For a city of its size, Chattanooga has a lot happening in the live music scene. Our largest music event is the 9-day Riverbend Music Festival which takes place along the riverfront in June and draws as many as 100,000 people on the more popular nights. Chattanooga also offers weekly events and smaller music venues that shouldn't be missed if you enjoy live music. Below are some of the most notable live music happening in Chattanooga.
Weekly Music Events (Seasonal)
Nightfall Concert Series is a FREE sumertime concert series that takes place each Friday night in Miller Plaza - just a few blocks from Stonefort Inn (May 11 - Sept 7 in the 2012 season). Headlining acts begin at 8pm with local opening acts starting at 7pm. Enjoy great live music, food and an ice cold beer at the corner of Market Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard starting at 7pm and going until 10pm. View Lineup.
"Riverfront Nights" are FREE Saturday night shows (August - mid-Sept) that bring an eclectic lineup of electrifying performers to the region's softest and coolest "dance floor", just a step upstream from the public pier on our famous 21st Century Waterfront in downtown Chattanooga. The event focuses on local people and institutions who promote healthy lifestyles, sustainable development/business practices and, of course, an intense love of outdoor, adrenaline producing recreation...widely considered to be the three legged stool that's given our town a step-up and over our neighboring municipalities around the southeast. Doors open and beer sales begin at 6:30pm. Local opening bands start around 7pm and headliners kick into high gear promptly at 8pm and play till 10-ish. View Lineup.
The Chattanooga Market features live music each Sunday at the First Tennessee Pavillion (May - Dec). This was voted one of "America's Best Public Markets) according to Frommer's. Browse the local artisans' and farmers' exhibits, and enjoy local food and drink - all the while listening to live music. The market hours are typicallyy 11a - 4p, with live music playing from 12:30 - 3pm. View schedule.
Upcoming Music Festivals
Southern Brewers Festival - August 25th, 2pm - midnight, Riverfront downtown Chattanooga - featuring Chuck Leavell, Perpetual Groove and Drive-by Truckers (to name a few...) in addition to beers from over 30 breweries. More info.
3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival - October 5, 6pm - 10pm - celebrates world class bluegrass in Chattanooga for FREE! This year's Friday lineup includes Dismembered Tennesseans, Blue Highway, Daily & Vincent and close your evening with the mighty sounds of Yonder Mountain String Band, oneof Bluegrass' hottest bands and a first time performance in our area. More info.
Local Music Venues
Track 29 - located in the Southside, this mid-sized music venue can accomodate up to 2000 people and has hosted the best of our local musicians and nationally-known artists such as Lucinda Williams and The Avett Brothers. View Lineup.
Rythym & Brews is a smaller venue (up to 450 capacity) that features up & coming bands. View Lineup.
J.J. Bohemia also features live music on a regular basis. View Lineup.
Barking Legs Theater - one of our favorites with a capacity of approx. 150 people - is one of the best intimate live music settings for miles. View Lineup.
Chattanooga Onstage works to bring great music and entertainment to Memorial Auditorium and the Tivoli Theater. View Lineup.
Chattanooga Symphony and Opera
Chattanooga Symphony and Opera is a combined symphony orchestra and opera company in Chattanooga. Opening night is September 22nd, and throughout the season the events feature world-class musicians. They CSO occassionaly has special performances such as July 28th when they play with the Indigo Girls. Most events are held at the historic Tivoli Theater. View Schedule.