3 Sisters Music Festival Set Oct. 5, 6

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

An abundance of bluegrass entertainment will be showcased Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6, during the sixth annual 3 Sisters Music Festival hosted by the Fletcher Bright Company and produced by Chattanooga Presents. Held at Ross’ Landing, the free, one-of-a-kind event will feature the top names in contemporary and traditional bluegrass.

The event begins on Friday at 6 p.m. with music by local bluegrass favorites the Dismembered Tennesseans, followed by the bluegrass/gospel veterans, Dailey & Vincent at 6:50 p.

m., Blue Highway at 8:10 p.m. and finally, the renowned bluegrass/rock/jam band Yonder Mountain String Band at 9:30 p.m. 

Yonder Mountain String Band has always played music by its own set of rules.  Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences that the band cites, Yonder has pioneered a sound of their own.  With their lineup of acoustic instruments, the band may look like a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they’ve created their own music that transcends any genre.  Band member Dave Johnston points out, “What could be more pure than making your own music.?”  Yonder’s sound cannot be classified purely as “bluegrass” or “string music” but rather an original sound that has attracted a whole new generation to the contemporary bluegrass genre.

On Saturday, beginning at noon, local band Bluetastic Fangrass, led by Louis Wamp, will kick off a full day of bluegrass entertainment as the 3 Sisters Festival continues. Lone Mountain Band will take the stage at 1 p.m., followed by the Dismembered Tennesseans at 2 p.m., Berklee College of Music Fiddlers at 3 p.m. Della Mae at 4 p.m., Keller & The Keels, led by Keller Williams, at 5:30 p.m. Steep Canyon Rangers at 7 p.m. and the Travelin’ McCourys, headlining the final set of the 3 Sisters Music Festival on Saturday beginning at 8:30 p.m.

The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting and always great music. Although raised and strongly influenced by their father, traditional bluegrass legend, Del McCoury, they are 21st Century musical pilgrims and adventurers. They’re onto something new, just like Bill Monroe was in the 1940s. 

3 Sisters merchandise and performer merchandise will be available for sale on site. Beer, food and non-alcoholic drink concessions will also be available. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, however no outside food or beverages are allowed. This event is sponsored by Fletcher Bright Company and the City of Chattanooga. For more information, visit www.3SistersBluegrass.com or call 423-265-0771.



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