Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene: Too Far Gone South

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - by Bob Payne WWW.MYSPACE.COM/DAVRIK
Bob Payne
Bob Payne

Well, folks, I am currently cruising the beautiful blue waters of the Bahamas. Its 80 degrees, the sun is shining, and I am preparing to go down a 180-foot water slide. I would say that I am sorely missing Chattanooga right now, but alas, I cannot lie. Stay tuned for a report on the cruise ship music scene.

Being the consummate professional I am, I prepared much of this column in advance, so that you, the reader, would still have your entire week made good by having this column to read. If nothing else, I am modest.

We went down to T-Bones a couple weeks ago and caught a show by the band Too Far Gone South. As I have mentioned previously, Chad Danner has been bringing in talent new to T-Bones. Two members of SRO band joined us, also out to hear some music.

Too Far Gone South bills themselves as an experimental/rock/jam band. That description works. I thought they sounded a bit like the early Allman Brothers on their instrumentals. They are a four piece band, with Kolby Towe on guitar, Robby Miller on keys, Dougie Whitaker on drums, and Cameron Towe on bass guitar. We enjoyed the show and they will be back at T-Bones this Friday. You can hear samples, view their schedule and more at click here.

Bob’s pick-o-the-week-end is Tim Hughes Quartet, playing at Blue Orleans Creole Restaurant, on Amnicola Highway, Friday, April 3.

Bob’s pick-o-the-week is The Ben Friberg Jazz Trio at Market Street Tavern on Wednesday, and Table 2 on Tuesday.

The weather is turning great and the outdoor festivals are coming! One of the first, the inaugural Keel Family function will be at Cherokee Farms in Lafayette on April 3-4. Here is the link for a listing of the bands and info link.

Last weekend, we went to The Comedy Catch to see master hypnotist Gary Conrad. Oh, what a show! We have fun every time we go and The Comedy Catch is recognized as being one of the top clubs in the USA. For a “don’t-miss” show, see Gary Conrad when he returns, or try any of the fine comics the club has each week.

Live! In Chattanooga

Thursday, April 2


The Palms At Hamilton – Pink Cadillac

Buds – Channing Wilson

JJ’s Bohemia – Indian Friend, Due Panic

Rhythm & Brews – Taxicab Racers, The Explores Club, Forest Magic

Chattanooga Choo-Choo – Jukebox Junction Theater Live Shows

Club Fathom – Salt The Wound, Woe Of Tyrants, Left to Vanish, My Son The Executioner, Every Word a Prophecy


Friday, April 3


Barking Legs Theater – Sam Quinn (from Everybody Fields)

Chattanooga Choo-Choo – Jukebox Junction Theater Live Shows

Market Street Tavern - Jescoe

Spectaters – Bud Lightning

Midtown Music Hall – Behind The Sun (Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute)

Buds – The Beaters

JJ’s Bohemia – Christabel & The Jons, Butch Ross

Rhythm & Brews – Zoso (Led Zeppelin Tribute)

Blue Orleans Creole Rest on Amnicola – Tim Hughes Quartet

Table 2 – Live Jazz by the Ben Friberg Trio

Top Of The Dock – Mike & Rhonda

Blue Orleans Downtown – David Anthony Blues

Club Fathom – Tomorrows End CD Release Party, Shades Of Seven


Saturday, April 4

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Charles & Myrtles – Kacey Jones

JJ’s Bohemia – The Morons, Night Of The Wolf, Rough Shapes

Chattanooga Choo-Choo – Jukebox Junction Theater Live Shows

Top Of The Dock – Mike & Rhonda

Club Fathom – Slap Happy Retards, My Glorious, Sandia, Day Of Orange

Riders – Bud Lightning

Market Street Tavern – Filliment

Midtown Music Hall – Chain Reaction (Journey Tribute)

Ziggy’s – Never Surrender, Metal Funk Melon

Rhythm & Brews – Downstream CD Release Party, Black Betty, Opposite Box


Sunday, April 5


JJ’s Bohemia - Bobe Street Band, Renee Arozqueta, Mander

Monday, April 6


Market Street Tavern – Old Time Music Jam (Bring your instrument)


Tuesday, April 7

Table 2 – Live Jazz by the Ben Friberg Trio

Blue Orleans Downtown – Roddy Noll Jazz Trio

Spectaters – Mike & Rhonda
JJ’s Bohemia – Tear Nut Awareness, Rock Biter, Capt Black, True Stereo, Champions of Breakfast


Wednesday, April 8


Market Street Tavern – Live Jazz by the Ben Friberg Trio

Buds – Jeff Renfro

The Palms At Hamilton – Tim Lewis

Rhythm & Brews - Pico Vs. Island Trees, Coral Castles

Las Margaritas Riverview – Priscilla and Little Rickee


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