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.
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. Track 29, located at the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo, is a world-class venue that features big names such as Jack White and Chris Stapleton. The Revelry Room, also located at the Choo Choo, is a more intimate venue, getting you closer to some of the best regional talent out there. 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.
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 Clyde’s on Main 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 hand-made crafts, as well as listen to some great live music while you shop.
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 early September; 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; Jazzanooga, a three-day festival in April bringing in national and international jazz headliners; and Chattanooga Film Festival, the premiere destination in the Southeast to see independent film in late March/early April.
Opening in Winter 2016 is 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. In 2016, Chattanooga participated in Make Music Day, a free celebration of music around the world on June 21. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional — poured onto streets, parks, plazas and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors and strangers.