Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Riverbend 2014 Day 6 Boston!

Day 5 Review

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - by Bob Payne
Boston
Boston

This may be Chattanooga, but this night belongs to Boston, appearing on the Coca-Cola Stage at 9:30 p.m. The band founded and still fronted by Tom Scholz has sold 31 Million records in the USA alone. The classic rockers debut album went 17X Platinum. While many of you Riverbend boo-birds will say it isn’t an all-original band, most of the band has been together for 20-30 years. Tom Scholz, the founder of Boston, remains as the band’s leader. They released their sixth studio album just a few months ago, Life, Love & Hope.

One really cool thing about Boston you may not have known. They support the Shriners Children’s Hospitals and will have local Shriners throughout the festival grounds selling their Greatest Hits CD, with proceeds going to help the Shriners Hospitals.

The Bud Stage features the blues based indie rock band The Black Cadillacs at 5:45 p.m. In what may be the score of the week for Riverbend, R & B artist Allen Stone appears at 7:15 p.m. Stone appeared at last year’s Nightfall and the crowd went absolutely nuts over him. He has since had appearances on Conan and Ellen Degeneres. Considered a soul or R & B singer, Stone describes himself as a hippie with soul. This is a pick of the night.

The VW Stage features the Chattanooga Stars at 6 p.m., followed by Road To Nightfall winner Amber Fults & The Ambivalent Lovers at 7:30 p.m. I will bounce between the Bud Stage and the VW Stage to make Amber a must see event.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., the Unum Stage features classical Bridget Kibbey Trio that was part of the Hunter’s String Theory series. Blues star Nikki Hill takes the Unum Stage at 8 p.m., followed by the one and only Family Stone. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. to play such hits as Dance To The Music, I Want To Take You Higher, Everyday People, Family Affair, and many more. If you love the funk/soul sounds of the sixties and seventies, then this show is for you!

The Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union Stage features the Von Wamp Family Cavalcade from 6:15 – 10:30 p.m. This jam features the 9th Street Stompers, Brian Ashley Jones, High Viscosity, and members of Lou Wamp’s great family of entertainers.

Bob’s picks-o’-the-day: Amber Fults & The Ambivalent Lovers, Allen Stone, Family Stone.

The Black Cadillacs appear as the Artist of the Day at the Mellow Mushroom downtown at noon.

Last night is a perfect example of why Riverbend doesn’t cancel the evening activities when it is storming at 5 p.m. It was pretty nasty and gloomy late in the afternoon, but they waited out the storm and TobyMac went on as scheduled at 9 p.m. Not a drop of rain fell from 7 p.m. on. He played a 75-minute set for thousands in attendance that braved the nice weather.

See you there!

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 www.facebook.com/davrik2000.

Bob Payne
Bob Payne
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