BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I understand you got a little church at the Gaither show. How was it?
LISA DENTON: It was four hours of incredible singing and humor. Bill Gaither sure knows how to put on a show.
One of the highlights was when gospel pioneer Calvin Newton from Lookout Mountain came onstage after intermission and showed how he can still hit the high notes at 82. I’ve gone the last two years, and I’ll go again the next time it rolls into town.
I’ll tell you something else I intend to do: See the Harlem Globetrotters play. Or maybe the word is “perform.” I’ve interviewed members of the team before, but I’ve never had the chance to see a game, except for the days of Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal on television. I loved watching those guys when I was growing up.
BARRY: I’ve seen them several times over the years, and it is a really fun, and funny, show. Meadowlark was a true showman. How he could hit those hook shots from the upper balcony is still a mystery.
The team will be down in Dalton tonight at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center. They have a young woman named TNT on the squad. She’s actually the ninth female Globetrotter, which is kind of cool.
Plus, they have that great theme song.
LISA: I don’t think I have enough air to whistle “Sweet Georgia Brown” in its entirety. The theme to “The Andy Griffith Show” is closer to my time limit, but I do love the song.
If you want something of a more classical nature, you should check out “Beethoven’s Last Night” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The show stops Wednesday at Memorial Auditorium as part of its final run of dates.
Oh, and country cutie Jake Owen will be at Track 29 on Saturday.
BARRY: I’ll take your word on his cuteness.
The TSO show should be a good one. Founder Paul O’Neill has been delivering on his goal of making over-the-top progressive rock for more than two decades. The shows are full of lots of pyrotechnics, lasers and other trippy effects. Probably a lot like you saw at the Gaither show.
LISA: The trippiest effect was probably Bill Gaither’s hair. If you don’t believe me, you can ask Mark Lowry. Besides, with the kind of talent that was assembled onstage, you don’t need the flashy stuff.
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 ...
Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.