Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Riverbend 2014 Day 1 With Gary Allan

Friday, June 06, 2014 - by Bob Payne
Gary Allan Appears At Riverbend Tonight
Gary Allan Appears At Riverbend Tonight

Day 1 of Riverbend has finally arrived and on tap for tonight is Country star Gary Allan on the Coca-Cola Stage at 9:30 p.m. With multiple platinum and gold records, Gary Allan is one of Country music’s biggest stars. He has a dedicated fan-base and huge following. He gave fans a scare earlier this week, as he had to miss a couple of performances, but his management said last night he is coming to Riverbend, ready to sing.

Starting off the 2014 festival, the Power Players Show Band will appear on the Bud Light Stage at 5:45 p.m. tonight. This funk band has opened for Here Come The Mummies at several shows, including the recent Engel Stadium show last month. Put that on your “don’t miss” list, as this is one talented band. Following the Power Players is Jeff Austin of the Yonder Mountain String Band, appearing on the Bud Light Stage in a new project of his own making that is a bit more on the rock side of the music spectrum.

Something new for 2014 is the Silent Disco, on the Bud Light Stage at 9:30 p.m. Here you will find two professional DJ’s doing their thing simultaneously to a crowd of partiers dancing to the beats, each using headphones to hear the music. It can be a pretty weird sight for the onlookers, as the dancers are getting into the music that only they can hear – hence the name – Silent Disco. Come on down and try your luck with the DJ’s and dance the night away.  It operates until 11 p.m.

On the VW Stage, right on the green across from the Coke Stage, two local country acts will set the stage for the night’s activities. Paul Hadfield and the McCoys and Project Illumination will each appear for 75-minute sets on the VW Stage, beginning at 6 p.m. Both were winners at various stages of the Texaco Country Showdown last summer.

The Tennessee Valley Credit Union Stage, that cool place under the Walnut Street Bridge, features Celeste Kellogg at 6:15 p.m. Celeste Kellogg is a Nashville actress, singer and songwriter. At 7:45 p.m., MidDay Farm Report brings their unique style all the way from McMinnville, TN. Purveyors of Rural Route Rock'n'Roll, Gravel Road Groove, and the Back Forty Beat, look for a great time from this band. Regional star Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires begin at 9:15 p.m. and offer an excellent alternative to the Country music played on the Coke Stage tonight if that isn’t your thing. Having cut his teeth in the Dexateens, Lee Bains lll has been properly schooled in how to throw down. It is also been described as Alabama Rock & Roll.

Up at the Unum Stage, by the Hunter Art Museum, the Dave Walters Quartet, with Kathy Tugman kicks off the evening at 6:30 p.m. Named Keyboard Player of the Year for 2013, Dave Walters leads an experienced group of professional musicians. Kathy Tugman adds one of Chattanooga’s finest voices to the journeyman band.

Kelley McRae and her husband Matt have performed in over 300 shows from the Bluebird Café to the Living Room in New York City. Look for the McCrae’s at 8 p.m. on the Unum Stage with Americana music at its finest.

Jon Wayne & The Pain appear on the Unum Stage at 9:30 p.m. Perhaps the best way to describe them is to let them do it. From their Facebook page, it reads as follows: If Lee Scratch Perry and Deadmau5 died, went to heaven, and recorded an album with Bradley Nowell and Jerry Garcia, they’d end up with something like Jon Wayne and The Pain’s new full length album “Surrender”. In addition to the Minneapolis trio’s signature sound of roots infused Reggae Rock, their latest release adds a bold fusion of Jam and EDM into the fold. Told you.

Jon Wayne & The Pain will appear at the Honest Pint on Friday at noon o’clock for a free show at our “Eat n Greet”. Come out and meet them and maybe have a meal while at the Honest Pint. They will also be live on WGOW’s remote broadcast at 10:20 a.m. from Quality Tire Pros on Cherokee Blvd. Come by and get a free beverage and thank Jeff Styles for the wonderful job he does booking acts at Riverbend.

Kofi Mawuko and a tradional African Drum Circle will be at the Bend Unplugged Series, live from the Chattanooga Hamilton County Library downtown at 2 p.m.

Bob’s “don’t miss” list: The Power Players on the Bud Light Stage, Jon Wayne & the Pain on the Unum Stage.

If you missed any of my “Riverbend Survival Kit” article, just click http://chattanoogan.com/2014/6/4/277773/Chattanoogas-Live-Music-Scene-.aspx to get all the info you need to become a Riverbend pro.

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
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