"Hard Travelin' with Woody Guthrie"
It is ‘Labor’ Day weekend, after all, so kick it off with a tribute to the working man's troubadour, Woody Guthrie. This one-man show is in celebration of what would have been Guthrie's 100th birthday, as well as what is the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers' own centennial.
When: Friday, Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m.
Where: IBEW Local 175 Union Hall
How much: Free, donations accepted
Contemporary jazz enthusiasts will enjoy this week's Nightfall headliner, a multicultural world-fusion band led by best new jazz artist nominee, Lao Tizer, who has shared the stage as a solo artist with Isaac Hayes, George Benson, The Commodores, Bruce Hornsby, Jethro Tull and Spyro Gyra. With only two weeks left in this season's Nightfall concert series, here's a chance to give your three-day weekend a jazzy start.
The Creative Underground's summer music series concludes this weekend with a final performance featuring the sounds of Presley, Patsy and even Amy Winehouse. Organizers said the evening will include a "montage of different musical and visual elements" to reflect the diverse cultures in the city. In addition to live music, original artwork from local artists Jody Rahlow Harris, Nathaniel Stepney and James McKissic will also be featured.
When: Friday, Aug. 31, 8 p.m.
Where: The Camp House
How much: $10
Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart
Catch this husband-and-wife duo as they share their stories, original songs and Americana harmonies in the intimate performance space at Barking Legs. Earle, sister of alt-country political bad boy Steve Earle, has her own unique vocal style complemented by her guitar-pickin' husband. Their live shows are known for an informal but captivating "living room" feel, and the duo's return to Chattanooga this weekend should not disappoint old and new fans.
When: Saturday, Sept. 1, 8 p.m.
Where: Barking Legs Theater
How much: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
An explosive live show is expected this weekend for the Riverfront Nights concert Saturday night. A nine-piece ensemble led by the full-force vocals of Arleigh Kincheloe, AKA Sister Sparrow, includes sax, trumpet, baritone sax, harmonica, guitar, bass and drums. That's a whole lotta brass on the series' small stage—but with plenty of room left to blow your mind.
When: Saturday, Sept. 1, 8 p.m.
Where: Chattanooga Riverfront
How much: Free
That '90s Show with The Communicators
Stay up late and join the music party that celebrates the best of the 1990s. "From Tool to Deee-Lite," The Communicators' show is certain to get you dancing, and if not, help you remember those days when you did. The band is a collective of some of Chattanooga's favorite indy bands and musicians, including members of Glowing Bordis, Tone Harm, The Nim Nims and others.
Lone Mountain Band
Bluegrass Now magazine calls this band one of the best traditional music acts in the Southeast. Band members, who have been together since 1997, said collectively they have more than 100 years of musical experience and many individual accolades. Jim Pankey was the Georgia state champion on the clawhammer banjo and the Tennessee state champion on bluegrass banjo. Roy Curry was a band member with local country music stars The Forester Sisters and has played at the Grand Ole Opry and the Kennedy Center. Check them out at this weekend's Railfest.
When: Saturday, Sept. 1, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Railfest at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
How much: $20, which includes train excursion
Strung Like a Horse
If you have Monday off, then this is just the thing to amp up your Sunday night. The winners of this year's Road to Nightfall competition are back home after a quick tour promoting their just-released EP, "Glad." Their reputation for high-energy live performances is gaining momentum, along with the popularity of their original mini-film/music video for the EP's first single, "Gypsy Jane." See what the talk is about in a show this weekend that also features a "100 mph performance" by Jordan Hallquist and The Outfit.
When: Sunday. Sept. 2, 9 p.m.
Where: The Honest Pint
How much: Call venue at 423-468-4192
Soul Mechanic live concert taping
The local progressive funk outfit is recording their first full-length live album, and you're invited. Audio and video will be recorded of the entire performance that promises rock and soul grooves that are "heavy on bass and light on the heart." Get ready to dance and be a part of a new milestone for these local innovators.
When: Sunday, Sept. 2, 9 p.m.
Where: Rhythm & Brews
How much: $5
Updated @ 2:41 p.m. on 08/29/12 to change the name of one of the accompanying performers at the '90s Show as a change in the schedule was announced.