Live Music: The Local Chattanooga Scene

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Live Music: The Local Chattanooga Scene

The music from artists that make you smile, the music that causes you to re-live that moment when you heard that song for the first time, and the music you would never admit that you liked but still hum along to in the car….where do I like to see it in Chattanooga?

Personally, I am not a large music venue fan. I want to be up and moving around. That being said, I don’t mind making new friends but I do not want to be trapped in a seat listening to music with them. With that in mind, here are some great Chattanooga spots to catch a show.The NightFall Summer Concert series happens in downtown Chattanooga’s Miller Park and it is a great way to spend a Friday evening. This FREE event starts at 7 pm and showcases two different bands for great music. You will also find food trucks and adult beverage vendors. And the people watching is always entertaining. Seating is limited, so bring a chair…and your pup because this is a dog friendly place. Fridays through August 31.

The Riverfront Nights Summer Concert series (pictured above) is also in downtown Chattanooga at Ross’ Landing. This is the place to be on a Saturday evening. This FREE event also showcases two bands and is family friendly. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and plan to enjoy the show by the river. Food and beverage vendors will be there as well. Saturdays through August 18.

I would have to say that Songbirds is my favorite venue for live music. I love the intimacy and the ability to move around within this location and I really enjoy walking into the space  and recognizing the same group of folks, from security to bartenders. Their consistent and attentive staff is amazing.

Songbirds has hosted some great shows. From The Wood Brothers and Steep Canyon Rangers to Markus King and Rhiannan Giddens, plus the bands who are just making a start in the music industry. The sound system is new and improved, which makes this venue even more enjoyable. The tickets are relatively inexpensive and with that  pricing you really do not feel obligated to stay for an entire show if the music is not to your taste.  During the daylight hours, the Songbirds Guitar Musuem is open for viewing a historic collection of guitars. I guarantee you will not be disappointed! Here are some other great  location choices:

Barking Legs Theater and Performance Hall
Very small and intimate setting, holds around 80 people
(423) 624-5347 

The Camp House
Small and intimate, holds around 100+
(423) 702-8081

Hi Fi Clyde’s
Pictured above
Bar setting, mid size capacity
(423) 362-8335 

The Tivoli Theater, The Walker Theater and Memorial Auditorium
Three Historic Restored Theaters for larger venues
The Tivoli is pictured above
(435) 757-5580 

The Signal
Larger Venue…Catch Strung Like a Horse on August 10
(423) 498-4700 

 So come hear some great music and join me for a beverage or two. I will be the one with a big smile on my face waiting for my show to start!