTANOOGA WINS GRANT TO PRESENT THE 2017 LEVITT AMP MUSIC SERIES
Levitt

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 the lineup here.

 

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SONGBIRDS GUITAR MUSEUM - NOW OPEN!

Songbirds

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. 
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MUSIC VENUES

Revelry RoomWhether 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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FAMOUS CHATTANOOGA MUSICIANS

UsherChattanooga 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.

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BROADWAY AT THE TIVOLI
Broadway

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

The complete 2017-2018 Broadway at the Tivoli Theatre season is as follows:

Annie: May 2 & 3, 2017
The Sound of Music: October 27-28, 2017
Kinky Boots: December 12-14, 2017
Cinderella: January 26-28, 2018
Jersey Boys: March 9-11, 2018
Motown The Musical: April 17-19, 2018
Stomp: May 11-12, 2018


Read more information here.

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RESTAURANTS WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Resteraunts

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.

 

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CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA: 2016/2017 SEASON
CSO

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.

 

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STRING THEORY: 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.


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JOHN HAMM PERFORMING ARTS SERIES: 2016/2017
John Hamm

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.

 


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PATTEN PERFORMANCES AT UTC FINE ARTS CENTER: 2016/2017 SEASON 

Patten

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. 

 

 

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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.