Kool Moe Dee Kicks Off Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series Thursday

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Kool Moe Dee
Kool Moe Dee

This fall, there’s a brand new concert series coming to town, the Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series, featuring 10 weeks of free, live music on the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center spotlighting local, regional and national talent. It all kicks off with Kool Moe Dee Thursday. 

Review for Kool Moe Dee:

Kool Moe Dee, known for his famous hit "Wild Wild West," is one of rap’s earliest stars. Starting his career in the early ‘70s, he formed the legendary Treacherous Three with DJ Easy Lee, Special K, and L.A. Sunshine. After the group’s first break-up in ‘84, Kool Moe Dee went solo, establishing himself as one of hip-hop’s first big stars with his debut solo album, “How Ya Like Me Now?” He became one of the first hip-hop acts to perform at the Grammys and to win a Grammy. 

Review for Jonathan "Tryezz" Fowles:

Opening for Kool Moe Dee will be Chattanooga’s own Jonathan “Tryezz” Fowles. Jonathan, also known as Tryezz (Pronounced "Trez"), is an artist and musician from Chattanooga. He is an electronic keyboard player that plays his own original blend of mainly instrumental jazz, funk, classical and electronic based grooves, layering it with live improvisation.  

The Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series will be held on Thursday nights on the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center from Aug. 24-Oct. 26 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

Food for purchase will be provided by Dipped Fresh, Chew Chew Chattanooga, Chatter Box Cafe, Taqueria Jalisco, Choo Choo Ice, and Bruster’s Ice Cream.  Beverage for purchase will be provided by Oddstory Brewing Company and Barley Chattanooga. 

There will be a wide variety of genres, some familiar and some new…including local, regional and national talent. Although every performer’s genre will vary, each artist will tie into the history and heritage of the Big Nine, continuing to enhance the MLK neighborhood as a cultural destination. See the full lineup here.  

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center has 70 parking spaces in its lot available. After 6 p.m., there is free street parking located along MLK Boulevard and Houston Street. After 6 p.m., there are various public parking lots near the property that are available. 

Volunteer for the Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series by contacting Shane Morrow at Jazzanooga, shane@jazzanooga.org, for more information. 

The Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. In 2017, more than 450 free Levitt concerts will take place in 22 towns and cities, all featuring an array of music genres and talent. Learn more at levitt.org.  

This series is a community collaboration presented by Jazzanooga, Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Chattanooga’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. It is generously funded by the Levitt Foundation, Lyndhurst Foundation and Benwood Foundation. Sponsors also include Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, Staybridge Suites Chattanooga, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority, and Brewer Media Group.


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