Scenic City Roots, Live From Track 29 Music Series Starts March 7

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A new monthly concert series, Scenic City Roots, Live from Track 29, will be starting March 7. Each show will feature four acts, including one artist from Chattanooga. Shows are open to the public and tickets will be $10 each.

This news comes from Nashville’s Heng Dai Media producers Todd Mayo and John Walker. Heng Dai Media also produces the weekly Music City Roots series in Nashville. 

“Chattanooga is known best for its natural beauty and is quickly gaining a reputation as a technological hub as well as a home for great music,” explains Mr. Mayo. “We will look to export the natural beauty and music from in and around Chattanooga and the rest of the state through our wonderful promotional partners.”

The March 7 show will feature sets from WMT Blues Band, the SteelDrivers, JohnnySwim and St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

“We are very excited to team up with Heng Dai Media to present Scenic City Roots, Live from Track 29," said Monica Kinsey from Track 29. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for Track 29, but also to showcase Chattanooga and its talented local musicians.”

The two-hour show will be streamed in high definition online each month and will air on PBS stations throughout the state of Tennessee. “As the Tennessee Valley’s PBS station, we are excited to present this wonderful program showcasing the rich musical talent of our area,” said Paul Grove, president and CEO of WTCI. “It is a perfect fit with our mission to educate, engage, inspire and entertain.”

Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union has signed on early as a presenting sponsor. “As an advocate of our vibrant arts community, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union is thrilled to bring this exciting new concert series to Chattanooga,” added Jimmy Johnston, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union marketing manager. “At only $10 a show, it’s a fantastic way to enjoy some great music, at a great local venue.”

Scenic City Rotts is not Heng Dai’s first musical endeavor in Chattanooga. The team recently worked with RiverRocks event organizers to help produce the 2012 finale event, “Gig City Roots,” featuring Jason D. Williams, Chuck Mead and more. 

Although Scenic City and Music City are stand-alone shows, they share the strong common thread of reigniting music with purpose, while utilizing the old time radio format that cultivated some of Tennessee’s most legendary music careers.

Visit www.sceniccityroots.com for more information.

Dalton State Presents Pianist Jerico Vasquez In Concert Sept. 8

Dr. Jerico Vasquez will kick off Dalton State’s Concerts on Campus series with a free piano concert Monday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Goodroe Auditorium. Dr. Vasquez, artist in residence and coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Shorter University in Rome, has been called a pianist “of intelligent ardor and exceptionally clear and bright technique.” According to Dr. Ellie Jenkins, ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Selected For U.S. Navy Band's Tour Sept. 13

America's Navy is coming home to Chattanooga, one of 13 cities to host a performance by the United States Navy Band Country Current during its 2014 tour -- one of the Navy's signature outreach programs.  The United States Navy Band Country Current’s performance is scheduled for Sept. 13, 7 p.m. at the Soldier and Sailor Memorial Auditorium. Review for the United States ... (click for more)

Plan Revived For 5-Story Boutique Hotel Next To The Walnut Street Bridge

Plans have been revived for a five-story boutique hotel next to the Walnut Street Bridge. Vision Hospitality Group said the yet-to-be named hotel will provide 90 rooms featuring high-end amenities and exemplary service in the city's art district. Plans for a similar hotel were announced in 2012, but the proposal was later withdrawn. The hotel is slated for 102 Walnut ... (click for more)

Grand Jury Says County Needs To Start "Immediately" On Funding A New County Jail

Members of the Hamilton County Grand Jury said in a final report that the county needs to start "immediately" on funding a replacement for the Hamilton County Jail. The report, read by Foreman Robert Smith, says, "The Jail is near and/or over capacity and understaffed!  Hard-working corrections officers are in constant danger.  Being responsible for 80-100 inmates per ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)