Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Debi D Adds Class To Local Music Scene

Friday, December 7, 2012 - by Bob Payne & Patsy Seaton
Patsy Seaton
Patsy Seaton

I have never been one to follow directions well, so I tend to end up in East Lansing, Michigan instead of my original destination of Palm Beach, Florida on occasion. The barbeque grill I assembled looked more like a bicycle than a grill, but real men don’t follow directions, and besides that, a spare bicycle isn’t a bad thing, especially one with a propane tank attached to the back wheel.

I set out to see local entertainers Debi D and Marquis Dotson play at Poblano’s on the North Shore and was all fired up to hear some great music on a recent Saturday night. Debi is one of my favorite singers and certainly one of the cutest anywhere in this state. She even sang at my birthday party a couple of times, and I feel lucky just to know her. I don’t know Marquis Dotson, her regular co-performer, but knowing Debi, he has to be good. The only problem was that they play on Friday nights.

Next thing you know, it’s vacation time and I still haven’t had a chance to see them perform. Enter my posse. That’s right, like all big time stars, I have a posse and when I am unable to fulfill my duties, they step up and do the job for me. This time, my relief writer was the lovely Patsy Seaton.  Here is her account –

November 10. 2012 I have made plans to go to Poblano's and listen to an acoustic jazz show starring Debi D & Marquis Dotson.  I got off on a shaky start.  I was to leave my day job at 4:15 pm, but didn't make my escape until 5 pm. Traffic was at a stand still. I arrived half way through the second set, and there are only three sets. You get the picture. I parked my car on River Street and as I am walking to the restaurant, I hear this amazing voice...a male voice. Now, I am thinking this is not Debi D.  (Good call, Patsy!) As it turns out, Marquis, Debi’s regular co-performer, was in the hospital. The guest artist was David Anthony. The change did nothing to diminish the crowd or their response to the sultry jazz vocals of my favorite local diva, Debi D. performing the old jazz standards of Billie Holiday, Etta James, and one of my all time favorites Oleta Adams. I also enjoyed their take on an old Journey song, Who's Crying Now. 

So, if you're looking for a happy hour on a Friday evening, we welcome you to come to Poblano's.  They have great food and great Jazz music.  The party starts at 5 p.m. and there is no cover charge, it is non- smoking, and child friendly. You will not be disappointed. Poblano’s is located on River Street in North Chattanooga. Turn by the North Cat Chatt like you are going into Coolidge Park. Take the first left onto River Street and it’s right up there on the left.

Thanks to my friend Patsy for the review and it proves that I am not the only one that loves Debi D’s voice! As for her substitute partner David Anthony – well, I already knew David and there is a reason why he was the 2011 Male Vocalist of the Year recipient here in Chattanooga. What an incredible pair they must make. David is lead singer in the Gentlemen Jazz Quartet and also in the Malemen Band. He is a super-talented keyboard player and has the best smile of any performer in the history of music. Debi D appears at Poblano’s each and every Friday night. The word on the street is that David Anthony will be there with Debi D again tonight!

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.

For local music info, try or They both have great local music info and schedules. For whlocal info on Country music, try Jim Boles’ site

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