Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Eric Church and Jimmy Harris

Eric Church To Headline Coke Stage Opening Night At Riverbend!

Friday, November 11, 2011 - by Bob Payne
Bob Payne
Bob Payne
- photo by E. Church

First things first – Eric Church is coming to Riverbend for opening night on the Coke stage Friday, June 8. He was featured Thursday night at the CMA awards as a nominee for Best New Artist. Coming off two top ten country singles, Church will actually be making his second appearance on the Coke stage at Riverbend. A few years ago, he opened – for about 15 minutes – for Hank Williams, Jr. Now, he is the headliner and I would expect a rowdy, fun show next June at Riverbend.

More Riverbend news! Remember Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen? That's right - Hot Rod Lincoln! (And Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette) They will be appearing on the Unum Stage Saturday, June 9. Look for more announcements soon.

Last week, I wrote about the Monday Night Big Band and promised to write about Jimmy Harris this week. Jimmy plays the piano in the Coconut Room at the Palms at Hamilton each Tuesday through Saturday nights. I like Jimmy Harris. He has been playing a long time and is a real pro. He does many of the piano standards from Sinatra and others, but also covers several Tony Joe White songs and a few more obscure artists, too. He has a great voice and interacts well with the crowd. I would imagine Jimmy could probably handle almost any request after decades of playing to appreciative audiences. They have no cover charge for the Coconut Room, it is non-smoking, but you can wander into the lounge and smoke if you so desire. They also have a full menu for dinner and appetizers. (Try the prime rib strips if you don’t want a full dinner)

The 8th Annual Normal-Palooza happens this Saturday at the Upper School, 1219 W. Mississippi Ave. Look for the New Binkley Brothers to kick it off at 10 a.m., followed by Uncle Lightning, Tristen, Machines Are People Too, Moonlight Bride, and Kingston Springs. In addition, they will have several food vendors serving all day.

The pick-o-the-weekend is Janella Hayes and Black Cat Moon, appearing Friday & Saturday nights at Sugars BBQ downtown. If you haven’t heard Janella sing, you really should this weekend. It is unbelievable.

The pick-o-the-week is one of my faves, Sweet Georgia Sound – at the Chattanooga Market this Sunday. Free show, family friendly, and way good!

For more fun, local music action, and info, try City Night Scope, or Chattanooga Entertainers. They both have great local music info and schedules. For local info on Country music, try Jim Boles’ site here.

Live in Chattanooga!
Thursday, November 10
Barking Legs Theater – Joy Kills Sorrow
Sugar’s BBQ Downtown – Writers Night, featuring Dalton Roberts, Nathan Rothgery, Anthony Quails, Vic Burgess, and featured BMI hitmaker Chas Sandford
The Palms – Jimmy Harris, Summer Hullender
Honest Pint – Great Barrier Reefs (Nashville) and Vapor Lock
Spectaters – Husky Burnette
Market Street Tavern – Jordan Hallquist
Las Margaritas Cleveland – Collins Brothers Band
Acoustic Café - Maddy
Angelos – Jerry Fordham

Friday, November 11
Barking Legs Theater – Jason Capps
American Legion # 95 Ringgold Rd – Silver Creek
The Foundry – Kathy Tugman
Southside Saloon – Barron Wilson Band
Track 29 – Warren Haynes
Bud’s Sportsbar – Soul Survivor
T-Bones – Michelle Young & Pontiac Blue
Top of the Dock – Queen B & the Well Strung Band
Bart’s Lakeshore – Danger Kitty
The Office – Jordan Hallquist
JJ’s Bohemia – The Winter Sounds
Mosaic – Josh Gilbert
Acoustic Café Ringgold – Bounty Hunter
The Social – Rick Rushing & the Blues Strangers
Tremont Tavern – Live Music
Sugar’s Downtown – Black Cat Moon
Rhythm & Brews – Space Capone, Delta Saints
The Palms- Jimmy Harris, Smooth Jazz,

Saturday, November 12
Charles & Myrtles – Granville Automatic
The Foundry – Kathy Tugman
Camp House – Darren Johnson Effort, John Truitt Band, Bentwood, Soul Mechanic
Sugar’s BBQ – Black Cat Moon
The Social – Rosedale Remedy
Snookers – Live Music
JJ’s Bohemia – Long Gone Darlings, Tristen
Southside Saloon – Scenic City Soul Review
Market Street Tavern – Function
Rhythm & Brews – Downstream, Deep Sleeze, Faretheewell
The Palms – Jimmy Harris, Smooth Jazz

Sunday, November 13
Summitt Piano – NPR Radio’s Judy Carmichael in concert
Chattanooga Market – Sweet Georgia Sound
Top of the Dock – Tim Lewis
Honest Pint – The Secret Commonwealth
Snookers – Jerry Fordham

Mon, November 14
Market Street Tavern – Old Tyme Players
The Camp House – Blues Night with Lon Eldridge
The Palms at Hamilton – Big Band Night

Tues, November 15
Tremont Tavern – Open Mike w/ Mike McDade
The Palms at Hamilton – Jimmy Harris, Queen B & The Well Strung Band
Southside Saloon – Troy Underwood

Wed, November 16
Sugar’s BBQ Downtown – Roger Alan Wade
Las Margaritas Riverview – Priscilla and Little Rickee
Market Street Tavern – Ben Friberg Trio
Bud’s Sportsbar – Arlo Gilliam
The Palms – Jimmy Harris, Prime Cut Trio
Honest Pint – Microdahts reunion show with Thee Something Brothers

Email Bob Payne at davrik2000@yahoo.com or click here for Facebook Page.


Another Successful Annual Training For HHB, 1-181st

The soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1-181st Field Artillery Regiment returned to their home station armory in Chattanooga after completing a successful annual training exercise at Volunteer Training Site – Tullahoma.   During the course of the two week annual training the soldiers of HHB, 1-181st, commanded by CPT Justin G. Woodward and 1SG Danny Duncan, ... (click for more)

Sankofa Fund For Civic Engagement Announces First Grantees

The Sankofa Fund for Civic Engagement, a local philanthropic fund started by a group of twenty community-minded African American young professionals, announced Friday the recipients of their first three grants. Each organization will receive $1,000 to assist them in doing their work. Spring/Summer Recipients: Journey Educational Service s: The mission of Journey Educational ... (click for more)

CBL & Associates Stockholder Accuses Chattanooga-Based Mall Owner Of Security Fraud

A stockholder of CBL & Associates is suing the Chattanooga-based mall owner in Chattanooga Federal Court, claiming its officials artificially inflated the value of the company's stock. Tommy French, of Baton Rouge, La., brought the action against CBL, President Stephen Lebovitz and Vice President Farzana Mitchell. He claims that CBL officials made false and misleading ... (click for more)

Carmody Found Guilty Of First-Degree Felony Murder; Sentenced To Life In Prison

Patrick Carmody was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of first-degree felony murder and especially aggravated robbery in Judge Barry Steelman’s courtroom on Friday. He was charged with the slaying of 21-year-old Chance LeCroy on Sept. 9, 2010. The state’s account of the incident claimed that Carmody, Ronald Pittman, and Billy Bob Partin traveled ... (click for more)

Case Handled Like Any Other? - And Response

It is interesting that Chief Fletcher would deem the handling of the Mayor's encounter as typical or normal. Is the Chief asking the public to believe that all misdemeanor domestic violence arrests include a 4-hour taped interrogation, and delayed reporting after a visit to the Chief’s house. Of course, we believe that Chief Fletcher. April Eidson * * *  I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Best Speech This Year

Just 24 hours after Donovan Livingston gave The Student’s Speech at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education convocation on Wednesday, it had been viewed over 3 million times and shared 75,000 times on Facebook. It is already considered, far and away, as the freshest view on race and education in ages and its viral journey is burning across the Internet. His talk was ... (click for more)