Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Riverbend 2014 Day 8 Joan Jett

Day 7 Review

Friday, June 13, 2014 - by Bob Payne
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Appear At Riverbend
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Appear At Riverbend

One of only two women to have been named to Rolling Stones list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists, iconic Rocker Joan Jett & The Blackhearts brings some rock and roll to the Coke Stage at Riverbend tonight. A 2012 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts has been rocking hard for more than 30 years. Be at the Coca-Cola Stage at 9:30 p.m.

In a stroke of programming genius, the two bands on the VW Stage fit right in to the Joan Jett & The Blackhearts crowd. Ragdoll & Aunt Betty, two bands that know each other well from playing local venues, are perfectly suited to warm up the Jett crowd. Ragdoll, the rock band fronted by Rhonda Denham, will give Joan Jett a run for her money in the rock & roll department. Aunt Betty is an Atlanta based 80’s rock band that also will get the Coke Stage crowd plenty fired up by show time.

The Bud Light Stage features the high energy funk band Earphunk at 5:45 p.m. and a big Chattanooga draw in Corey Smith at 7:15 p.m. I remember Corey from my days in Jefferson, Georgia – Corey’s hometown.

While he hasn’t had a big-time charted number one record yet, Corey Smith has made himself into a successful touring act, grossing nearly $4 million last year, up from $1.7 million the year before. He’s made a big chuck of money right here in Chattanooga, where he has a huge fan base. Look for Corey Smith to take the stage at 7:15 p.m.

On the Unum Stage, anyone leftover from the Widespread Panic night that is still wandering around looking for another nickel bag may find solace up by the Hunter Art Museum, as the Natti Love Joys hit the stage at 6:30 p.m. with their Reggae/Roots music, followed by the John K Band, featuring John Kadlecik of Further. Yes, it is that John Kadlecik, founder of the Dark Star Orchestra and one member of Furthur, along with former Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir.

The Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union Stage has Masseuse opening at 6:15 p.m., followed by Caroline Glaser at 7:45 p.m. The Justin Lee McKinney Band closes out the night from 9:15 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Caroline Glaser will be Artist of the Day at Hennen’s Restaurant at noon o’clock. 

Biggest goof up of Riverbend – ME! After announcing the Chattanooga All-Star Band at the Unum Stage, I thanked everyone for coming out in the weather, and then assured those in attendance that it would be clear skies the rest of the night. Right about the time I said “clear skies”, buckets of rain came down for the next 15 minutes.

Bob’s “must see” shows: Ragdoll on the VW Stage, Corey Smith on the Bud Light Stage, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts on Coke.

See you there!

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

Email Bob Payne at or

Bob Payne
Bob Payne
- Photo2 by J. Jett & T. Jet

Kurt Vile And The Violators Play At The Signal July 14

Kurt Vile and The Violators, with Dylan Carlson, will play at the Signal on Saturday, July 14.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins sat 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 the day of the show and are available at Songbirds Guitar Museum and Online at or by phone at 877-4FLY-TIX. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.  Review ... (click for more)

Gyan Riley Comes To Barking Legs April 3

CoPAC and the Shaking Ray Levi Society will present Gyan Riley in concert Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will be at  Barking Legs Theater , 1307 Dodds Ave.  Tickets are $15 in advance and at the door and $10 for students at the door.  Review for Gyan Riley:  The celebrated contemporary classical guitarist Gyan Riley has ... (click for more)

Sheriff Hammond Says $4 Million Needed To Put SROs In All Hamilton County Schools

Sheriff Jim Hammond on Thursday night told members of the County School Board that $4 million is needed to provide School Resource Officers for all of the 79 schools. He said currently there are 31 SROs in 29 schools, leaving 50 uncovered. School Board member Rhonda Thurman said she believes the community could come together to provide the necessary funding. "It's something ... (click for more)

Judge Philyaw Denies He Did Not Reappoint Magistrate Because She Was Gay

Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw told a federal jury on Thursday that the fact Elizabeth Gentzler is openly gay had no part in his decision not to reappoint her as a magistrate. "Absolutely not. I have a lot of gay friends, family and acquaintances," he said. However, a court officer at Juvenile Court sided with Ms. Gentzler. Jimmie Cannon said, "Ninety-nine percent ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘In God We Trust …And Protecting Our School Children

On a day that the Tennessee Legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill that would prominently display the words “In God We Trust” in every school building in the state, the Hamilton County School Board gave my boy Bad Little Johnny cause to get a magic market and scribble underneath, “but ‘Everybody Else Is Gonna’ Need A Pistol!’” Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, who was ... (click for more)