Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Plum Krazy

John Stamos Coming? Scottie Wins Idol

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - by Bob Payne
Bob Payne
Bob Payne
- photo by John Stamos

Here is a fun band – Plum Krazy. (Yes, I spelled it wrong, but that is their name) Seven guys make up the band, with a lead vocalist, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, co-lead guitarist, and a drummer. As I said, they were fun, playing some real oldies that most bands just don’t play. They even play some surfer type songs from the sixties.

Sugar’s BBQ downtown hosted them a couple weeks ago, and the crowd there seemed to really enjoy them. A couple of them are retired TVA employees too, so if you need a discount on your electric bill, they can hook you up, I’m sure. Cliff Crownover, Steve Moon, Jan Rodriguez, Jack Babb, Michael White, Tony Socarras, and Daniel Hixon make up Plum Krazy. For more info on them just click here or or here.

Well, American Idol has completed its tenth season and our local songbird, Lauren Alaina, finished as runner-up. The real fact is that Lauren is a winner, and she will go far in her musical career. As has been the case in all but 3 Idol’s, the winner was a southerner, proving once again that we rock down here in the land of biscuits and gravy. I feel good about this season, as it continued my 8 year streak of picking a finalist from the top 40. (Scotty)

We have another star in the making, too. Simon Cowell’s new TV show, X Factor, recently held try-outs for the inaugural season and Janella Hayes was the female winner in the preliminary round. She was flown to Dallas yesterday by the producers of the show and is in the next round right now, as we speak. She is the lead singer for the band Black Cat Moon and will be appearing with the Chattanooga All-Star Band at Riverbend on June 18.

Nightfall continues this Friday, with Elizabeth and the Catapult as headliners and The Culprits opening. Nightfall is a free concert and starts at 7 p.m. It is located at Miller Plaza at the corner of MLK and Market Street. Want the entire schedule for Nightfall this year? Well, then, just click here.

Late breaking rumor…John Stamos has confirmed for the Beach Boys show at Riverbend. He will be playing in the band, and you heard it here first. Pins for Riverbend are on sale at all area Kangaroo stores and cost just $30 for the entire nine days. For more information on Riverbend, just click here. Some reserved Star Seats are still available for The Machine & CSO performance of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon on Sunday night, as well as Brian McKnight on Thursday. This gives you a guaranteed seat, right in front of the Coke Stage. It’s an excellent place to watch the show. A few remain for the fireworks night, too. This is a great viewing area for fireworks and this year I hear there may just be a surprise in store for the evening. As always, you heard it here first. Call 756-2211 for Star Seating and reserve your spot.

Speaking of Riverbend, it’s just a couple weeks before my highly read and critically acclaimed series on the festival begins. I’ll start off with my Riverbend Survival Kit and report daily during Riverbend, as well as my report card, following the festival. Look for it soon and tell all of your friends, enemies, neighbors and co-workers to read it please. All of them. Really.

Check out Big Daddy Bam Bam Wade’s great website with schedules and venue info at this place. Give it a try and check back often.

Bob’s Pick-O-The-Week is the Soul Rebels Brass Band, appearing at Rhythm & Brews next Wednesday.

Bob’s Pick-O-The Weekend is No Big Deal, playing at the new Jefferson’s downtown. For long-time residents of Chattanooga, this is where the Brass Register used to be. It’s great they have decided to have live music at this historic location.

Live in Chattanooga!

Thursday, May 26
Memorial Auditorium – Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers
Snookers – Jerry Fordham
JJ’s Bohemia – Rat Babies, Subterranean Cirqus, Neon Viking Funeral, Secret Guilt, Slow Head
Fox & the Hound – Battle Of The Bands
Market Street Tavern – Blues Night, with Rick Rushing
The Palms At Hamilton – Jimmy Harris, Crossfire
Rhythm & Brews – The Gist
The Office – Troy Underwood
Spectaters – Blake Morrison
Tremont Tavern – Jack Corey

Friday, May 27
Nightfall – Elizabeth & The Catapult, The Culprits
Tremont Tavern – Slim Pickins
T-Bones – Muddy Mule
Rock City – New Binkley Brothers
Bud’s Sportsbar – Power Players Show Band
The Social – Rick Rushing & The Blues Strangers
Spectater’s – Sweet n Lowdown
North Cat Chatt – Flibberty Gibbett
Sugar’s Downtown – Live Music
Magoo’s – Husky Burnette
The Foundry – Blue Grass
Rhythm & Brews – Erick Baker, Jordan Hallquist, Matthew Mayfield
The Palms- Jimmy Harris, Dana Rogers
Southside Saloon – Steff Mahan
Market Street Tavern – Michelle Young & Pontiac Blue
Acoustic Café Ringgold – Casey Adams
JJ’s Bohemia – The Woes, Frontier Ruckus

Saturday, May 28
Barking Legs Theater – Gyan Riley, Shane Perlowin
Charles and Myrtles Coffee House – Jon Brooks
Chattanooga River Market – Sweet Georgia Sound
Jefferson’s – No Big Deal
Delta Queen Hotel – Slim Pickins
The Foundry – Gentlemen Jazz Quartet
Rock City – New Binkley Brothers
Backstage Lounge – Flibberty Gibbett
McHale’s Brewhouse – A.J Valcarcel’s Bitter Lesson
Market Street Tavern – Live Music
Sugar’s BBQ – Live Music
Snookers – Crossfire
T-Bones – TBA
Tremont Tavern – Dry Mill Road
Acoustic Café Ringgold – Robby Hopkins Band
Rhythm & Brews – Space Capone, The Holysmokes
Bud’s Sportsbar – Power Players Show Band
The Warehouse – Everybody Loves A Hero, Wideyed Aze, My Friend The Captain, In The Era, Gears Of Insanity
The Palms – Jimmy Harris, Dana Rogers
Southside Saloon – Timberwolf
JJ’s Bohemia – Bohannons, Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires

Sunday, May 29
Chattanooga Market – Rigney Family Bluegrass, Stratoblasters, Dark Hollow Band
Chattanooga Choo-Choo – Glen Miller Orchestra
Rhythm & Brews – Abbey Road
Delta Queen – The Beaters
Rock City – New Binkley Brothers
JJ’s Bohemia – Broad Awake, Lazar Lazar, Josh Gilbert
Honest Pint – Dave Dykes & The Grateful Hearts
Tremont Tavern – Irish Sessions Music

Mon, May 30
Market Street Tavern – Old Tyme Players
The Palms – Monday Night Big Band
The Camp House – Blues Night with Lon Eldridge

Tues, May 31

Rhythm & Brews- Ryan Bingham and The Dead Horses, The Americans, Liam Garner
Tremont Tavern – Open Mike w/ Mike McDade
JJ’s Bohemia – Andy D, Wintersounds

Wed, June 1
Las Margaritas Riverview – Priscilla and Little Rickee
Market Street Tavern – Ben Friberg Trio
Bud’s Sportsbar – Blake Morrison
Rhythm & Brews – Soul Rebels Brass Band
The Palms – Jimmy Harris, Prime Cut Trio
The Warehouse – Spoken, Canines, Red Letter Disciple

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