Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Riverbend 2014 Day 9 Young The Giant

Day 8 Review

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - by Bob Payne
Young The Giant
Young The Giant

Young The Giant will be the band that, in just a couple of years, everyone will say they got to see back in 2014 at Riverbend for just $35. They will take the Coca-Cola Stage at 9:30 p.m. tonight. The Indie Rock band from California released a new album just 5 months ago and it already hit number 7 on the Billboard Charts. I predict the same future for them that I predicted for Imagine Dragons, Foster The People, and Of Monsters & Men - Big-time!

Immediately following Young The Giant, the Riverbend fireworks display lights up downtown Chattanooga and Tennessee River. Keep an eye on the Market Street Bridge for that waterfall, as it is truly one of the most amazing sights you will ever see. (And, always remember who it was the crossed the Market Street Bridge first when it reopened about 5 years ago – me)

On the Bud Light Stage, local favorites The Bohannons kick the evening off at 5:45 p.m., followed by The Weeks at 7:15 p.m.

Rock Skool Chattanooga will entertain on the VW Stage, as Mark Ferguson brings his group of young students to play some rock & roll for the Coca-Cola Stage audience. Featured in newspapers and television shows throughout the scenic city, the Rock Skool performance is one that will be sure to amaze you, as these future stars show what determination, a good teacher, and drive can do for ones future in the world of music.

We go from young rockers to more experienced ones, as the Austin Nichols Band plays the VW Stage from 7:30 until 9 p.m. The members of the Austin Nichols band are exactly what the Rock Skool Performers should strive to emulate, as these guys are the real-deal pros. Journeyman performers Mark Trundle, Paul Hatcher, and Jim Reece are joined by 2009 Guitar Player of the Year Kris Phillips and 2012 Male Vocalist of the Year Jeff Hight in this blues/rock band that is fun to watch and great to hear. This is a pick of the day, without a doubt. Look for some of Chattanooga’s finest guitarists in the crowd, as they all come out to watch whenever Kris Phillips plays.

The Unum Stage features Electronic Dance Music (EDM) with Damn Right at 6:30m p.m. and Arpetrio at 8:30 p.m. Bring your dancing shoes.

On the Tennessee Valley Credit Union Stage, a stellar evening of music is on tap as Road to Nightfall winner “Function With a C” performs at 6:15 p.m., followed by Mike McDade’s excellent Neil Young tribute “Crazy Horse”. It’s really quite uncanny just how good McDade is with the Neil Young material. Pack of Wolves follows at 9:15 in another band packed with journeyman musicians that were finalists in the Road to Nightfall.

The Artist of the Day is The Weeks, playing at the DoubleTree Hotel at noon.

Last night, we got our new addition at Riverbend – daily rain – at 5 p.m. As usual, it cleared out and was a spectacular night. In fact, the past three nights have had temperatures in the 70’s. The 70’s at Riverbend are unheard of, folks. In some ways, the weather this year has been the worst ever and the best ever. Weird, eh?

Corey Smith had one of the largest crowds ever at the Bud Light Stage and Aunt Betty did the same at the VW Stage. Up on Unum, John K also had a huge crowd. Needless to say, Joan Jett’s crowd was massive.

Bob’s “don’t miss” shows: Rock Skool on VW Stage, Austin Nichols Band on VW, Mike McDade “Crazy Horse” on TVFCU and THE FIREWORKS!

Look for my “Riverbend Report Card” in a few days!

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.

Fireworks Tonight After Young The Giant
Fireworks Tonight After Young The Giant

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