Memorial Auditorium Hosts Guitar Virtuoso Joe Bonamassa

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - by Patrick O'Hagan

Joe Bonamassa brought “The Guitar Event of the Year” to the Scenic City Monday night at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium. The guitar sensation and two-time Grammy nominated musician started the show promptly at the 8 p.m. ticketed time. Fans filed into the auditorium early to make sure they got to their seats in time for the event.

At the ripe age of 12, Mr. Bonamassa first gained prominence opening up for blues legend BB King. From that moment on he’s blazed his own trail as a blues guitarist and expert showman touring the world with guitar in had. Mr. Bonamassa’s latest album, “Live at Carnegie Hall: An Acoustic Evening,” was released this June marking his 18th number one album on the Billboard Blues chart.

Mr. Bonamassa opened the set with “This Train,” a quick-hitting number in the key of D from his “Blues of Desperation” album. He then took the Chattanooga crowd on a tour hour tour of modern blues music.

As both a singer and guitar player, Mr. Bonamassa was on point all night, living up to the hype of his status as one of the greatest living blues artists.

After wrapping up 2017 later this month in Biloxi, MS, Mr. Bonamassa will take his show across Europe in March 2018 and hit the States again in April. 

PHOTOS: Power Players Headline Miller Park Grand Opening

The Power Players headlined the Miller Park grand opening Friday. They are Gerald Massengale- vocal, Michael Andrews- vocal, guitar, Johnny E Smith- percussions, Amber Carrington - vocal,  Dran Micheals - guitar, and Richard Copeland- sax & Jim Rhodes - bass (click for more)

Chattanooga Music Club Presents Choro Das 3

The Chattanooga Music Club will present "Choro das 3" at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium (Main Stage) on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m.    Review for Choro das 3: Choro das 3 is a Brazilian instrumental music band comprised of three sisters who travel with their father. Corina plays flute and piccolo, Lia plays acoustic 7 string guitar, Elisa plays mandolin, ... (click for more)

Medal Of Honor Heritage Center Announces Newest Lead Donors For Capital Campaign

Officials of the Medal of Honor Heritage Center on Tuesday announced the center has reached a major milestone in its agreement with River City Company to build the new Heritage Center at the former Visitors Center building in the Aquarium Plaza.  This milestone, to raise more than $3 million by the end of 2018, was made possible, in part, by a $250,000 gift from Farrow Family ... (click for more)

Corey Reynolds, 23, Shot; He Winds Up In Jail

Corey Reynolds, 23, was shot early Sunday morning, and he wound up in jail over the same incident. He was charged with aggravated domestic assault and filing a false report.    The Chattanooga Police responded at 1:49 a.m. to a person shot who arrived at a local hospital.   Reynolds arrived at the hospital in a personally owned vehicle.   His ... (click for more)

Opioid Questions

I see now Governor Bredesen is running ads criticizing Rep. Blackburn for her support of the opioid bill. I do not know enough about opioids to offer an educated opinion but I am pretty good in math. When the bill came up for a vote every Democrat in the House and Senate voted for approval. In addition, Eric Holder's DOJ signed off on it. Obama's DEA signed off on it and the President ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 2018 Ig Nobel Awards

The word ‘ignobel’ is rarely used because only a few among us know that it means "characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness." About 30 years ago, a glorious group of great scholars took a literary hatchet to form the word into ‘ig nobel’ so it could be placed in the dictionary as a term that means “a satirical social criticism that identifies absurd research.” Think of ... (click for more)