The Palace Picture House is located at 818 Georgia Ave. (Photo: Ashley Day)

A new monthly showcase of talent will debut this month to bring together Chattanooga artists, musicians and filmmakers.

Chattanooga Scenes will be Sept. 23 from 8 to 11 p.m. at The Palace Picture House. Admission is $5.

The event strives to bring together the “scenes” that already exist in the city, with the idea to create interesting connections between them, both creatively and professionally.


“For years, there has been a need to grow and develop stronger personal and professional relationships between the local visual arts, film and music communities,” event creator Joshua Pickard said. “My hope is that Chattanooga Scenes can act as a bridge for these communities.”

But even if the event was created with networking in mind, the evening will also provide a smorgasbord of local entertainment.

Musical performances include Rye Baby, Swayyvo and Dead Testaments. In addition, a local theater troupe called The Sickofants Ensemble will perform.

Artist Tony Mraz—who offers signature chalk tributes to celebrities at Aretha Frankenstein’s—will have artwork for sale.

Hip-Hop CHA and Make Music Chattanooga will offer information on how to become involved in both organizations during the event. Likewise, the Chattanooga Music Clinic will provide insight into the local music scene and advice on how to further your music career.

The Palace Picture House will screen silent films as a backdrop to the musical performances.

Beer specials will be offered.

Pickard said Chattanooga Scenes is expected to be a monthly event. More details will be announced soon. 

“If we can create and sustain a unified arts atmosphere, then we can provide the necessary support system for all the artists, musicians and moviemakers breathing life into Chattanooga,” he said.