Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Bud’s To Host Big Benefit Featuring Live Music & Food This Weekend

Thursday, March 06, 2014 - by Bob Payne
Rock & Roll Benefit At Bud's
Rock & Roll Benefit At Bud's

Bud’s Sportsbar on Brainerd Road has hosted benefits for many, many people over the years, but this time the benefit is for one of their own – longtime employee Charlie Espy. The benefit features several live bands, food specials, BBQ plates to go, a breakfast brunch, and a buffet.

It all begins on Friday night, when the Ragdoll Band kicks it off by donating all of their tips to the benefit. On Saturday, Bud’s will feature an afternoon of their award winning BBQ plates, which will be available as eat-in or to go.

Sunday will feature a lunch buffet from 2 p.m. until it is gone. The buffet will be set up for donations. Look for fried catfish, baked beans, slaw and hush puppies. Mmmm good.

Drink and food specials will be available all day, and there will be live music from 12:30 p.m. Musical guests for the day include, The Stratoblasters at 12:30 p.m., Roughwork at 2 p.m., Ragdoll at 3:30 p.m., Tim & Reece Reunion at 5 p.m., Aunt Betty at 7 p.m., and The Band Raven at 9 p.m. 

Throughout the day, special guests like Dex from US101 and Scott Chase from KZ106 will be present, as well. These benefits often draw a few “unannounced celebrities”, and this one will probably be no different. 

As always, Chattanooga’s musicians are to be thanked and congratulated for helping out with yet another event to benefit someone in need. 

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