Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Barking Legs Theater Has Big Week Of Music

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - by Bob Payne
Bob Payne
Bob Payne
- photo by Woof

One of the South’s premier music listening venues, Barking Legs Theater, has a big week of music planned for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Located at 1307 Dodds Avenue, Barking Legs Theater offers studio quality sound and some of the most unique and talented touring acts in the country. For tickets and more info, visit

THURS, May 9 @ 7:30 pm
Tim and Myles Thompson $10 adv/$12 door

Very few of the many unsolicited inquiries we receive lead to performances at the Legs, but here's the exception. Tim's a champion fingerstyle guitarist, Myles is the fiddlin' son who just may be passing his dad (and that's saying something). Spend some time listening, and you are sure to be convinced. Catch them while you can!

FRI, May 10 @ 8 pm
Matthew Shipp Trio $15 adv/$17 door

A stalwart of the NY jazz scene since the mid-eighties, Matthew Shipp is surely one of the most respected and influential jazz artists of his generation. He has an instantly recognizable style on the piano, though his work spans an incredibly broad range of pursuits, from solo performances to collaboration with hip-hop artists to his long membership in the quartet of the late David S. Ware. We're proud to be able to host Matthew's acclaimed trio on this rare visit to the South!

SAT, May 11 @ 8 pm
Charles Law & Jagged!
Sweet and Lowdown
Skip Cisto Blues Band $5 adv/door

A California rocker joins forces with local favorites Sweet and Lowdown and the Skip Cisto Blues Band for an upbeat evening at the Legs. There'll be blood on the tracks and sawdust on the floor... and plenty of room to dance. Something we don't do all that often at Barking Legs!

Known for his crazy guitar-slapping techniques and great live performances, accomplished Americana singer/ songwriter Charles Law and his band Jagged! will be performing live at the Barking Legs to start a tour which will include Nashville, San Francisco and the Bowery Electric in New York.

A 2012 International Songwriter and 2009 MAVRIC Music Awards nominee, Charles Law performs his own brand of what has been referred to by fans as “California Outlaw" and is known for his unique guitar slapping technique, creating a Michael Hedges meets Black Crowes sound.  Charles' songs have received airplay on such outlets as NPR and CMJ radio outlets with his songs reaching #1 in Brooklyn, NY, #3 in Whittier, CA and #6 in Chicago, and have also had his music in the third season of the MTV show "Made."  His past performances at San Francisco's Union Square, The Citrus Festival, The Balloon Festival, Burning Man, and the Ventura Theatre opening for Neville Brothers are highlights for Charles, whose consistent performances have garnered enthusiasm of fans and noted musicians alike.

Law’s newly released album “Choices” contains a wide range of talented musicians, including drummer Stevie DiStanislao (from Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Gilmour) Christine Ellis (Martha Davis/ Motels) and appearances by Kevin McCormick (Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, David Crosby), Bruce Lett (Ernie Watts Quartet) Jeff Scott Evans (Blimp), Tim Gibson (Zero D,) and a duet with Delaney Gibson (Wheatus).

Fans of Chattanooga music are no doubt familiar with the great and powerful vocal force that is Shani Hedden. Fronting the top-flight instrumentalists of Sweet and Lowdown, Shani bowls audiences over with her stellar singing. Blues, rock, R 'n' B and more get well represented and lovingly tended when Sweet and Lowdown take the stage. They got the audience up and dancing with their superb version of "Take Me to the River" during our Dennis Palmer Memorial, and we had to get them back for more!

We've added the Skip Cisto Band to the show! Their motto is straighforward: "The live blues band to party with". These guys promise to rock the house, no questions asked!

Sunday, MAY 12 

OPEN IMPROVISATIONAL JAM for Dancers, Musicians, Spoken Word

Second Sunday of each month

2-4 pm, Free!


Participants are free to propose structures for non-idiomatic improvised dance/music/spoken word. All are invited. Bring your chops but leave your preconceptions at the door! Look for this to become twice monthly soon.

For local music info, try or They both have great local music info and schedules. For local info on Country music, try Jim Boles’ site

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