Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Live Music! A Wonderful Christmas Present

Friday, December 21, 2012 - by Bob Payne
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- photo by Mrs. Claus

Often, folks say they have a hard time buying a Christmas present for a loved one or a friend. What do you get someone that has everything? What do you get for someone that will always be appropriate and fun? Well, there is a present that is almost always sure to please anyone – live music. That’s right friends, why not take a friend or loved one out to hear some good live music? It’s hard to go wrong with that one.

Many of Chattanooga’s live music venues feature some great music this time of year. I’ll even give you some suggestions for fun, right here in this column. Plus, it will give you a nice break from all the holiday wrapping, shopping, cooking, and other activities. And don’t forget to thank your favorite musician for a good time – throw a few bucks in the tip jar, or buy a CD from them.

Here are some good suggestions for a nice break and a good time – Take a little trip downtown and try out the Foundry Lounge at the Chattanoogan Hotel. Priscilla and Little Rickee are playing both weekend nights and are a fun time every time. While you are downtown, you can try Sugar’s Ribs, featuring Southlander on both nights. If you are nice, I bet you can even get drummer Mark Herndon’s autograph. Mark was the drummer for super-group Alabama for many years.  Over at Rhythm & Brews, Strung Like A Horse, with Deep Machine, plays Friday night. On Saturday night, one of my favorites, Yacht Rock Schooner plays.

Bud’s Sportsbar features the Fried Chicken Trio on Friday and Saturday night. Nathan Farrow will appear at T-Bones at Chestnut & Main St. Chattanooga Music Hall of Famer Roger Alan Wade appears at the Ringgold Acoustic Café on Friday night. The Casey Adams Band plays there on Saturday night.

Out at Bart’s Lakeshore, Crossfire is live on Friday night. My friend Husky Burnette is at Jack A’s Chop Shop on Ashland Terrace Friday Night. You want to stay close to Cleveland? Try the Hillbilly Sins at Pokey’s.

After the big Christmas day fun, head out to Bud’s Sportsbar for some great food and fantastic music, as some of the best musicians in this town entertain you. That’s right – Sweet n Lowdown will be playing on Christmas night and they come with my highest recommendation.

How about me? Well, I’ll probably stick close to home and go see Roger Alan Wade at the Acoustic Café. He is always entertaining and is a treasure in our area. Tuesday night, I will probably catch the super-talented Sweet N Lowdown. See you there!

There is live music in every corner of this great city – tonight, tomorrow and every night! Go out and have a great meal, appetizer, or a drink and have a great time supporting our hard working local musicians. Your support is what keeps music alive in Chattanooga. Without your support, the silence will be deafening.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

For local music info, try www.chattanoogaentertainers.com or www.chattanooganightscope.com. They both have great local music info and schedules. For whlocal info on Country music, try Jim Boles’ site www.chattacountry.ning.com.

Email Bob Payne at davrik2000@yahoo.com or catch him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/davrik2000 .


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