It always amazes me what heat Chattanoogans will endure to see Riverbend’s great live music. Though tonight looks to be just as hot, the festivals bands will more than make summer sun suffering worthwhile.
Two music giants play tonight: America, famous for “A Horse with No Name” and The Ohio Players, famous for “Love Rollercoaster.”
But mixed in with these greats are some equally exciting acts.
Among all the great blues bands that Riverbend hosts, this year’s best may be Nick Moss & The Flip Tops. The Chicago-based band is a 12-time Blues Music Award nominee. That’s no small accomplishment. The music is tight with a chameleon-like sound to reach a wide range of moods. On top of that, Nick Moss’s vocals channel Jimi Hendrix.
For those looking for a great singer-songwriter, go see Angel Snow. Please. The Nashville-based indie folk songster culls left-of-center influences — ranging from Otis Redding to Robert Smith (of the Cure) — into beautiful, fragile folk.
Meanwhile, Trombone Shorty will be playing soulful New Orleans funk. He lists influences from Lil’ Wayne to Aerosmith, while managing to keep close to his funk roots.
So go on out and brave the heat. You will surely be rewarded.
E-mail Ben Doak at firstname.lastname@example.org