Four of Chattanooga's most enduring and endearing live music acts will perform April 27 at Engel Stadium part of the sixth annual American Dream Concert to benefit veterans and UTC's College of Business Veterans Entrepreneurship Program.
Roger Alan Wade, Overland Express, Jimmy Tawater and The Power Players will perform beginning at 6 p.m. The latter is the newest of the four groups as the other three have performed locally since at least the 1970s.
While all have played locally for years, this is the first time they will share the same stage but say this was the perfect way to honor our hometown veterans.
"We are incredibly privileged to play for a cause benefiting true American heroes," said Johnny Smith of the Power Players.
"We have two Army veterans in the band as well as family members that currently serve. This, coupled with playing with our local and legendary musicians in a venue with so much history, is an over-the-top opportunity. We are beyond excited to play a rare public show in our hometown for our veterans."
Tawater added, "My dad was in the U.S. Army, 4th Cavalry during the Battle of the Bulge. It is indeed a special privilege to be chosen to play this concert with my friends and colleagues in an effort to honor those soldiers, sailors, Airmen and Marines both past and present for their service to our nation."
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Business VEP is one of only four programs in the country to provide veterans the opportunity to translate past military knowledge and skillsets into valuable entrepreneurial skills. Through online education and "boot camp" style classes, veterans develop practical professional capabilities as they prepare to launch or grow their own businesses. Learn more at www.utc.edu/vep.
Tickets, which are $20, are available now at www.riverbendfestival.com and will be available at the gate.
The event is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, SunTrust, Food City, Nature Films Network, March Adams & Associates, Inc. , Barnett & Company, Coca Cola Bottling Company of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Allergy Clinic, Sanofi, Chattanooga Labeling Systems, and media partners Chattanooga Times Free Press and KZ106.