Chattanooga, Are You Ready? It's BACK!
The Levitt AMP CHA Music Series returns for a second year to invigorate the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center in the historic Martin Luther King district, once again shining a light on the area’s renowned musical heritage and building upon the momentum of the past year to solidify its position as a thriving cultural destination.
On Thursday, October 4, we welcome Deaconbluz and the Holy Smoke Band. Self-described as “An organic public intellectual bluesologist,” Chattanooga, Tenn.,-native Deaconbluz and his Holysmoke Band’s lively take on traditional blues dance music will have you dancing the night away with loved ones, friends and neighbors. Together they’ve delighted audiences with their eclectic fusion of gritty blues, upbeat zydeco to old school R&B, since 1997. Growing up, Clark “Deaconbluz” White was encouraged by his family to share his love of music, making his first televised musical performance at the tender age of five when he sang “The Yellow Rose of Texas” clad in a cowboy outfit at Chattanooga’s WDEF studios. Throughout this childhood, his highly-educated parents stressed the importance of higher learning which inspired him to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta and later to earn his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, as well as pursuing post-doctoral work at Harvard University. All the while, Dr. White says he “always knew that from an early age that music, in some form or fashion, would play a vital role in [his] life.” Over time, he found blues to be a vehicle to share his love of music while exploring his African American heritage. “This is why I do the blues, because it is the soundtrack of the American experience…” he explained in an interview with The Pulse, “To teach you about the blues, I have to teach you about the history of black working class people, the life of the black slave, the black royal peasant, the black early industrial proletariat worker, and the present unemployed, marginalized group of black youth in this country. The blues is nothing but the facts of life.” Together with the Holysmoke Band, Dr. White “Deaconbluz” White takes listeners on a vivid journey across American history featuring raw guitar riffs, powerful vocals and vibrant rhythms that are guaranteed to get you dancing.
Admission is FREE!
Food and beverage vendors on site.
Bring lawn chairs and blankets.
For more information, visit: http://concerts.levittamp.org/chattanooga.