Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Riverbend Announces Boston, Jeff Austin, John K. Band

Sunday, March 02, 2014 - by Bob Payne
Boston To Play Riverbend In 2014
Boston To Play Riverbend In 2014

Riverbend wouldn’t be complete without some Classic Rock, and Boston will fill that bill nicely, playing the Coke Stage on Wednesday, June 11th at 9:30 p.m.

Boston held the record for the highest selling debut album in history for over ten years after its 1976 release. It remains the second best selling debut album of all times with 17 million copies sold, just 1 million copies behind the Guns & Roses debut album. 

Boston just released a new album, ten years in the making, on December 3, 2013. Tom Scholz, with Boston since its beginnings, is a noted inventor, as well as a musician. He graduated from MIT with a Masters in Engineering and designed the Rockman line of amplifiers.

Also announced was the John K. Band, playing on the Unum Stage Friday, June 13th. John Kadlecik is a founding member of the Dark Star Orchestra, a Grateful Dead tribute band. He later teamed up with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir & Phil Lesh in the group Furthur.

Jeff Austin, best known for his work in Yonder Mountain String Band and The Here & Now, will be performing at Riverbend on the Bud Light Stage on opening night – Friday, June 6th. This particular show will feature his new band line-up of Danny Barnes, Ross Martin, and Eric Thorin. This show promises to be more of a rock-show than a bluegrass show, as Jeff Austin expands his horizons with his new band.

Previously announced acts include Gary Allan, Widespread Panic, Buddy Guy, TobyMac, Boston, and Justin Moore, all on the Coke Stage. Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Bernie Worrell’s Funk Orchestra, Clare Dunn, 7 Handle Circus, Allen Stone, The New Orleans Suspects with Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett from Little Feat, and the Chattanooga All-Star Band are among about 80 other acts previously announced for side stage shows this year. 

A wristband, good for all eight days of the festival is $35 and may be purchased at area Kangaroo Stores beginning May 1, or on the www.riverbendfestival.com website now. Companies and groups may purchase wristbands for $28 each with a minimum order of 100 by calling 423-756-2211. Star seating is available on the Riverbend website for all nights, except Widespread Panic night, which is sold out. Also, some Club Riverbend memberships are still available on the website. 

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Bob Payne
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