Nightfall with Polyrhythmics, Opposite Box
Nightfall is officially back for a season of 15 Friday night concerts. The annual summer concert series begins Friday with Seattle-based funk band Polyrhythmics. Chattanooga's Opposite Box will open the show. Admission is always free, and music begins at 7 p.m., followed by the headliner at 8. Organizers will debut the Rock the Block party at 5 p.m. near the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Click here for more information.
When: 5–9:45 p.m.
Where: 850 Market St.
How much: Free
26th annual Boxcar Pinion Bluegrass Festival
The weather will be perfect for this weekend's 26th annual Boxcar Pinion Bluegrass Festival at the Raccoon Mountain Campground. Created in 1990 to honor their father—Boxcar Pinion—sisters Cindy, Inez and Ruth wanted to find a way to gather friends, and celebrate the music and people their family loves. Legendary bluegrass performers such as Norman Blake and Fletcher Bright will be performing. Click here for more information and to view the complete schedule.
When: Friday, May 6, 12–11 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Where: 319 West Hills Drive
How much: $30 for Friday and $35 for Saturday
In celebration of the famous Glenn Miller version of "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel will host an all-day event Saturday with parties, live music and more throughout the complex. The day will also mark the official dedication of the 2-acre rose garden at the complex, which will be renamed Glenn Miller Gardens. Click here for more information.
When: Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Where: 1400 Market St.
How much: Varies
Homers for Heroes at AT&T Field
Homers for Heroes features 16 local companies competing in an afternoon home run derby at AT&T Field on Saturday. Proceeds will benefit Nathan Sexton, a local father and husband who is battling an aggressive brain tumor. The derby is from 12 to 5 p.m., and only one team will win. Admission is $5 online or $10 at the door, but additional donations will be accepted during the event. Former Atlanta Braves slugger Ryan Klesko will be swinging for the fences during batting practice and signing autographs throughout the afternoon.
When: Saturday, May 7, 12–5 p.m.
Where: 201 Power Alley
How much: $5 online or $10 at the door
Undaground Pizza Party
Instead of using an online fundraising platform to help raise money, the folks at Undaground have instead decided to throw a pizza party. When it's launched, Undaground will be a 24/7 streaming online radio platform highlighting all aspects of the community and local music. The Undaground Pizza Party will take place at Revelry Room on Saturday night with music from Jesse Jungkurth and the Patron Haints, Paradiso Music, I Can Japan, Dalahäst and more. Lupi's Pizza will provide the pies and Chattanooga Whiskey will bring the drinks. Click here for more information.
When: Saturday, May 7, 9 p.m.
Where: 41 E. 14th St.
How much: $8–$10