This story was updated on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at 8:20 p.m. to add an admission fee for the Adventure Van Expo.
Big-time bluegrass stars, an "American Idol" runner-up and extra doses of comedy are on the entertainment horizon. Here's a look ahead, along with a reminder to check with venues about the latest COVID-19 protocols before heading out.
— 3 Sisters Festival: Bluegrass heavyweights Ricky Skaggs (at 9:30 p.m. Friday) and the Del McCoury Band (at 8:30 p.m. Saturday) will headline this free music festival at Ross's Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway. Nine other bands will add their high lonesome and contemporary sounds 6-11 p.m. Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday. 3sistersbluegrass.com
— The Allman Betts Band, which includes the sons of three founding members of the Allman Brothers Band — Devon Allman (son of Gregg), Duane Betts (son of Dickey) and Berry Duane Oakley (son of Berry) — will be in concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. (inside Memorial Auditorium). Tickets are $30-$45. tivolichattanooga.com
— Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., hosts local singer/songwriter Ryan Oyer in an outdoor performance 7-9 p.m. Thursday in support of his new album, "Rise and Shine." Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds from this Chattanooga Song Circle performance go to the artist, with a portion to the venue. Bring lawn chairs for seating. barkinglegs.org
— The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tennessee, welcomes electronic duo Thievery Corporation, with rapper Dessa, at 8:30 p.m. CDT Friday. Tickets are $79-$329. Saturday and Sunday shows by The Dead South with the Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band are sold out. thecaverns.com
— Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will launch this season's Chamber Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway. The concert will feature local composer/cellist Ben Van Winkle's Pure Music No. 1, Jamaican composer Eleanor Alberga's "Succubus Moon" and Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring." Tickets are $32, or buy the season of five chamber performances for $125. chattanoogasymphony.org
— An Evening with Patty Griffin & Gregory Alan Isakov will deliver the indie/folk stylings of the two singer-songwriters in a show at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Tivoli Theatre. Tickets are $35-$75. tivolichattanooga.com
— Lee University's Performing Arts Series launches with a Faculty Gala concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Pangle Hall, 340 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tennessee. Free but reserve tickets at eventbrite.com or 423-614-8343. Watch at livestream.com/leeu
— Lee University's Presidential Concert Series welcomes the Los Angeles Piano Trio at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Pangle Hall, 340 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tennessee. Pianist Fabio Bidini appeared in the series as a solo artist 20 years ago. This time he is joined by violinist Margaret Batjer and cellist Andrew Shulman for performances of music by Mozart, Beethoven and Chausson. Tickets are $5-$15. eventbrite.com, 423-614-8343
— The Monkees Farewell Tour, featuring Michael Nesmith & Micky Dolenz from the '60s-era pop band, will stop at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Tickets are $39-$125. tivolichattanooga.com
— Phoenix Fest: This outdoor party, scheduled 5-11 p.m. Saturday at 437 W. Inman St. in Cleveland, Tennessee, celebrates a decade of community service by Inman Coffee, a coffee shop and social ministry of the Cleveland Salvation Army. The headliner among the eight musical acts is Lee University graduate Clark Beckham, the runner-up in Season 14 of "American Idol." The evening includes specialty drinks, fire pits, games and food trucks. Admission is free. inmancoffee.com
— Shinedown performs for the Rock 105 Birthday Bash, with special guest Ayron Jones, at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Tickets are $35-$235. tivolichattanooga.com
— The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., hosts country rap duo The Lacs on the Rise and Shine Tour, with Demun Jones and Dusty Leigh, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $18-$36. thesignaltn.com
— Synchronicity: Gates open at noon Friday for this two-day electronic dance music festival at Cherokee Farms, 2035 Old Mineral Springs Road, LaFayette, Georgia. Overnight camping is included. Tickets are $40 in advance, $60 at the gate. synchronicityfestival.us
— Daniel Tosh will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Tickets are $45-$85. tivolichattanooga.com
— Jodi White is featured at The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ($12-$14) and at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($17-$19). Coming up Wednesday is an Open Mic Night for up-and-coming talents at 7:30 p.m. ($5). thecomedycatch.com
— Theo Von brings his Return of the Rat Tour to the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St., at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $25-$55. tivolichattanooga.com
OUT & ABOUT
— Adventure Van Expo is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway. The expo features van builders, rental companies, vehicle and accessory sellers, van life experts, music and concessions. Admission is $10. adventurevanexpo.com/chatt
— Civiq speaker series: Chattanooga Design Studio welcomes Ronda Lee Chapman 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Waterhouse Pavilion, 850 Market St. Chapman, equity director for The Trust for Public Land, will lead a roundtable conversation on "Reimagining Our Relationship to Place: How We Decolonize Design Thinking To Inspire Collective Well-Being." Free but RSVP. eventbrite.com
— Colorful Hat Circus & Variety Show performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday at the Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Georgia. The shows include high-flying acrobatics, balancing, extreme jump rope, juggling and magic. Tickets are $15-$45. ColorfulHat.com
— Freedom Sings USA, formerly Operation Song Chattanooga, has a Sunday deadline for its Military Children's Retreat, set for Oct. 15-16 at Tennessee River Gardens. The nature retreat is open to children of deployed service members, Gold Star and low-income veterans' children ages 10-17. Creative-writing exercises will determine six for a professional songwriting session about their life as a military child for a concert on Oct. 16. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
— Friends of Special Children will hold the 16th annual ABC (All About Children) event, with dinner and a live auction, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday under the tent at Signal Centers, 109 N. Germantown Road. The goal of this event and a just-concluded silent auction is to raise $175,000 to refurbish Signal Centers' nationally recognized Friends playground, which serves children with and without disabilities. Call 423-421-0623 for ticket availability.
— Literary award: Nominations will be accepted through Thursday for the Southern Lit Alliance's Local Distinguished Author Award, to be presented at the SouthWord Abridged literary festival, scheduled Nov. 5-6. Rules and forms can be found online. southernlitalliance.org/lda
— Metro Chattanooga Record Show is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Georgia. Dealers from five states will have vinyl LPs, 45s, CDs and music memorabilia available. Admission is $3; or get in early, at 9 a.m., for $10. Local dealer is Jax-Wax Quality LP Records. Facebook.com/Events
— Moccasin Bend Lecture Series continues Monday with a free program on "The Legacy of Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park Campaign" by guest speaker Dorothy Canter, president of the campaign's board. Between 1917 and 1932, more than 700,000 Black children were educated at the nearly 5,000 rural Southern facilities that came to be known as Rosenwald Schools, a partnership between educator Booker T. Washington and businessman Julius Rosenwald. Canter will give updates on efforts to create a national historic park that includes six Rosenwald school sites in Tennessee, and alumni of the former Chattanooga-area schools (or others with connections) are being sought for input; email email@example.com. Monday's program may be attended virtually or in person at 7 p.m. at the Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St. Registration is required for either. nppcha.org/events
— Native Plant Sale: Six regional nurseries will have native perennials, ferns, grasses, sedges, shrubs and trees for sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the Grace Episcopal Church parking lot, 20 Belvoir Ave. Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones is sponsoring the free event. tnvalleywildones.org
— Reflection Riding, 400 Garden Road, has two events scheduled. Another Framework for the Future walk-through, to explain the property's preservation agreement with American Battlefield Trust, is noon-1 p.m. Friday. It's free, but register. A Tech Trek, offering guidance for using the iNaturalist app, is 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $10-$15; must register. reflectionriding.org
— Athens Community Theatre presents "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" for a two-weekend run at The Arts Center, 320 N. White Ave., Athens, Tennessee. Performances start at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 10. Tickets are $15-$20. athensartscouncil.org.
— The Colonnade Players will present "Lionel Bart's Oliver" the next two weekends at the Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Georgia. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 10. The Oct. 9 performance will be interpreted for the deaf. Tickets are $13-$19. colonnadecenter.org
— Covenant College Theatre Department presents "She Stoops To Conquer," a romantic comedy set in 18th-century England, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Performances are outdoors at The Overlook, between Probasco Visitors Center and Brock Hall on campus, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Tickets are $7-$10; reserve at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-419-1051. Livestream via BroadwayonDemand.com for $10.
— In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., will open its new exhibit, "Something To Crow About: A Treat for the Soul," with a reception 5-8 p.m. Friday. Featuring works by master ceramicist Laurie Graham and painter Miki Boni, the show continues through Oct. 31. intowngallery.com
— Chattanooga Jewish Film Series opens at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday with "Kiss Me Kosher," a subversive love story between clashing cultures and families. The first film is available only to star sponsors, whose $100 ticket grants in-person or virtual access to all films in the six-week series and two tickets to an in-person reception or drive-through pickup of a "cocktail party in a box" for opening night. A la carte films are $12 each and limited to virtual viewing for 72 hours (noon Tuesday-noon Friday each week). In-person viewing for star sponsors is at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. jewishchattanooga.com
— Sunset Cinema, an outdoor movie series, ends the season Saturday with a performance by the Chattanooga Girls Rock All Star Band before a screening of "Josie and the Pussycats." Activities start at 6:30 p.m. at Miller Park, 850 Market St. Bring your own seating and picnics, or buy concessions from vendors. 423-643-6884
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