Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Riverbend Announcements For 2014

Riverbend Goes To Wristbands For Admission

Friday, December 06, 2013 - by Bob Payne
Gary Allan
Gary Allan

With four number 1 hits, including one this year, Country music’s Gary Allan will headline the Coke Stage on opening night at Riverbend on June 6, 2014. Allan’s latest number one hit, Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain, was a release from his ninth studio album released in January 2013.

One of the big draws from this year’s Nightfall Series, Allen Stone has had appearances on Ellen, Carson Daly, and Jimmy Kimmel. His appearance at Bonnaroo this year was described as “epic”. Allen Stone will appear on the Bud Light Stage on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

Paul Berrere and Fred Tackett, from the band Little Feat, will appear with the New Orleans Suspects at Riverbend on Thursday, June 12, 2014 on the Bud Light Stage. Berrere and Tacket have a combined 67 years experience with Little Feat.

The New Orleans Suspects rocked the Riverfront Nights Series this summer and consist of members of the Neville Brothers Band, The Meters, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Radiators, even James Brown’s Saxophone player for 13 years. The final hour of the show will combine Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett with The New Orleans Suspects in an electrifying rock show featuring selected songs from Little Feat.

Riverbend Transitions From Pins To Wristbands

Friends of the Festival announced a wristband for admission is replacing the Riverbend Pin. Commemorative pins will still be available for collectors, but will not be utilized for admission. Workers will scan the wristbands, which have unique barcodes, for entry as well as upon exiting. Attendees can still leave and return to the festival as they desire, they will just need to be scanned as they leave. 

The wristbands are removable and can be used for the entire festival.  With the larger size, the wristbands will be easier than a lapel pin for attendees to keep up with for the duration of the festival. 

Also, individuals have a chance to purchase the 2014 Riverbend Wristbands at the corporate rate on December 14, at Hamilton Place Mall from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. by the food court. This annual event allows individuals a chance to purchase a wristband good for the entire 8 days of Riverbend for just $28. The Corporate rate requires a purchase of 100 wristbands, but Riverbend offers this to the general public with no minimum order on this day only. Credit card purchases will be $29. For 8 days, that is less than $4 per day for access to one of the nation’s oldest and largest music festivals. These make great holiday gifts.

Wristbands, other than at the one-day special rate mentioned above, go on sale May 1, 2014 at area Kangaroo Stores for $35.

According to Pollstar, Gary Allan’s ticket price averages $45.12. A Riverbend wristband will get you the Gary Allan show, as well as nearly 100 other acts.

The Riverbend Facebook page is located on the web at https://www.facebook.com/rbfestival .

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