An abundance of bluegrass entertainment will be showcased Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5, during the seventh annual 3 Sisters Music Festival, hosted by Fletcher Bright Company and produced by Chattanooga Presents. Held at Ross’ Landing, this free, one-of-a-kind event will feature the top names in contemporary and traditional bluegrass.
The event begins on Friday at 6 p.m. with music by local bluegrass favorites the Dismembered Tennesseans, followed by the IBMA multiple award nominated group, Balsam Range at 6:50 p.m., The Greenbriars (featuring Jeff Autry, Shad Cobb, Todd Philips and Scott Vestal) at 8:10 p.m. and finally, the Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist, Sam Bush at 9:30 p.m.
Though he admits a certain discomfort with the moniker "King of Newgrass," Sam Bush has more than earned it. As co-founder and leader of the seminal progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival through 18 years during the 1970s and '80s, Sam may not be the only person responsible for newgrass — the wild bluegrass stepchild that features rock 'n' roll grooves and extended virtuosic jams — but since New Grass Revival's dissolution in 1989, Sam has certainly been one of the most brilliant of newgrass's many bright lights.
Besides helming the ever-popular Sam Bush Band, the mandolin prodigy from Kentucky has been a prodigious influence on musicians young and old. Bands like Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, and String Cheese Incident, to name just a few, are indebted to Sam's example, not only in his wide-ranging choice of material and rock-based acoustic grooves, but by his captivating, high-energy live shows, which have made him an in demand headliner, and fan fave at important festivals like Telluride and MerleFest.
On Saturday, beginning at noon, local band Bluetastic Fangrass, led by Louis Wamp, will kick off a full day of bluegrass entertainment as the 3 Sisters Festival continues. Lone Mountain Band will take the stage at 1 p.m., followed by the Dismembered Tennesseans at 2 p.m., Berklee College of Music Fiddlers at 3 p.m., Chatham County Line at 4 p.m., Keller & The Keels, led by Keller Williams, at 5:30 p.m., Nashville Bluegrass Band at 7 p.m. and the Travelin’ McCourys, headlining the final set of the 3 Sisters Music Festival on Saturday beginning at 8:30 p.m.
The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting and always great music. Although raised and strongly influenced by their father, traditional bluegrass legend, Del McCoury, they are 21st Century musical pilgrims and adventurers. They’re onto something new, just like Bill Monroe was in the 1940s.
3 Sisters merchandise and performer merchandise will be available for sale on site. Beer, food and non-alcoholic drink concessions will also be available. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, however no outside food or beverages are allowed. This event is sponsored by Fletcher Bright Company and the City of Chattanooga. For more information, visit www.3SistersBluegrass.com or call 423 265-0771.