Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Riverbend 2013 Day 6

Dierks Bentley, Roger Alan Wade, The Railers

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - by Bob Payne
Warner/Atlantic Recording Artists The Railers Appear On The Bud Light Stage Tonight at 6 p.m.
Warner/Atlantic Recording Artists The Railers Appear On The Bud Light Stage Tonight at 6 p.m.

We are in the final stretch at Riverbend and it just keeps getting better and better. Tonight, for one night only, Riverbend festival goers can see country star Dierks Bentley on the Coke stage. Dierks has been either won or been nominated for 21 music awards the past nine years, including 5 in the past year.  His last Album, released last year, reached number 1.

Fans wanting the latest country group to get a big-time recording contract will love The Railers. My prediction is that they will be back in a year or two on the Coke Stage. They recently signed a Warner/Atlantic recording contract. A couple of The Railers are no stranger to playing on the biggest stages in the world. The two brothers, Jonathon and Jordan Lawson played fiddle and lead guitar for Josh Turner & Sara Evans, touring with them for several years. It is a “don’t miss” show!

They go on the Bud Light Stage at 6 p.m. Pat Babb opens the Bud Light Stage at 5 p.m. The classic British punk rockers Psychedelic Furs close the evening at 7:45 p.m.

On the VW stage, Southlander starts the evening off at 6 p.m. with former Alabama drummer Mark Herndon keeping the beats for this popular local band. At 7:30, Michael Martin takes the stage with wicked guitar work and great original and cover songs. If you like Waylon Jennings, Confederate Railroad, and me – you’ll be there.

Up on Unum, Beppe Gembetta, of the famous Soddy Daisy Gembetta’s, starts at 6:30 p.m. (Aw shucks – just kidding, he’s from Italy) He is followed by Harper & Midwest Kind. Harper played a great set at Riverfront Nights a few years ago and he really is from Australia. I wonder if he knows Arnold Swarzenegger? Headlining international night on the Unum stage is Capetown’s Civil Twilight.

On the TVFCU Stage under the bridge, local favorite Lon Eldridge kicks off the evening at 6:15 p.m. Germany’s Lisa Marie Fisher and her angelic country sounding voice will start at 7:45 p.m., followed by Roger Alan Wade & Sparkle Motion. Roger says this is the most excited he has ever been about a show, bringing a full band of youngsters with him to the coolest stage. If Roger is this excited about a project after 30 years in the music business, it has to be something special, so I say This is another “don’t miss” act. Be there at 9:00 p.m. to get a good seat!

Last night was a stellar night at Riverbend. It warmed up to around 90 and there were clear skies. I am sure there are those that will blame Riverbend for it getting hot, but the next 4 days should be almost perfect weather. I caught two acts last night. The Voices of Lee were everything I heard they would be. Spectacular. They had a nice crowd and I believe everyone came away impressed.

I also went to the NewsBoys show on the Coke stage. WOW! Not only was the band and sound system incredible, the video wall behind the band was about as cool as I have ever seen. I say special kudos to Dixie Fuller for stepping up the sound system on the Coke stage to its best ever sound.

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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