The 12th annual 3 Sisters Music Festival is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday at Ross’ Landing on Chattanooga’s waterfront. The event is free and brings performances by top names in contemporary and traditional bluegrass music. 3 Sisters is hosted by Fletcher Bright Realty and is their gift to the community.
The schedule begins on Friday at 6 p.m. Friday with music by local bluegrass favorites, The New Dismembered Tennesseans, followed by Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper at 6:50 p.m., the all-female group Della Mae at 8:10 p.m., and, The Infamous Stringdusters to end the night beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Review for the performers:
The New Dismembered Tennesseans are a group of local, much loved musicians and vocalists who were previously part of Dismembered Tennesseans. They continue to perform without their beloved Fletcher Bright who left us too early last year and was the heart and soul of 3 Sisters. Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper return to the 3 Sisters stage and Della Mae, a group of five women, will thrill any audience. The Infamous Stringdusters will close the night with their tight harmony and celebrate their 2018 GRAMMY of Best Bluegrass Album for Laws of Gravity.
The local Mountain Cove Band will kick off a full day of bluegrass entertainment Saturday at noon as the 3 Sisters Festival continues. Circus No. 9 will take the stage at 1 p.m., followed by Berklee College of Music Fiddlers at 2:10 p.m., Bill Evans and Dan Crary at 3:15 p.m., The Crowe Brothers at 4:20 p.m., and Mipso at 5:30 p.m. Following that, the festival will feature a rare combination of stellar performers coming to play together. Performing as an All-Star Pickin’ Party at 7 p.m. will be The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, all on stage at the same time, followed by another unique performance by Noam Pikelny, Stuart Duncan and Friends providing the final set of the weekend at 8:30 p.m.
Noam Pikelny is a virtuoso banjo player who formed the backbone of the Punch Brothers. Noam has joined Stuart Duncan, one of Nashville’s most sought-after fiddlers, as well as Casey Campbell on mandolin, Jake Stargel on guitar and Sam Grisman on bass to play us to the end of this amazing festival.
Food from a variety of local food trucks, beer, wine, whiskey and non-alcoholic drink concessions will also be available. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, however no outside food or beverages are allowed.
This event is sponsored by Fletcher Bright Realty and the city of Chattanooga and produced by Chattanooga Presents! For more information, and to hear samples of all the groups, visit www.3SistersBluegrass.com or call 265-0771.