Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Riverbend 2013 Day 5

Family Night, AKA Sweet Tea Night

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - by Bob Payne
Deacon Bluz Performing At The Bessie Smith Strut Monday
Deacon Bluz Performing At The Bessie Smith Strut Monday
- photo by Bob Payne

The Newsboys headline the Riverbend Festival tonight on the Coke Stage, but there is much more to “Sweet Tea Night” than the Newsboys. One of the acts I have been looking forward to the most is The Voices Of Lee. People have been excited ever since Riverbend announced the act. They are known throughout the country as a spectacular act. Take a look at their website and you will see that they tour the country, from South Carolina to Michigan. The Voices of Lee represent Chattanooga well. http://www.voicesoflee.com

Carlous and Janelle kick off the night at the Bud Light Stage at 5 p.m., followed by the Abby Brown Ministries and headliners The Voices of Lee.

The VW Stage has Calvary’s Blend at 5 p.m., followed by Andrew Alford and Red Letter Disciple.

Admission to the Family Night event is with a Riverbend Pin or a one-night wristband. The wristband for tonight’s show can be bought at the gates for $5. First Responders, such EMT, police, and firefighters, as well as military personnel are welcome tonight for no charge as a way of saying thank-you to those that are there for us when we need them most. Kids 10 and under are also admitted free.

I loved the Bessie Smith Strut last night. While the crowds were down a bit early on, as the evening progressed the streets became the familiar “sea of people”. My favorite act was Deacon Bluz and the Holy Smoke Band. Dr. Clark “Deacon” White is very talented and crowd-friendly, and his band is killer! If he doesn’t already have one, Deacon should have a doctorate in Bluesology. One look at the picture above and you will know these cats are pros. Anyone that knows Dr. White also knows he is one of the warmest and smartest individuals you could ever meet.      

An editorial appeared last weekend in a “local” newspaper and I responded to it. So far the response has been pretty good. Sometimes it is hard to argue with facts. The article is here - http://chattanoogan.com/2013/6/10/252991/Response-to-Riverbend-Editorial---Good.aspx.

I was going to do another story on the same publication reporting that CeeLo had been “banned” by Riverbend, but it wasn’t worth the energy. CeeLo is old news now. Riverbend’s Dixie Fuller said, “I doubt CeeLo will be back to Riverbend anytime soon”, and that got a headline that said CeeLo was banned. Wrong. Again.  

If you would like to see a really great article about Hangout Festival, Fil Manley posted one and it is wonderful. Read it here - http://chattanoogan.com/2013/6/10/252981/Hangout-Festival-2013--Festival-Blast.aspx.

For a complete Riverbend schedule, go to http://riverbendfestival.com/schedule.

See you at Riverbend!

Email Bob Payne at davrik2000@yahoo.com or www.facebook.com/davrik2000.


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