Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Here Come The Mummies At Engel Stadium May 2

Power Players To Open Show in Veterans Benefit

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - by Bob Payne

A couple years back, Here Come The Mummies played the Bud Light Stage at Riverbend to the largest crowd in the history of the festival at that stage. Thousands watched, although many were a block away, buried in the huge crowd.

Well, 5500 lucky fans will get a chance to see the boys in bandages again on May 2nd, this time in the intimate setting of historic Engel Stadium, where all of the seats are excellent – and covered in case of a sprinkle. No the stage won’t be way out in the outfield, either. It will be right behind the pitchers mound, so the audience gets a great view of the visual show that is a Chattanooga favorite. The event is to benefit the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program at UTC. 

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program at UTC offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to our nations veterans. The VEP Program is offered entirely free to qualified veterans. Goals of the program are:

  • Open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to veterans
  • Develop competencies in creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture
  • Provide a support structure for continued success as a business owner

The Armed Forces Day concert features the nationally known funk band Here Come The Mummies. The eight musicians in the band are all said to be thousands of years old, dressed in mummy garb from back in the day of Pharaohs and creepy tombs. It is also rumored that many in the band have Grammy’s at home in the crypt, a testament to their musical skills. 

Public Broadcasting System (PBS) will be airing a special on Here Come The Mummies in their NYC and LA markets in May, with 30 more PBS top markets running the show this summer. The group used to travel only regionally, usually between Chattanooga, Nashville, and Indiana, but now tour the entire country with the increased popularity of the group.

The Power Players Show Band is a Chattanooga based funk band that has opened for the Mummies on several occasions. They will start at 7 p.m. The gates to Engel Stadium open at 6 p.m. on May 2nd. Tickets are available at www.riverbendfestival.com or at your favorite Kangaroo Store in the Chattanooga area. 

For a short sample of Here Come The Mummies, just click on this link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3-SXR4tigo.

When: Friday, May 2

Where: Historic Engel Stadium

What Time: Gates open 6 p.m.; Power Players start at 7 p.m., Mummies at 8:15 p.m.

Why: To benefit the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program at UTC and Historic Engel Stadium

Tickets: Kangaroo Stores, www.riverbendfestival.com, and at the gate if tickets remain.

Bob Payne grew up in Chattanooga and graduated from Baylor School. He is the Entertainment Editor for the Chattanoogan.com and assistant talent buyer for Friends Of The Festival.

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


ETC Focuses On The People Behind The Abortion Issue

The community is invited to attend Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's performance of Jane Martin's Keely and Du. Performances will be held at the theater located inside Eastgate Town Center at 5600 Brainerd Road, on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., from Aug. 14-24. Review for Keely and Du: When Keely, a pregnant rape victim, wakes up tied ... (click for more)

Jacob Powell Performs At Riverfront Nights Saturday

Friends of the Festival announced the return of the "Riverfront Nights" musical series to the city's 21st Century Waterfront for the eighth year.  Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the series of free Saturday night shows will feature musical acts performing from the Zaxby's Stage.   Healthy living, healthy food and drink choices, adult beverages and ... (click for more)

County Commission Chairmanship Up For Grabs After Exit Of Henry, Skillern

The chairmanship of the County Commission is up for grabs after the exit of two commissioners who have held the post in recent years. Larry Henry is moving on to serve as Circuit Court clerk. Fred Skillern was upset by Randy Fairbanks in the Republican primary. Most of the returning commissioners have their eye on the possibility of taking over as chairman, or at least getting ... (click for more)

KFC Manager Arrested After Staging Fake Robbery

Police were called Sunday night after a manager of the KFC on 3rd Street staged a fake robbery in order to take money. Fellen Hayes, 24, was arrested after police say she conspired with a man named "Ira" to make her theft look like a robbery. These events occurred shortly after noon.  She initially called police saying that a tall black male had approached her and taken ... (click for more)

Curtis Adams: Beck, Mackey Should Be Considered For County Commission Leadership

Just think about this;  a person highly qualified applying for a job.  As he is just about finished filling out his papers for his interview, he sees at the bottom there is a place for him to check Democrat or Republican.  He would think, “if I mark the wrong one I may not get the job.” Being a real leader requires honesty, integrity, and, most importantly, fairness. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mark’s 50th Anniversary Toast

In the new book that celebrates the first 50 years of baseball’s Southern League, its splendid author Mark McCarter recalls that very early in his career as a sports writer, he was riding with his boss somewhere and mentioned that if the legendary Allan Morris ever needed help covering the Chattanooga Lookouts that he’d love to help. Today, as he looks back, he ruefully adds, “I ... (click for more)