Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene: Slim Pickins

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - by Bob Payne, WWW.MYSPACE.COM/DAVRIK
Bob Payne
Bob Payne

Jim Gange, the friendly owner of the Tin Cup (former Brass Register) has closed the business effective last Friday night. I had my birthday party that night and afterward he told us he was shutting it down. His biggest concern wasn’t about what to do next or his monetary losses. No, Jim was most concerned that I relay how appreciative he was of his customers, employees, and the bands that had played there this year. I hate it for him, and wish him luck in his future endeavors. He and his family love Chattanooga and will be staying here. It’s a shame to lose such a great music venue which has so rich a history.

On a brighter note, we had an opportunity to see the band Slim Pickins at T-Bones a few weeks ago, and that was fun. This band plays fun music and they have fun playing. These guys are all pickers, with a mandolin, a fiddle, a banjo, and a guitar. I don’t care if your wife just left you and took your dog, these guys will bring a smile to your face, as their kind of music is fun and contagious. And, you have a great chance to hear them live, for free, with your family. They are playing at the Chattanooga Market this Sunday. They will also be at Rhythm & Brews next Wednesday, with Cornmeal. More info on the band can be found yep, you guessed it – right here.

Many thanks to the folks that came out to my birthday party last Friday night. I think we had members from seven different bands there, all of whom were blown away by the vocals of Janella Hayes of Black Cat Moon. At one point, we had four of the best female vocalists from Chattanooga in the room, as well as four of Chattanooga’s best bass players. Some of my Masonic brothers also came out and I thank everyone for helping give me a great birthday.

My sons and I went to the Sharpie 500 and had a blast. Except for Kyle Busch narrowly beating out Mark Martin, it was a perfect Saturday night. I must say that the sleeveless T-shirt salesman must have made millions from the crowd there, as did the earplug salesman. A dentist would have made the most, though.

Bob’s pick-o-the-weekend is the Chattanooga Market lineup of Lou Wamp, Slim Pickins, and The Barker Brothers. This may be the best Sunday lineup of the season! Starts at 11:30 a.m., no charge, and family friendly.

Bob’s pick-o-the-week is Cornmeal, with Slim Pickins next Wednesday at Rhythm & Brews. Cornmeal tore em’ up at Riverfront Nights last year, as well as Riverbend. Slim Pickins is featured in this week’s column and here is another chance to see them live! Ticket info is available by just clicking here.

Live in Chattanooga this week!

Thursday, August 27

Buds – Channing Wilson
Rhythm & Brews – Needtobreath, Green River Ordinance, Griffin House
Market Street Tavern – Open Mic
JJ’s Bohemia – Gerle Haggard, Montana Slim String Band
Chattanooga Choo-Choo – Jukebox Junction Theater Live Shows
The Palms At Hamilton – Convertibull
The Mudpie – Reverie
Blues Train Café – Open Mic

Friday, August 28

Rhythm & Noon – Kathy Tugman
Nightfall – Shotgun Party, Spatial Effects
T-Bones – TBA
Rhythm & Brews – Outformation
Blues Train Café Dalton – Buckner Brothers
Chattanooga Choo-Choo – Jukebox Junction Theater Live Shows
Blue Orleans Creole Restaurant Amnicola Hwy – Booker Scruggs Ensemble
Buds – Nathan Farrow Band
Market Street Tavern – BaaddMojo
Top Of The Dock – Mike & Rhonda
Ziggy’s – Thyne, TBA
Midtown Music Hall – Nappy Roots
Hot Spot Lounge Dalton – Jagged Edge
JJ’s Bohemia – The Constellations, Lauris Vidal, Machines Are People Too
Club Fathom – Sons Of Cynics, Unspoken Triumph, Out Of Body, Mushina

Saturday, August 29

Charles & Myrtle’s Coffee House – Doug Spears
Riverhouse on Frazier Ave – Danger Kitty
T-Bones – Zan Teddy
The Palms At Hamilton – Dana Rogers
Blues Train Café Dalton – Groove Shakers
Midtown Music Hall – Chain Reaction (Journey tribute)
Rhythm & Brews – Velcro Pygmies
Chattanooga Choo-Choo – Jukebox Junction Theater Live Shows
Hot Spot Lounge Dalton – Longshot
Top Of The Dock – Mike & Rhonda
JJ’s Bohemia – Cars Can Be Blue, Lovely Eggs, Ghostfinger, The Rayons
Club Fathom – Slow Cars Slower Jets, The Tryezz Project, Kross Rhodes
Dalton Depot – Stop N Stare
The Mudpie – Open Mic
Ziggy’s – To Light A fire, Tragic Flaw
Tremont Tavern – Roger Alan Wade

Sunday, August 30

Chattanooga Market – Live on stage: Lou Wamp, Slim Pickins, Barker Bros.
JJ’s Bohemia – Computer & Friends Dance Party

Monday, August 31

Market Street Tavern – Old Time Music Jam (Bring your instrument)
Rhythm & Brews – Monday Night Big Band

Tuesday, September 1

JJ’s Bohemia – Tristin, Old Factory Pickers, Grassy Blue
Table 2 – Live Jazz by the Ben Friberg Trio
Blues Train Cafe – Open Mic

Wednesday, September 2

Buds – Roger Alan Wade
Las Margaritas Riverview – Priscilla & Little Rickee
Rhythm & Brews – Cornmeal, Slim Pickins
Dalton Depot – Tommy Davis


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