Between its dynamic entertainment venues, lively restaurants and bustling festivals, Southeast Tennessee’s Chattanooga is experiencing a music renaissance, featuring incredible live music on any given night. Its collective music scene is not defined by one genre; rather it is a diverse experience for all.
A coffee house by day, The Camp House features live performances by night
The city boasts an impressive lineup of music venues, including the historic Tivoli Theatre and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, where you can see national headliners perform, such as Ben Folds and The Avett Brothers. The Camp House, a coffee shop by day, turns into a music venue by night. If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path, JJ’s Bohemia, a locals’ favorite dive bar, features progressive rock acts, and Barking Legs Theater is known for its innovative live music and dance performances.
Nightfall is free Friday night music series in Miller Plaza from May-September
Not only does Chattanooga offer a diverse selection of music venues – its various neighborhoods come alive through each district’s restaurants and attractions that regularly feature live entertainment.
Favorite spots include: Thursday Night Jazz at Meeting Place, singer/songwriter performances at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, late-night bands at HiFi Clyde’s and The Foundry, Sunday brunch and live music at the Flying Squirrel, and Thursday night bluegrass at The Feed Co. Table & Tavern.
Venture up to Rock City, not only for the view, but also for Summer Music Weekends featuring toe-tapping old-time bluegrass and country music. Or visit the weekly Chattanooga Market, held at the First Tennessee Pavilion, where you can buy local produce and handmade crafts, as well as listen to some great live music while you shop.
Jazzanooga Arts Space is the ultimate listening room for intimate jazz and soul performances
Chattanooga’s annual festivals include: Riverbend, an internationally award-winning eight-day music festival on the waterfront; Nightfall, a free Friday night music series from May to the end of August; Riverfront Nights, offering great music on the waterfront on Saturday nights in August and early September; 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival, a free bluegrass festival, named one of the top five bluegrass festivals in the country by Great American Country; and Chattanooga Film Festival, the premiere destination in the Southeast to see independent film in April.
JJ's Bohemia is Chattanooga's favorite little music venue, featuring artists of all genres
Recently opened on the Chattanooga Choo Choo campus, Songbirds, a one-of-a-kind guitar museum featuring hundreds of vintage guitars, some previously owned by famous players, and other rare pieces that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Head to the Foundry for delicious food and live music
Noon Tunes is a weekly, mid-day music performance in Miller Plaza
Pints and Pedals is Chattanooga's ultimate pub crawl on wheels
Relax and enjoy the view at the Hunter Museum's All American Series featuring local musicians
Three Sisters Bluegrass Festival has contemporary and traditional bluegrass on the waterfront