Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene –Fireworks, Zombies & Music, Oh My!

Alan Evans Trio, Smooth Dialects At Riverfront Nights Saturday

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - by Bob Payne
Bob Payne (not)
Bob Payne (not)
- photo by Mark Herndon

This Saturday marks the last of the six free Riverfront Nights concerts on the riverfront for 2013, with Smooth Dialects opening for the Alan Evans Trio, followed by fireworks and a “Glow In The Dark Zombie Run”. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with Smooth Dialects cranking up at 7 p.m. The Alan Evans Trio will start promptly at 8 p.m.

The Alan Evans Trio consists of Beau Sasser on keyboards, Danny Mayer on guitar, and Alan Evan on Drums. Evans is the co-founder and drummer from the band Soulive.

Smooth Dialects, one of Bob Payne’s favorite local bands, is a jazzy cool fun band with soul and a great groove. Blessed with incredible talent, this band has exploded in Chattanooga and the Southeast. This is a “must see” event.

The Zombie Chase, a 5K run, starts at 9 p.m. and entrants must avoid the slow moving dead folk along the course. Runners can dress as zombies if they like, but real zombies will be scattered throughout the 5K course with the intent of eating the runners. The good news is that zombies are slow as molasses and no fatalities are expected.

After the concert, Riverfront Nights will celebrate the successful season with a free fireworks show, put on by the same company that does the Riverbend Fireworks and the 4th of July fireworks at the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.

The concert is free and is located by the pier on the downtown Chattanooga riverfront. Beverages and food is available on site, and lawn chairs, dogs, and blankets are allowed. 

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