Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival is next weekend and features a diverse lineup of wide-ranging musical talent. There are many fantastic artists on the bill, but below are just a few we cannot wait to see right by the Tennessee River.
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Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew: Remain in Light: Original Talking Heads member Jerry Harrison and noted touring member Adrian Belew (also of King Crimson) have announced that they will bring their popular ‘Remain In Light’ concert on the road throughout the US this winter, in celebration of the band’s iconic 1980 record. The tour they are on finds Harrison and Belew performing songs from this monumental period of the band’s history alongside a powerhouse band Cool Cool Cool, which includes former members of Turkuaz, Julie Slick on bass, and Yahuba Garcia-Torres on percussion.
Amos Lee: The Philadelphia native singer-songwriter will be the perfect early evening set on Friday night, with songs like “Colors” and “Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight” that have a warm, approachable vibe that will be perfect as the sun sets over the Tennessee River.
Lucius: Lead by vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, this indie pop band draws listeners in with their whimsical and downtempo songs amongst a flurry of catchy melodies.
Blackberry Smoke: Atlanta’s Blackberry Smoke are the quintessential rock ‘n’ roll band if you need a little southern goodness in your musical diet. Throughout their career, the band has put together some infectious studio material to a legion of faithful fans that long for the days when the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Waylon Jennings, and Little Feat were musical mainstays. They have found a way to perfectly balance the distorted, Delta blues boogie that is rooted in the Seventies with some of the accessible lyrical themes of country music.
Goose: Goose is having meteoric rise in the jam band scene, but their sound takes root in the indie sphere as well. For those even loosely aware of them, be sure to see them live. This is definitely a rare opportunity to catch them in an early evening slot, they will likely be headlining festivals soon!
Mavis Staples: True legend of The Staples Singers that has seen it all: from singing at JFK’s inauguration, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to inspiring the likes of Bob Dylan and Prince.
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats: Nathaniel Rateliff is one of the great modern songwriters with a truly unique voice and quality catalogue of tunes. Expect a rousing Saturday night headlining performance with his band the Night Sweats performing in the Tennessee moonlight.
Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade: After a 20-year break, Primus singer / bassist Les Claypool is taking Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade is back and features Sean Lennon on guitar (Johh Lennon’s son), Harry Waters on keys, and Paolo Baldi on drums, along with longtime cohorts Skerik on saxophone, and Mike Dillon on percussion. If it is like other shows on their tour, expect a full performance of Pink Floyd’s iconic album, Animals.
Big Boi: Bonafide rap royalty as member of OutKast alongside Andre 3000, Big Boi is simply the man. If it is anything like times we have seen him perform in the past, expect a mix of OutKast tunes and solo stuff, and just a fantastic time. We are also crossing our fingers that he sits in with Goose (they played “So Fresh and So Clean” at a festival last year).
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: New Orleans trombone legend Trombone Shorty always brings the heat at a festival with a set that will get fans on their feet and dancing to the good timin’ brass. In fact, for many years he has closed the famous Jazz Fest in Nola, so he will no doubt be a fantastic closer for Riverbend.
Maren Morris: Morris has a modern spin on country, with a fantastic accompanying band that includes Ben Lewis on guitar. We look forward to seeing her as a headliner on Friday night.
Check out their playlist below: