Chattanooga, New Home of Moon River Music Festival

Annie Tarver

Annie Tarver

April 4, 2018

Love Live Music? Chattanooga’s Got You Covered

We may not be Nashville or Memphis, but don’t count Chattanooga out for great music. If you just can’t live without great live music, you’ve come to the right place.

Not only does Chattanooga have a vibrant music scene, but it’s always growing and getting better.

 

Moon River Music Festival

Four years into Moon River, Drew Holcomb, founder of the Music Festival, decided to branch out of showcasing his hometown of Memphis to explore other beautiful cities in Tennessee. Once Drew laid his eyes on Coolidge Park, he knew it was the perfect spot to bring people together to listen to incredible music.

The festival will be held September 8-9 at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, TN. It will be the first year Chattanooga has held the Moon River Festival.

To find out more information, check out https://moonriverfestival.com

 

Chattanooga is a city that loves sharing new music all-year round. Here’s a list of some of the top-rated places for live music in the Scenic City:

Memorial Auditorium/Walker Theatre

This 3,866-seat auditorium has been around since 1921 and has hosted acts such as James Brown, Phish and Alice in Chains and Shooter Jennings.

Upstairs from the main hall of Memorial Auditorium is the Walker Theatre, a more intimate setting that seats 851 people. This area may be smaller, but the acts are just as big in notoriety.

The Signal

Chattanooga’s newest music venue, this place can has a standing-room capacity of 1,300 and is located on Chestnut Street in the Southside, conveniently located near Finley Stadium, Chattanooga Brewing Company and Southside Social.

Tivoli Theatre

Known as the Jewel of the South, this beautiful historic theater has been entertaining Chattanoogans for more than 90 years. Located in the heart of downtown on Broad Street, the interior boasts the a high-domed ceiling, a grand lobby, crystal chandeliers and an elegant foyer, and hosts some of the most famous musicians in history, including The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, John Prine and Lucinda Williams.

Revelry Room

Located downtown at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, this intimate venue opened in 2015 and is one of Chattanooga’s most popular places to see live music. Adjoining the venue is Hush Lounge, where those who want a quieter place to talk and have drinks are welcome. Nearby is Passenger Street, Songbirds Guitar Museum, and  luxury apartments. Also, there are plenty of restaurants and shops within walking distance on Main Street.

JJ’s Bohemia

JJs Bohemia is on MLK Blvd., what used to be known as Ninth Street, or The Big Nine, as locals used to say. At one time, music clubs lined the street, filling downtown Chattanooga with the sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B. That time has passed, but JJ’s Bohemia keeps the the music alive. The place is small and funky, but the shows are amazing. If you go, you’ll see some of the best up-and-coming national acts and the best bands from around the city. The beer is cheap, the place is small, the shows start late, and it can get crowded, but JJ’s is known for consistently great music.

The Honest Pint

This neighborhood Irish Pub is located in Chattanooga’s downtown Patten Parkway. Not only is it known for its live music, which ranges from rock and roll to traditional Irish music, but it’s also known for its delicious food and outstanding beer selection. The tater tots, which are cooked in duck fat, are are to die for. The pub also features plenty of pool tables and dart boards upstairs.

Songbirds Guitar Museum

Not only is this the home to what many consider the premier guitar private guitar collection in the world, with a around 1,700 historic guitars from the 1930s to the 1970s, but it’s also becoming known for its impressive live music shows, where nationally-known guitarists show off their skills.

 

If free live music is your thing, then the Nightfall Music Series and Riverfront Nights are for you. 

 

Want more? Check out this list of even more great places to catch Chattanooga’s live music scene.