It has been said a lot lately, but is worth repeating again: It is a great time to be a live-music lover in Chattanooga. From staple and rejuvenated venues to newer venues and music series, live music is all around us.
Festivals are a great way to ignite the excitement for live music, and while November is not normally known for such events, there are two new festivals coming to the Chattanooga area this month.
The theme of each couldn't be more distinct.
First, the Forever Bluegrass Fall Festival is happening the first weekend of November at Mountain Cove Farms in Chickamauga, Georgia. This festival is being put on by the folks that bring the annual Boxcar Pinion Bluegrass Festival to Raccoon Mountain each spring. With loads of regional and local bluegrass bands on the schedule, the three-day festival is headlined by the Darrell Webb Band on Friday, Nov. 3 (named for the Grammy-nominated front man); and the Lonesome River Band on Saturday, Nov. 4.
Then, on Saturday, Nov. 18, Hip-Hop CHA has put together the first Chattanooga Hip-Hop Festival. Taking place at the Revelry Room and throughout the Chattanooga Choo Choo campus, there is an entire day planned with open-participant interactive workshops, dance lessons, dance parties, DJ battles and performances from some of Chattanooga's most talented emcees, including YGTUT and The House, Kay B Brown, JFlo, C-Grimey, soCro, Marley Fox, Swayyvo and Floami Fly, among many, many others.
New Music Playlist: genre-crossing tunes we recommend you add to your music library:
"Lost John" by Darrell Webb Band
"O Me O My" by Son Little
"It's a Shame" by First Aid Kit
"I'm Not the Devil" by Ward Davis
"Mayhayley's House" by Lonesome River Band
"Drinkin' Problem" by Midland
"Ready" by Hael
"Wait Up for Me" by Amos Lee
"Hammer Time" by YGTUT
"Tupelo" by Jackie Greene
"Secrets and Lies" by Ruelle
"Set My Soul on Fire" by The War and Treaty
"Travel Reloaded" by Kay B Brown
"Wednesday Morning Atonement" by Curtis Harding
"Fear Is Like a Forest" by Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
"You Don't Own Me Anymore" by The Secret Sisters