Contemporary Christian rock band Mercy Me will headline Family Night during this year’s Riverbend Festival, according to Sallie Beckes, marketing and publicity coordinator.
Also performing that night will be Tabernacle, Elijah James, Vince Stalling and Erin Lutz.
Mercy Me is perhaps best known for hits “I Can Only Imagine,” “Here With Me,” “In the Blink of an Eye,” “So Long Self” and “Hold Fast.”
The Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning band will perform on the Coca-Cola Stage on June 10.
Riverbend’s Family night is sponsored by the Christian Business Community and Little Debbie Snacks. It takes place on Tuesday during the festival and utilizes fewer stages. No alcohol is sold during the evening.
“Family Night has become a real important part of Riverbend,” Executive Director Chip Baker said.
Riverbend is scheduled June 6-14. Advance discounted pins go on sale April 28 at area Mapco Mart locations. New this year will be “Click ‘n Print” admissions, which will be available soon on the festival Web site at www.riverbendfestival.com.
Patrons can purchase admission online and print out a form that is redeemable at the front gate for a pin, according to Mr. Baker.
“It’s just another benefit to our customers,” he said.
Previously announced artists include ZZ Top, The Black Crowes, Josh Turner, America with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, Anthony Hamilton, The Ohio Players, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Alex Chilton, Joe Bonamassa, Railroad Earth and David Bromberg.
Reserved Star Seating tickets are available for Coca-Cola Stage artists. Call (423) 756-2211 to “save your seat.”
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...