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Barry Courter

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Q: Dad, you've always stressed to us the importance of looking someone in the eye and shaking their hand, especially older people we might have met somewhere. Why?

Bonnaroo 2014 is in the rear-view mirror, and on a lot of levels, it was a great time.

Do you find yourself craving salty chips or crackers?

Seventy-five minutes before "Xanadu" opens in Chattanooga, director Scott Dunlap is anxious and fidgety. Everything seems done.

Watch a video taken by Kayla Lea from a helicopter flying above this past weekend's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Each of the four days that make up the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which concluded Sunday night, has its own vibe and feeling.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I was just looking at some of the events coming up and noticed that we have two former "American Idol" contestants set to perform here Saturday.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Walking the 700 acres that make up the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is all that most people need to understand how big the festival site is, but the iconic Ferris wheel offers a different perspective.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Playing in the inaugural Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in 2002 was the musical equivalent of competing in the biggest football game of them all, says Umphrey's McGee band member Jake Cinninger.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Thursday is primarily moving-in day at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and in recent years, more and more fans have shown up early, excited to get inside and check things out.

Break out the tie-dye outfits for this evening.

Weather and traffic problems are nothing new for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, which gets underway today in Manchester, Tenn., but heavy rains leading up to the four-day event are making just getting people into the site a little trickier.

One of the things I will be paying attention to at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, my eighth, is the growing VIP offerings.

Q: Dad, what are your thoughts on pets?

This is a personal pick just because I like him. I like his music, and I like who he is.

She dresses like Prince and plays a little guitar as well. Her band sounds like Tower of Power meets Parliament and, for her appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” she enlisted the services of a couple of guys named Trombone Shorty and Maceo Parker.

LISA DENTON: Barry, we’re three nights into Riverbend, with six more to go, including tonight’s Bessie Smith Strut along M.L. King Boulevard and a show by Bobby Rush at Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Then it’s back to the riverfront for Coke Stage headliners TobyMac, Boston, Justin Moore, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Young the Giant.

Judi Ann Hostetter had been going to the North River Civic Center every Monday morning for a painting session for quite some time, so center manager Linda Rugina knew Hostetter had talent from her drawings.

One day back in 1986, Todd Nance was about to head out the front door of his Atlanta apartment, on his way to his night school drafting class.

If you're going to Chattanooga's biggest party, be sure to wear the ribbon on your wrist. Instead of the classic and collectible admission pins — miniatures of the annual poster — festivalgoers this year will wear high-tech wristbands.

Country star Gary Allan has a simple request of record label owners when it comes to his recording projects.

DJs T-Rx and Moonchild earned the right to perform simultaneously at the Silent Disco, a new feature at the festival, via a competition at JJs Bohemia in April.

Q: Dad, why are some people so critical?

The lion’s share of attention during Riverbend is directed toward the nationally known musical acts that play there, but it’s a big deal for local musicians as well.

"Xanadu," the silly musical production based on the equally campy 1980 movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, opens Friday, June 6, in the Circle Theatre at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

• BARRY SAYS: Kelley and I both love trying new things when it comes to food, whether it's a new dish or a completely new type of food. I've wanted to try making our own sausage since watching Julia Child do on television years ago.

For muralist Ali Kay, being one of five artists in the first phase of the McCallie Walls Mural Project is a chance to do something she’s never done: Create a mural completely her own. Most of her work is done in homes or businesses for customers.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I don’t think I mentioned it to you, but I got to see Scotty McCreery from “American Idol” last week at US101’s High Noon Saloon at Chattanooga Billiard Club East. A friend had an extra ticket (thanks, Cori) and another friend had extra seats at her VIP table (thanks, Mona).

Q: Dad, what are your thoughts on home do-it-yourself projects?

Recent McCallie School graduate Thomas West will be heading off to the Juilliard School to study classical voice in the coming weeks, and before that he will head to Washington to perform at the Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Keith Sherman was a fixture on the local music scene for decades. His deep, beautiful vocals were matched by his talent for telling a story with passion and believability.

Over the last 20 years, the Barking Legs Theater has earned a reputation as a great place to perform. It's also known as an intimate place to see a favorite act. But it does have its quirks, like having to go outside to get to a bathroom during a show.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, first, happy Memorial Day, and I hope you are enjoying your day off. I don’t know what you planned to do this week, but there is a mustache, I mean a band, playing at JJ’s Bohemia on Wednesday that is worth checking out.

For centuries, wood was the go-to material when it came to windows.

Q: Dad, where is a good place to get advice or to learn how to do something?

The 2014 Riverfront Nights schedule will feature some funk/metal, rock, a little country and an iconic ’80s band.

When you see or hear the name Metallica, you kind of know it's a metal band. Just as you know before hearing the first note that New Kids on the Block is going to be a contrived pop band.

Warehouse Row and the city are getting a new restaurant. Nashville-based Two Ten Jacks, an izakaya and ramen house, will open its second location there in the basement food-court area.

What's the deal with Jerry Seinfeld coming back to Chattanooga to perform?

Poe's Tavern, originally built in what would be called Poe's Crossing (eventually Daisy and later Soddy-Daisy), has been an important landmark in the area for almost 200 years.

LISA DENTON: Barry, we need to mosey down to Nightfall on Friday. And I say "mosey" for a reason.

It is a commonly held belief that the best way to sell a home, especially an unoccupied one, is to stage it with furniture to give potential buyers an idea of what it could look like.

JAY: Barry, with all the hubbub this week about Tommy John surgeries and then a high school kid throwing 194 pitches in a 14-inning appearance, let's talk about pitching arms.

After 19 years as a single-day event, the Southern Brewer's Festival at Ross's Landing is adding a second day with more beer and more music.

Q: Dad, it looks I will be traveling for the company I work for. Any tips?

The light and glow that emanates from the faces of the three teen artists is almost as bright as the colors in the shapes and figures on the 300-square-foot mural they helped create.

Did you ever wonder why Riverbend doesn't book Paul McCartney? Or Arcade Fire?

A co-worker has been singing the praises of the Fresh Pot Cafe on Highway 153 in Hixson for several weeks. “Great food and a lot of it,” he’s repeated many times.

In the old days -- a decade or so ago -- filmmakers like Jeff Corwin would have to haul a million dollars worth of equipment to some remote place and then spend months, even years, in post-production to get a finished film.

BARRY COURTER: First, I hear there will be a new Granny Denton in the Soddy-Daisy area. Congratulations. The original was just that, I understand. Quite a character.

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