The legendary Hank Williams Jr. will open Riverbend 2018. (Photo: Contributed)

Christmas arrived a few days early for music fans in Chattanooga when Friends of the Festival announced the first scheduled performances for Riverbend 2018.

All the rowdy friends will be “coming over” on opening night when Hank Williams Jr. performs on the Coke stage at 9:30 p.m. June 8 to kick off the festival.

In addition, several other performers were announced: Delbert McClinton June 15, Mitch Rossell June 10, Gangstagrass June 8 and The Shadowboxers June 15.


Riverbend will take place on Chattanooga’s Riverfront June 8–16. More announcements are expected soon.

Williams will perform hits such as “There’s a Tear in My Beer,” “Good Ol’ Boys,” “Family Tradition” and “A Country Boy Can Survive.”

Watch Williams perform “Just Call Me Hank” below.

General admission tickets go on sale Jan. 1.

Guests can also sign up for the Riverbend VIP experience for $220 per ticket, which is good for all eight days of the festival and allows access to a cash bar, catering, private restrooms, a parking pass and more.