Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Country Showdown At Rhythm & Brews Tonight!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - by Bob Payne
Bob Payne
Bob Payne
- photo by The Royal Newborn

Wednesday evening is the finals for the Texaco Country Showdown at Rhythm & Brews in downtown Chattanooga. Preliminary round winners will compete for a chance to go on to the state championship round. The national winner will get a $100,000 prize. The State winner will receive $1000.

The list of contestants over the years includes a who’s who of Country music – Tracy Byrd, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Sara Evans, and Leann Rimes.

Showtime starts at 7:30 p.m. and each artist will receive 15 minutes on stage. At the conclusion, one artist will be selected to go to the State championships and a chance at the $1000 prize. Local radio station Cat Country 95.3 FM sponsors the Chattanooga contest, and their on-air personalities will be present for the show.

Other music shows for this week include Jimmy Harris in the Coconut Room at the Palms on Shallowford Road Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. One Night Stand is performing at Bud’s Sportsbar this weekend, with Queen Lightning performing at Sugars BBQ Downtown on Friday & Saturday Nights.

Paleface will be at JJ’s Bohemia Saturday Night and Tim Lewis is at El Meson in Hixson that night. In Ringgold, Johnston Brown will be at the Acoustic Café on Friday, with Brody Johnson appearing on Saturday. Jack A’s Chop Shop on Ashland Terrace features the Band Raven on Friday night, and Soul Survivor will be there on Saturday. Pat Babb’s Band, the Glass House Giants appear at T-Bones on Friday night.

Chattanooga’s premier outdoor Friday night concert series – Nightfall – features Swear & Shake, with local openers Jordan Hallquist & The Outfit at 7 p.m. It’s free and it is fun. Come on out to Miller Plaza at MLK & Market Street and give it a try.

Sunday, don’t miss the Chattanooga Market, as they have great live music every week. Tiffany Taylor and Dustin Overbeek will be appearing on stage at the market, and it is Tomato Week – so be sure and get some homegrown maters’.

For local music info, try www.chattanoogaentertainers.com or www.chattanooganightscope.com. They both have great local music info and schedules. For local info on Country music, try Jim Boles’ site www.chattacountry.ning.com.

Email Bob Payne at davrik2000@yahoo.com or catch him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/davrik2000.


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