The Friends of the Cumberland Trail will present the Cumberland Trail Suite Appalachian Music Festival at Chattanooga’s historic Tivoli Theatre on Friday, March 22. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. This benefit concert will be hosted by Grammy Award winners Tim O'Brien and Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Also featured will be a variety of musical performances from Cumberland Plateau musicians.
The concert benefits the Friends of the Cumberland Trail (http://www.friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org), a non-profit organization created to support the development of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail and its related natural areas and park lands. The Friends contribute to the protection of the trail’s natural beauty and biodiversity, historic structures and archaeological heritage, and celebrate the cultural heritage of the people and communities who neighbor the Cumberland Trail.
Featured performers include Ed Brown, Earl T. Bridgeman, Fletcher Bright and the Dismembered Tennesseans, The Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African-American Song directed by Roland Carter, Clyde Davenport, Joseph Decosimo, Downer and Williams the Old Time Travelers, Meredith Goins, Tom and Charlie McCarroll with Tammi McCarroll-Burroughs, Chris Ryan, the Booker T. Scruggs Ensemble, and Nancy Foreman Westmoreland.
Tickets are $20 plus convenience fees, with a limited number of VIP seats available at $100 which include prime seating and a gala reception. Tickets are available now at Memorial Auditorium box office, online at ChattanoogaOnStage.com, and by phone at 642-8497. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.