Off the Couch: CSO season opener, Kansas, Nick Lutsko are coming up this week

Off the Couch: CSO season opener, Kansas, Nick Lutsko are coming up this week

September 25th, 2017 by Barry Courter and Lisa Denton in Life Entertainment

LISA DENTON: Barry, this week we can experience a Titan without watching NFL football and a tiger without going to the zoo. It's the season debut of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera.

The main work is Mahler's Symphony No. 1, which has been referred to as "The Titan." And they'll be doing a cello concerto from the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Steve Martin once said he was surprised to not see any tigers or dragons in the movie. Then he realized it was because they were crouching and hidden.

BARRY COURTER: Hey, he's right. I wondered about that myself. This is another remarkably busy week, especially for music. Backup Planet is at Revelry Room the same night as the CSO performance.

And Jazzanooga is presenting Bringin' Da Funk, a tribute to Clyde Stubblefield, the original funky drummer. For folks who don't know, Stubblefield was from here and is renowned the world over as the "most sampled drummer in the industry," meaning his drumbeat from the James Brown hit "The Funky Drummer" has been used by hundreds of other artists, primarily in the hip-hop genre.

Lisa Denton and Barry Courter

Lisa Denton and Barry Courter

Photo by Staff File Photo /Times Free Press.

It's one of those things you've heard whether you know it or not. The show is Friday at Waterhouse Pavilion.

LISA: And the Levitt Amp Series continues Thursday evening on the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. This week's featured act is Nick Lutsko — or as one of our colleagues, who shall remain nameless, accidentally referred to him the other day, Lick Nutsko. I like how that kinda works both ways.

BARRY: Under whichever name he goes by, he is one talented young man, and it will be a good show. He's performing with his band The Gimmix.

LISA: And I know that temps in the mid-80s make it seem like it's still summer, but the calendar says it's officially time to give a shout-out to fall.


LISA: Thank you, Mr. Literal.

Families looking for fall fun can find corn mazes and hay rides at Rock City's Enchanted Maize at Blowing Springs Farm in Fort Oglethorpe, Old McDonald's Farm in Sale Creek, the Mayfield Maze in Athens, Tenn., Guthrie Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze in Riceville, Tenn., and The River Maze in Ocoee, Tenn. Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn, Ga., doesn't have a corn maze, but they do have hay rides and other activities.

And a couple of Halloween attractions are opening this weekend too — Ruby Falls' Dread Hollow on Browns Ferry Road and The Haunted Hilltop off Highway 58.

BARRY: Oh, and I had the chance to talk to Richard Williams of Kansas last week. I don't know what you were listening to back in middle and high school, but Kansas and their hits "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind" were on the eight-track player of everyone I knew. "Carry On" has been used on the show "Supernatural" for the last 12 years, introducing the band to a whole new audience.

They'll be at the Tivoli on Wednesday, and they are doing a 2 1/2-hour set featuring the entire "Leftoverture" album plus other hits and songs from last year's "The Prelude Implicit."

Get event details every Thursday in Chattanooga Now or online anytime at

Contact Barry Courter at or 423-757-6354. Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.

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