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, September 13, we welcome Kevin Whalum and special guest Wendy Moten to Chattanooga! Renowned vocalist and younger brother of GRAMMY-winning jazz saxman Kirk Whalum, Kevin Whalum’s joyful jazz and R&B tunes are sure delight audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Whalum grew up in Memphis, Tenn., the son of Rev. Kenneth T. Whalum, the pastor of Olivet Baptist Church. The resounding melodies of the church formed the foundation for young Whalum’s love of music. After graduating from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a degree in English, Whalum made the move to Chicago to pursue a career as a musician. Working as a pharmaceutical sales representative by day, he formed a jazz-funk group called Kevin Whalum & Fast forward and quickly became a favorite fixture in the windy city’s live music scene. After six years of rising through Chicago’s musical ranks, Whalum married his wife Camille in 1996 and moved to Nashville, Tenn., and appeared as a guest vocalist on his brother Kirk’s groundbreaking 1997 album The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter 1. Only a few years later, Whalum made the plunge and became a full-time musician, releasing his soul, gospel, and jazz infused debut Timetable in 2002 to critical acclaim.
Admission is FREE!
Food and beverage vendors on site.
Family-friendly. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.
For more information, visit: http://concerts.levittamp.org/chattanooga.