The Walker Theatre will welcome its first show in mid-October, featuring multi-Grammy Award winning artist Delbert McClinton on Oct. 14. On Oct. 23 critically acclaimed roots-rock group Turnpike Troubadours will take the stage, followed by an intimate acoustic evening with veteran singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt on Oct. 28. John Berry will perform a special Christmas show full of songs and stories on Dec. 15, and Jim Brickman will romance the audience on Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 16.
The Foundation will continue to book more unique shows at the Walker Theatre, located inside Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium at 399 McCallie Ave. Having invested in a new state-of-the-art sound system; new lighting rigs and spotlights; updated pit seating; as well as an updated concessions and lobby area, the Foundation designed the Walker to deliver a world-class concert and entertainment experience, said officials.
“These shows launch an exciting new chapter for the Walker Theatre and for the entertainment scene in Chattanooga,” said Nick Wilkinson with the Tivoli Theatre Foundation. “The Foundation is proud to present these high quality shows and thrilled to breathe new life into this wonderful, historic venue.”
For more information about upcoming show, please visit TivoliChattanooga.com. For additional show announcements, presale opportunities and news for all three venues, including the Tivoli Theatre, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium and Walker Theatre, sign-up for The Foundation newsletter by visiting TivoliChattanooga.com or by clicking here.
Review for the performers:
Saturday, Oct. 14 • Music starts at 8 p.m.
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love Delbert McClinton and those who haven’t heard him yet. Delbert is always working on that second group. Lyle Lovett has said, “If we could all sing like we wanted to, we’d all sing like Delbert.” The multi-Grammy Award winning artist is at the top of his game with his 19th studio album, “Prick Of The Litter” (Hot Shot Records/Thirty Tigers). The new offering captures the balance of soulful energy and restraint that the legendary performer has been delivering in his live performances for decades all over the world. On “Prick of the Litter,” Delbert incorporates a variety of styles and, as always, just enough to keep him comfortably outside the traditional marketing categories.
Turnpike Troubadours with Charley Crockett
Monday, Oct. 23 • Music starts at 8 p.m.
If the Turnpike Troubadours are playing in your town, you’ll know it. A block or two from the venue, you’ll see the crowds lining up. Get closer and you’ll start to hear the music -- rockin’ hard, lashed by burnin’ fiddle and guitar, maybe a little rough on the edges but with a deep-rooted soul that's impossible to resist. And if you make it through the door, you’ll witness one of the best shows you'll ever see.
An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
Saturday, Oct. 28 • Music starts at 8 p.m.
This fall two of America’s most respected and influential singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt unite on stage for their acoustic tour across the Unites States. A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums over three decades. John Hiatt’s work has earned him an Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, and induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Coupled with their gift for storytelling, the pair fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues. Together they make one of the most compelling and captivating performances on tour now.
Heartland presents Christmas Songs and Stories with John Berry
Friday, Dec. 15 • Music starts at 8 p.m.
John Berry has a new outlook, a new address and a new beginning. The singer-songwriter rose to stardom on the country charts of the 1990s with such mega-hits as “Your Love Amazes Me,” “Standing on the Edge of Goodbye” and “She’s Taken a Shine.” His annual Christmas tours brighten the holidays for thousands, as does his electrifying rendition of “O’ Holy Night.”
Jim Brickman: An Evening of Romance
Friday, Feb. 16 • Music starts at 8 p.m.
Jim Brickman has transformed the genre of solo piano music with his original pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations. Brickman’s extraordinary keyboard skills have earned him 21 number one albums and 32 Top 20 radio singles in the industry bible, “Billboard” magazine. He’s garnered two Grammy nominations, gospel music’s Dove Award, two SESAC Songwriter of the Year Awards and the Canadian Country Music Award. “Hope,” “Faith” and “Peace” are truly at the heart of Jim Brickman’s passionate songwriting. “I write music to be shared — to soothe, to inspire, to celebrate, to love. To me, music is the pure and simple soundtrack to life’s most memorable moments.”