Friends of the Festival will stage for the 13th consecutive year their summer concert series. "Riverfront Nights" presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is free for all to enjoy at Ross's Landing on the city's 21st Century Waterfront.
This year the series begins on July 20 and runs each Saturday night through Aug. 24. Burn the Treaty opens the show at 7 p.m. followed by headliner The Commonheart at 8 p.m.
On July 20, Rep. Yusuf Hakeem is planning a State of Tennessee Veterans Appreciation Day and Chattanooga will be the inaugural site. Expos for veterans will start at 11 a.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center and conclude at Riverfront Nights. These expos will further educate veterans on benefits and resources offered to them.
Riverfront Nights plans to celebrate the bookend nights of the series honoring veterans as the USS LST 325 landing ship tank moors at Ross’s Landing for the final week of the concert series. This historic treasure is the last fully operational World War II LST and took part in the infamous D-Day attacks in Normandy among other important World War II operations. The ship opens for tours August 22nd and will be part of the finale of Riverfront Nights.
The headlining act for opening night consists of nine soulful Pittsburgh natives that never fail to deliver emotion-packed performances. The Commonheart claims a heavy influence from blues, soul and gospel roots. The Commonheart Facebook page celebrates front man Clinton Clegg as “a powerhouse who commands full attention with his limitless onstage energy and vocal range.” This soulful group will be a kick-off event you don’t want to miss!
The concert series continues with Groove Grease to open for West End Blend on July 27, Randy Steele opening for Travers Brothership on Aug. 3, Kapo opens for The Mighty Pines on Aug. 10, Playin Possum Band opens the show for The Hi-Jivers on Aug. 17, and the series wraps up on Aug. 24 with Brownout and the opportunity to tour the USS LST 325.
Friends of the Festival is a non-profit organization that manages and produces premier events which unite and enrich our region with emphasis on the vitality of our community. Stay up to date on all things Riverfront Nights at www.riverfrontnights.com or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/riverfrontnights.