published Monday, August 25th, 2014

Get Off The Couch: Food, music, Ultimate highlight calendar

LISA DENTON: Barry, you know one of my favorite reasons to get off the couch is to sit down to dinner, and this week I can do it for a great cause — ‘cause I’m hungry.

Thursday has been designated as the next Dine Out for Disaster Relief benefit, and a bunch of local restaurants will donate a portion of their sales that day to the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee.

BARRY COURTER: Few things will get me off the couch quicker than supper. The only thing better is when Kelley brings it to me on the couch. That’s what I call a perfect marriage. In more ways than one. Dine Out Diaster Relief is a neat event, and kudos to them for doing it.

LISA: The only problem is deciding where to go. I haven’t seen the full list yet, but when they did this in March there were 20 places in Chattanooga and Cleveland participating. We should have the list in Thursday’s edition of ChattanoogaNow, and any restaurants that want to take part should call 423-265-3455 to sign on.

BARRY: I want to mention an event going on tonight at the Cumberland County Fair, if only because I love the name. Phil Dirt and the Dozers will be performing. That’s a good one.

LISA: One of my favorite names, and apparently a pretty good vintage rock’n’roll band. The fair brings them back every year. And Mandy Barnett will sing Tuesday night. She’s a Crossville, Tenn., native who won acclaim starring in “Always … Patsy Cline” at the Ryman Auditorium.

And that’s not all of her accomplishments. The list is too long to go into here, but not only did Rolling Stone name her sophomore album, “I’ve Got a Right to Cry,” the top country album of 1999, but she sang on a 2006 SpongeBob SquarePants CD, “The Best Day Ever.” That’s a fairly eclectic resumé.

BARRY: And our friends over at Camp Jordan have a new event planned for this Saturday. The inaugural Camp Jordan Jams will start at 7 p.m. with Nashville up-and-comer Travis Dukes taking the stage. They also have Jams planned for Sept. 20 and Oct. 18. The shows are free and folks are encouraged to bring a blanket or a chair. That’s a pretty nice stage and venue out there, and I’m glad to see it being used.

On Saturday and Sunday they also are hosting the annual Shawn Adams Memorial Ultimate Tournament for ultimate Frisbee enthusiasts. I knew Shawn a little bit, and he was a super-nice guy.

LISA: I know him only by reputation as a founding father of Chattanooga’s Ultimate Frisbee community. He lived for the game and died for the game, the result of a lightning strike while playing in 1994 in Nashville. His friends hold the tournament every year in his memory and, if it’s time for the tournament, we must be coming up on Labor Day weekend. If that’s not a sign that summer is slipping away, then consider that Friday is the last Nightfall concert of the season. Sigh.

BARRY: Yowza. That’s hard to believe. Riverfront Nights gets going again after taking a week off for the Southern Brewers Festival. Jam band Big Something is the headliner Saturday at Ross’s Landing, so there is still free music to be had downtown.

Get event details every Thursday in ChattanoogaNow or online anytime at

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281. Contact Barry Courter at or 423-757-6354.

about Barry Courter...

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 ...

about Lisa Denton...

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

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