BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I think we both agree that one of the best things about this job is getting to meet a lot of people doing cool things. The best is when we get to meet someone at the beginning of their career and then follow them as they do great things.
Kane Brown fits that category for me. Two years ago, he was a 21-year-old hoping to sing a few songs that people might listen to. Today he is an up-and-coming country star with a new record out, and he's touring with Jason Aldean.
He returns to his North Georgia roots on Saturday for a show at the Northwest Georgia Amphitheatre in Ringgold.
LISA DENTON: That show's a nice new diversion for the Labor Day weekend, which is usually all about barbecue and county fairs. This is a new partnership involving US101, IHeartRadio, Friends of the Festival and the Catoosa County government.
The opening act is Walker McGuire, which sounds like a solo act but is actually the duo of Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire. And fiddle-dee-dee, their single "'Til Tomorrow" has a lyric that's pure Scarlett O'Hara: "I'll worry about the morning in the morning."
BARRY: Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? Probably not what they mean, but that motto has worked for me for a long time.
The second in the free Levitt Amp series at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center is Thursday as well, and if you like smooth music, Masego is the artist for you. He plays traphouse jazz, which can also be described as chillstep electronica or bounce trip hop. That last one could be describing me after a couple of Manhattans.
LISA: I don't know about traphouse jazz, but I do have a pair of trapdoor long johns. If it wasn't so hot, I'd wear them to the show.
Since Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, we also have to say goodbye to a few things. The Chattanooga Lookouts begin the last home stretch of the regular season on Thursday against the Montgomery Biscuits. Lake Winnepesaukah will pull the plug on the SoakYa water park next Monday, although the amusement park will still be open weekends. And Rock City will end its Summer Music Weekends, which has had Matt Downer, Amber Carrington, Martin & Durham, Highbeams and Tarryn Aimee Smith playing since Memorial Day weekend. That seems so long ago.
BARRY: Goodbye to summer, and hello to fall festivals. Our own Susan Pierce is busy at work compiling the area's most comprehensive guide to festival season. It will be is Sunday's paper, so folks will want to pick up a copy. It's another really long list.
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This story was updated Aug. 28 at 6: 50 p.m. to replace Catoosa County Economic Development Authority with Catoosa County government in the fourth graph.