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A male musician plays acoustic guitar at Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga Comes to Life with Live Music

Its collective music scene is not defined by one genre; rather it is a diverse experience for all.

Between its dynamic entertainment venues, lively restaurants and bustling festivals, Chattanooga has 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.

Tivoli Theatre

The city boasts an impressive lineup of music venues, including the historic Tivoli Theatre, where you can see national headliners perform such as Ben Folds and The Avett Brothers.

The Camp House

The Camp House blends food and music so well, it's been a local hotspot in Chattanooga. Currently, The Camp House is developing "Camp House 3.0 with Friar Tuck's," a local restaurant which will open in April 2020.  The cafe will turn into a coveted dinner spot along with an event space and live music venue. Bring your friends and family to savor a beautiful meal then catch a show put on by local and regional bands. 

The Foundry

At The Foundry, you'll find live music from acts across the region in an intimate setting. Located inside The Chattanoogan, one of the city's luxury hotels, you'll enjoy the upscale lounge atmosphere, complimented with crafted cocktails and good food.

Songbirds Foundation

Songbirds Guitar & Pop Culture Museum brings the music history of the guitar to Chattanooga's Southside District. In addition to interactive, hands-on exhibits that dive into the history behind the guitar and legendary artists who played them, Songbirds also hosts concerts of local regional artists. Molly Tuttle, Erick Baker, Paul Thorn Band and Scott Miller are just some of the artists you can expect to see at Songbirds. Don't miss the Tennessee Songwriters Week Showcase event at Songbirds Foundation Feb. 21, 2023 where songwriters from across the nation will sing their songs for a chance to perform at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

St. John's Meeting Place

Step into the warm red glow of St. John's Meeting Place on Thursday nights 6-9 p.m. when the restaurant is filled with jazz music. Tap your feet to the beat and dine on small plates of warm roasted beets, goat cheese fritters and roasted pork belly. Order entrees ranging from Wagyu beef flat iron steaks to spaghetti and meatballs and burgers and fries. 

Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant

Start your weekend off right by heading to Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant in downtown Chattanooga. On Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 8:30 p.m., you'll hear some great local music. Get there early to snag a booth or table as it's a hopping spot. Barbecue platters of pulled pork, chicken or brisket, cherry wood-smoked baby back ribs, southern fried chicken and shrimp and grits will make your night perfect. 

HiFi Clyde's

Local and regional musicians rock out Fridays and Saturdays at HiFi Clyde's, a restaurant and live music venue. Make a night of it by ordering up wings, ribs, brisket and crafted cocktails. 

Flying Squirrel

Enjoy brunch and tunes.
Photo Credit: @squirrelbar

Get a musical start to your day with brunch 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Flying Squirrel. Live music is featured each week with local bands and touring acts. Groove to the music while enjoying breakfast burritos, falafel sandwiches, chicken and waffles and cocktails like Bloody Mary's, sparkling mimosas and more.

The Feed Co. Table & Tavern

Friday nights just got even better with Live Music Fridays 9-11 p.m. at the FEED Co. Table and Tavern. These free shows are a great way to sample the local music talent of the city. The restaurant serves up farm fresh cuisine with more than 32 rotating craft beer selections. Enjoy the largest outdoor patio in Chattanooga and their cool arcade area.

Rock City

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.

Chattanooga's music festivals

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; and 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival, a free bluegrass festival, named one of the top five bluegrass festivals in the country by Great American Country.

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