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.
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, Nov. 20
- Monday Nite Big Band, The Palms at Hamilton, 7:30pm
- Open Mic Night, The Well, 8-10pm
- Open Mic Night, Fiddlers Anonymous, 7-10pm
- 20 Watt Tombstone/MPH, JJ's Bohemia, 8pm
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Wednesday, Nov. 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
- Open Mic Night, Comedy Catch, 7:30pm
- Times Free Press Music Wednesdays, Chattanooga Times Free Press Facebook Page, 12pm
- Toby Hewitt on the Back Porch at the Comedy Catch, 7-10pm
- Chattanoogan's Wine Down Wednesday, 5pm
Thursday, Nov. 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
- Jimmy Harris, The Palms, 7pm
- "Back Porch Blues" with Rick Rushing on the Back Porch of the Comedy Catch, 7-10pm
- Keepin' It Local Thursdays, The Social, 8-11pm
- Thanksgiving Feast at the Chattanoogan, 11am-4pm
- Thanksgiving Lunch & Dinner Cruise, Southern Bell, 11am & 5pm
- Shabti, Over Easy, JJ's Bohemia, 9pm
Friday, Nov. 24
- "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
- Music on the Mountain, Jim Oliver's Smoke house Restaurant, 6:30-10pm
- American Watermelon Live At Clyde's On Main, 9pm
- Cheer at the Pier, Chattanooga Cycleboats, 5-9pm
- Danimal Live At The Foundry Lounge, 7:30-11pm
- Puckett's Live Music Weekends ft. Courtney Holder, 9-10:30pm
- DDS/Deep Sleeze/Pale Rider, JJ's Bohemia
Saturday, Nov. 25
- Jimmy Harris, Coconut Room, 7pm
- Danimal Live At The Foundry Lounge, 7:30-11pm
- Jahman Brahman Live At Clyde's On Main, 9pm
- PeeWee Moore, Revelry Room, 9pm
- Puckett's Live Music Weekends ft. Gino Fanelli, 9-10:30pm
- Thanksgiving at the Zoo, Chattanooga Zoo, 9am-5pm
- Holiday Gobble Rock, Music Box @ Ziggy's, 9pm-12am
- M-dahts and Friends, JJ's Bohemia, 8pm
Sunday, Nov. 26
- Live Music and Sunday Brunch at the Flying Squirrel, 11am-2pm
- Feed Co. Table & Tavern Sunday Brunch, 10am
- Chattanoogan's Award-Winning Sunday Champagne Brunch, 11am-2pm
- Monthly Jazz Jam, Barking Legs Theater, 3pm
See our Nightlife section.
Check our Live Music Events Calendar.
DON'T MISS THESE HUGE UPCOMING CONCERTS
11/30: Scotty McCreery, Walker Theatre
12/4: Joe Bonamassa, Tivoli Theatre
12/11: NEEDTOBREATHE, Tivoli Theatre
12/12: Steve Earl & The Dukes, Walker Theatre
12/18: Jennifer Nettles, Tivoli Theatre
UPCOMING FESTIVALS & EVENTS
NEW 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.
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 the lineup here.
SONGBIRDS GUITAR MUSEUM
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.
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 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.
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: 2017/2018 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 2017/2018 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 2017/2018 season.
JOHN HAMM PERFORMING ARTS SERIES: 2017/2018
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 2017/2018 Season.
This year’s series keep with the tradition of presenting the highest quality artists available. This season includes performances from two world renowned theatre companies - Actors from the London Stage and LA Theatre Works from California. This season also includes the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, musical guests Mipso and The Malpass Brothers.
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.