Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Mummies, Not Zombies, Invade Chattanooga Tonight

Friday, May 02, 2014 - by Bob Payne
Here Come The Mummies
Here Come The Mummies
- photo by Mark Herndon

While the world has been preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse with Zombie Slayer guns and zombie survival courses, the real danger to bringing Chattanooga to its funky knees – Mummies – are heading to Chattanooga for a gathering at Engel Stadium tonight.  

 

Here Come The Mummies, the popular funk group that has practically called Chattanooga home for the past decade, returns in their rolling Sarcophabus to entertain the crowd at the very concert-friendly Engel Stadium.

A couple years back, Here Come The Mummies played the Bud Light Stage at Riverbend to the largest crowd there in the history of the festival. Thousands watched, although many were a block away, buried in the huge crowd. Pre-sell tickets at Kangaroo Stores sold quickly, but tickets are available for the show at the gate. 

Well, 5,500 lucky fans will get a chance to see the boys in bandages again tonight, this time in the intimate setting of historic Engel Stadium, where all of the seats are excellent. The stage won’t be way out in the outfield, either. It will be right between the pitcher’s mound and home plate, 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 the Engel Stadium entrance gate.

For a clip of Here Come The Mummies from their upcoming PBS Television special, just click on this link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h9zO39x8Qo.

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: $20 at the Gate. Tickets are available.

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.

Power Players Show Band
Power Players Show Band
- Photo2 by Mark Herndon

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