Road to Nightfall
Thirty bands will compete in the 2017 Road to Nightfall competition. Two of the five preliminary rounds will take place this weekend at Granfalloon. Preliminary rounds will feature six or seven bands each night, with the winners moving on to the finals March 25. The winner of the Road to Nightfall competition will receive an opportunity to perform a 90-minute set during the 2017 Nightfall season. Friday's lineup features Walrus, Heatherly, Sam Killed the Bear, Genki Genki Panic, Stone Cold Fox and Afternooners. Saturday's lineup features Napoleon Cummings, Ashley and the X's, The Courtney Holder Band, I Can Japan, Over Easy and Caney Village.
When: Friday–Saturday, March 10–11, 8 p.m.
Where: 400 E. Main St.
How much: $10
Chattanooga Lookouts FanFest
The Chattanooga Lookouts will not begin season play until April, but eager fans can gather at the annual FanFest at AT&T Field Saturday. Now in its fifth year, FanFest marks the first day of single-game ticket sales. Tickets for all 70 home games will be available for purchase in person at the ticket office. Fans will also have the chance to take photos on the field and purchase discounted team merchandise. Those who want to audition to sing the national anthem at a home game this season can do so from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More information is here.
When: Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: 201 Power Alley
How much: Free
Songbirds Guitar Museum Street Festival
A street festival will celebrate the grand opening of Chattanooga's Songbirds Guitar Museum, the "premier private collection of rare guitars in the world." Located at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, the museum boasts the largest private collection of rare vintage guitars anywhere. Admission to the festival is free. Songbirds will be open the entire weekend as part of the celebrations. General admission tickets are $18.95 for adults, $11.95 for children 5–12, and $15.95 for students, seniors and those with a valid military ID. Click here for ticketing information.
When: Saturday, March 11, 12–5 p.m.
Where: Station Street
How much: Free
Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers' Convention
The Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers' Convention returns this weekend for the eighth consecutive year. Fiddlers, dancers, singers and historians will gather at Lindsay Street Hall Saturday at noon. Admission is $10 at the door, and children under 6 are admitted free. Electric instruments are forbidden, but acoustic musicians are encouraged to participate in a variety of jam sessions and contests. Click here for more information.
When: Saturday, March 11, 12 p.m.
Where: 901 Lindsay St.
How much: $10
Greensky Bluegrass at Track 29
No strangers to Chattanooga, Greensky Bluegrass has performed at the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival, Southern Brewers Festival and Track 29. The band returns to Track 29 for a Sunday evening performance. Greensky Bluegrass performs two sets of music each show, with a "big light show" and a large-scale production. The idea, according to guitarist Dave Bruzza, is to "cultivate an experience where people can escape from their everyday lives for a minute and put their worries aside." Admission is $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the show. Click here for ticketing information. Watch the band perform Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City" below.
When: Sunday, March 12, 8 p.m.
Where: 1400 Market St.
How much: $20–$25