11th Annual Riverfront Nights Summer Concert Series Kicks Off July 15

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friends of the Festival will present the 11th consecutive year of Riverfront Nights, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, a free concert series at Ross's Landing on the city's 21st Century Waterfront. 

The series kicks off July 15 and continues for the next six consecutive Saturday nights through Aug.19. 

The Mountain vs. Monkey Town opens the show at 7 p.m. on the Comcast Stage.  Headliner Elliot Root performs at 8 p.m.  A short program to remember the tragedy of July 16, 2015 will start at 7:50 p.m. 

Review for Elliot Root: 

Elliot Root is a Nashville-based alternative rock band made up of five members that met through a series of acquaintances before their first collaboration.  Elliot Root's music provides an eclectic mix of poetic lyrics and unique rhythms. Their distinct sound and high-energy shows have landed them opening slots on major tours with the likes of the Zac Brown Band.   

Remaining performances are:  Courtney Daly Band opening for Alanna Royale on July 22,  The Young Fables will open for Ganstagrass on July 29, Tyrezz opens for Govinda on Aug. 5,  The Diamond Dogs open the show for Galactic Cowboy Orchestra on Aug. 12, and the series wraps on Aug. 19 with Stone Cold Fox and Tinsley Ellis 'Blues is Dead.' 

For more information on Riverfront Nights please visit www.riverfrontnights.com or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/riverfrontnights



Jazzanooga Kicks Off Black History Month With New Performance Program

Jazzanooga is celebrating Black History Month with a new artistic program; The Soul of Broadway Songbook Series.  This series honors the history and cultural impact of theatrical and musical productions written by and about African Americans.  “The focus of our 2018 programming is to address the lack of diverse arts and cultural programming in our city,” said Shane ... (click for more)

VIDEO: Remembering Fletcher Bright

Video by Ben Cagle (click for more)

Woman Who Took Truck Driver's Blood At Tragic Wreck Scene: "It Was Like Nothing Had Happened"

The woman who took a blood draw from a Kentucky truck driver who had just wrecked and claimed six lives said, "I was thrown by his demeanor. It was like nothing had happened." Lisa Martin told a jury from Nashville on Monday afternoon that Benjamin Scott Brewer kept asking when he could go home. Brewer was eventually allowed to leave, but was later charged and is facing trial ... (click for more)

Taji Webb, 26, Shot And Killed Monday Night; Shooter Will Not Be Charged

Taji Webb, 26, was shot and killed Monday night. Police said they have determined that the shooting was justified and the unidentified shooter would not be charged.   The Chattanooga Police Department responded at 10:43 p.m. to a person shot call in the 1500 block of Ryan Street .  Upon arrival, officers located Webb lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot ... (click for more)

General Bell: This Government Shutdown Is Outrageous - And Response (3)

The day before yesterday two Army Apache Attack Helicopter pilots were killed in a crash during training at Fort Irwin, Ca.  The pilots and their unit were preparing for a future deployment to combat operations.    As a result of the government shutdown, none of the spouses or families of these pilots will receive a dime from the United States Government in immediate ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Making A Difference

It was about 50 years ago when the late writer Loren Eiseley penned an essay called “The Starfish Thrower” so it’s been one of my favorite stories for almost as long. It tells about a man who walks up to a young boy on a beach, this just after a strong storm had washed hundreds of helpless starfish onto the shore. The boy was picking up the stranded starfish and, one at a time, ... (click for more)