published Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Grammy nominee Bobby Rush to headline Bessie Smith Strut

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    Grammy nominee Bobby Rush coming to Chattanooga to headline Bessie Smith Strut.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Grammy nominee Bobby Rush will headline this year's Bessie Smith Strut, according to an announcement officials at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, which is again teaming with Friends of the Festival to produce the event.

Also performing will be roots rock 'n' roller Nikki Hill, funk artist Andy Allo, blues artists Big James and the Chicago Playboys and the Rusty Wright Band and Boukou Groove (with Donnie Sundal and Derwin “Big D” Perkins).

Rush is a musical pioneer, musician, guitarist, singer and songwriter. He will perform on the Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Stage at 8:35 p.m.

Tickets are $7 in advance (through June 6) or with a Riverbend pin, and $10 at the gate without a pin. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the following outlets: Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. MLK.; Champy’s, 526 E. MLK.; Maggie G's, 400 E. MLK.; JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK.; Roshanna’s Hair & Beauty Bar, 320 E. MLK; Chatt Smokehouse, 416 E. MLK; online at; and at area Kangaroo stores beginning May 9.

For more information, visit or call 423.266.8658.

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 ...

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