We Love Rock 'N' Roll and you're going to LOVE the final weekend of Riverbend 2014! 

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Young the Giant

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Chattanooga, TN -   Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she's had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and "Crimson and Clover."

Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. A version of "I Hate Myself for Loving You" has been NBC's Sunday Night Football, performed this past season by Carrie Underwood, and her music is heard in countless films and TV shows including Easy - A, Kick Ass, The Runaways, Shrek, Baby Mama, and many more.

Jett and the Blackhearts continuously tour across the globe to throngs of adoring fans. Joan Jett has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and challenging expectations - this is, after all, a woman who is both a spokesperson for PETA and a devoted supporter of the US Military. She's fought hard for all of her historic accomplishments, yet she remains humble and appreciative.

"I've had a blessed career," she says. "I consider myself so lucky to have been able to do things my own way." 

We consider ourselves lucky to have her here for Riverbend Festival 2014.  Don't miss Joan Jett & The Blackhearts on the Coke Stage, Friday, June 13th at 9:30 pm.  

Young The Giant

With a hot 2010 debut album and a reputation for exhilarating live shows, Young The Giant has quickly established itself as one of the most exciting new bands to come out of Southern California in recent memory.  But, they'll be on the East Coast this summer when they hit the Riverbend Festival Coke Stage Saturday, June 14th at 9:30 pm.

Their latest album Mind Over Matter features the electrifying lead single "It's About Time," the collection of songs finds the young band challenging themselves both lyrically and musically.  The release follows the band's eponymous debut which featured singles such as "Apartment" and the RIAA gold certified hits, "My Body" and "Cough Syrup." "My Body" was a top 5 hit at Alternative radio and closed 2011 as the year's fifth most-played song at the format.  "Cough Syrup" drew even greater success, peaking at #2 at Alternative, and enjoying crossover chart success at both Hot AC and Triple A radio.  Both tracks remain in regular rotation as staples at radio outlets nationwide.

As a dynamic and distinctive live act, the band also made a range of high profile TV performances, spanning ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and NBC's TODAY and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to 2011's MTV Video Music Awards and their own edition of MTV's Unplugged.

 

We've got 'More Than a Feeling' about this one! 

Boston will be 'Smokin' during Riverbend 2014

Chattanooga, TN - The arena rock band behind one of the fastest-selling debut albums in history is coming to Riverbend 2014!  Boston will hit the Coke Stage Wednesday, June 11 at 9:30 pm.

In December, the heavy hitting rockers released their latest album, "Life, Love, & Hope," which spent a decade in the making.

But, it was Boston's self-titled debut album that spawned three hit singles "More Than a Feeling," "Long Time," and "Peace of Mind", and shot immediately to the top of the charts.   It remained the best-selling pop debut effort in history before it was surpassed by Whitney Houston's first album in 1986.

Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band and The Here & Now

Friday, June 6  |  Bud Light Stage |  7:15 pm

Don't let his bluegrass roots fool you....this is a rock show! Austin is heading in a new creative direction as a solo artist and folks are loving it!

He's unstoppable on the mandolin and his songwriting remains rooted in Americana inspiration and the frantic energy of the jam genre.    But, he's weaving in some mainstream themes similar to the song 'Fiddlin' Around'  that he co-wrote.  It was featured on the 2010 Grammy nominated Dierks Bentley album, Up on the Ridge.

"My time with Yonder has taught me what is possible," Austin says.  "It has shown me that if you work hard at it and you believe in it and there's a part of you that's meant to do it, it will happen. It's clichéd, but it's true."

The John K Band featuring John Kadlecik of Furthur & Dark Star Orchestra

Friday, June 13  |  Unum Stage  |  8:30 pm

What a wild ride it's been!  John Kadlecik has jumped from member of a Grateful Dead tribute band to to playing lead guitar for original Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir.

In 1997, John Kadlecik co-founded the group Dark Star Orchestra, a band exclusively devoted to playing the well-documented actual set lists of the Grateful Dead.  In 2009, John departed from Dark Star Orchestra to join Furthur, with original Grateful Dead members Lesh and Weir.

Now, The John K Band features one of the most loved guitarists on the scene, with a mix of his musical friends playing both original music and fan favorites in a format that is a sheer pleasure for audiences!

Grammy Award Winning Buddy Guy is 'Slippin in' on Riverbend 2014!

 

Buddy Guy

Chattanooga, TN - Buddy Guy may not have invented the blues, but some have tried to give him credit for such.  As a pioneer of the Chicago blues sound, Guy has influenced some of the most notable musicians of his generation, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Vaughan once told Guitarist magazine, "Without Buddy Guy, there would be no Stevie Ray Vaughan."

In the 60's Guy was a member of Muddy Waters' band and a house guitarist for Chess Records.  He's ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time", Guy is known for his showmanship on stage: playing his guitar with drumsticks or strolling into the audience while playing solos. His song "Stone Crazy" was ranked 78th in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.

Guy will hit the Coke State Sunday, June 8 at 9:30pm.

Bernie Worrell Orchestra  |  Saturday, June 7  |  Bud Light Stage

Bernie Worrell first came to prominence as a founding member and Musical Director of Parliament/Funkadelic. While the influential super group was radically altering the course of music, Bernie was radically charting the course of emerging keyboard technology during the golden age of analog synthesis. Among the key ingredients in his sonic stew were perfect pitch and a well-honed facility with the classical canon.

A child prodigy who began studying piano at the tender age of three and gave his first public performance just a year later, Worrell wrote his first concerto at age eight and performed with the Washington Symphony Orchestra at ten.  The hits were many: "Flashlight," "Atomic Dog," "Aqua Boogie," "Cosmic Slop" and "Red Hot Mama" are only a few of the Parliament/Funkadelic classics which Worrell co-wrote, played and co-produced on literally dozens of albums -- not to mention his years of wild P-Funk performances, which quickly became the stuff of lore.

Bernie Worrell Orchestra plays Saturday, June 7 at 7:15pm on the Bud Light Stage.

It doesn't get much better than this....

TobyMac headlines Faith & Family Night for Riverbend 2014!

TobyMac

Chattanooga, TN - Just when everyone is saying, "It'll be tough to top last year's Faith and Family lineup," Friends of the Festival books Contemporary Christian music star, TobyMac for Riverbend Festival 2014!

TobyMac will be headlining Faith and Family Night, Tuesday June 10, at 9:00pm.

With 11 million career albums sold and 6 GRAMMY® Awards to his credit, TobyMac refuses to settle on past accomplishments, as he delivers a diverse album built on honest struggle.  He remains passionate about his desire to write songs at the intersection where life and spirituality collide. His new album is 'Eye On It.'

From his early days in influential group dcTalk to his very first solo album, Momentum, Toby has worked hard to inspire his audience with words of conviction, hope, empowerment and the redemption found in his faith in God.

"What is it like to live a life of faith? It doesn't look perfect, I can promise you that," Toby admits. "We're all struggling. We're struggling to mend relationships, to love people well, and to love God. But the gift of walking this life of faith is that you can make it right each day. You can turn and start over, determined, with your eye on it."

The follow-up to 2010's Tonight (which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200), Eye On It, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, is an elevating collection of 12 tracks, all of them written or co-written by Toby.

Star Seats for TobyMac are only $10 each and are available online at www.riverbendfestival.com.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band  |  Sunday, June 8  |  Bud Light Stage

They're known for a very distinctive mix of rock, funk and rhythm and blues, and now Robert Randolph & The Family Band is back with the first album in three years.  When Robert Randolph talks about his new album, Lickety Split, a few words come up over and over-"joy," "freedom," "energy." Which is no surprise, really, because those are the same things that immediately spring into a listener's mind when these twelve tracks from the virtuoso pedal steel guitarist and his longtime accompanists, the Family Band, explode out of the speakers.

"My thing is really upbeat, up tempo, with great guitar riffs," says Randolph, summarizing his musical ambitions, "but also catchy choruses and lyrics that someday will make this music into classic tunes."

"Robert Randolph is an American Original," says Don Was, President of Randolph's new label, Blue Note Records. "This album finally captures the energy and excitement of his legendary live performances."

Randolph's unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list, and also attracted the attention of such giants as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio.

'Ain't Life Grand?' You better believe it WILL be come Saturday, June 7, when Widespread Panic plays Riverbend!

Chattanooga, TN - It doesn't matter what you call them, a 'rock band,' 'jam band,' or 'just plain good,' to know Widespread Panic is to love them!  The band that started in Athens, GA in the late 80's and has been running wide open since, is coming to Riverbend Saturday, June 7th.

Friends of the Festival has been courting the band for at least a decade and we're tickled our dance card was finally pulled. Talent Coordinator Dixie Fuller says, "We have certain bands we go after every year like Widespread Panic, Steve Winwood, and Heart.  We're just excited that, finally, the timing was right and scheduling didn't get in the way."

Widespread Panic is known for their marathon jam sessions, and a very dedicated following.   Widespread Panic holds the record for the number of sold out performances at Philips Arena in Atlanta at 20 shows.

Widespread Panic is also know for their philanthropic endeavors which is one reason FOF is collaborating with Chattanooga Area Food Bank to help benefit their efforts.  The food bank will be kicking off a 'text to give' campaign during the Riverbend Festival as well as other efforts to help families in the Tennessee Valley.

President of Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Maeghan Jones, says, " "We are grateful for this opportunity to partner with Friends of the Festival and Widespread Panic to raise awareness and support to feed the nearly 160,000 people who struggle with hunger in our community."

Chattanooga will  be 'Lettin the Night Roll' come June 12th of Riverbend Festival 2014!

Justin Moore

Chattanooga, TN - Country music star Justin Moore will roll onto the Coke Stage Thursday, June 12th at 9:30 pm.

Moore is known for delivering country music with an edge and has that way of negotiating the good ole boy reality that's been known to define today's hardcore country fan. A little bit rowdy, a little bit sentimental, a whole lot of roughneck, Moore is denting the country radio charts.

Moore's three  #1 hits are "Small Town USA," the sentimental family embracing "If Heaven Weren't SoFar Away" and  "Til My Last Day."

Dan + Shay |   |  TVFCUStage |  Saturday, June 7

The Country music duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney who's debut song, '19 You + Me' is gaining attention at light speed. Upon its release, '19 You + Me' had the biggest first week by a new duo in the history of trade publication Country Aircheck.

Dan + Shay say they're influenced by artists such as Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw, along with a healthy dose of '90s rock and R&B, Dan + Shay have penned songs that quickly gained the respect of fellow Nashville writers.

Clare Dunn | Unum Stage |  Sunday, June 8 

Clare Dunn is a fearless performer, a dazzling guitar-slinger, and a powerfully emotive singer whose unique blend of country and rock references a wide range of trailblazing influences, while maintaining a sound that is uniquely hers.

Dunn has also contributed background vocals on a slew of recordings, including Luke Bryan's smash Country Girl (Shake It for Me) and has established a crew of songwriting collaborators that includes multi-award winning hit makers Terry McBride, Brice Long, and more.

Keeping old traditions and starting new ones! 

Gary Allan kicks off Riverbend 2014, admission moves to wristbands, and boaters are back in line for a premier slot.

Gary Allan

Chattanooga, TN - Riverbend 2014 will come out kicking with Gary Allan taking the Coke Stage opening night Friday, June 6th at 9:30pm.

The country music star is perhaps best known for his rough- edged masculine tone and raw lyrics. His latest album, Set You Free, includes hits like "Every Storm Runs Out of Rain" and "It Ain't the Whiskey."  Allan's 17 year recording career includes hits like "Watching Airplanes," "Nothing On But The Radio," and "Best I Ever Had."

"I seem to gravitate musically toward wherever I am in my life at that time," says Allan.  "And I'm in a real good place."

We're just tickled he'll be at our place on the river, June 6th.

Allen Stone | Wednesday, June 11  |  Bud Light Stage |  8:15pm

USA Today has called Allen Stone a "pitch-perfect powerhouse" and The New York Times has likened his socially conscious music to that of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Bill Withers. But the 25-year-old singer-songwriter just sees himself as "a hippie with soul."

Since the digital release of his self-titled album via his own label in October 2011, Stone's shows have been selling out from coast to coast. His first national television appearance - on "Conan" - came after the music booker saw a YouTube video of Allen performing "Unaware" in his mother's living room.

CNN and Billboard named Stone as an artist to watch.

Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat 

Featuring The New Orleans Suspects

Thursday, June 12  |  Bud Light Stage  |  7pm

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett are guitar players of legendary band Little Feat.  Now they have joined forces to form an acoustic duet that will blow you away. Performing songs from their Little Feat catalog and more with a decidedly different twist. They first played together on the album "Dixie Chicken" some thirty-five years ago and since then have played together or individually on numerous recording sessions for Little Feat and countless others including Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, Dionne Farris, and the Wallflowers, to name a few.

The New Orleans Suspects features former members of The Neville's, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Radiators, Outformation, and the touring 'sax' player for James Brown. The group played this summer at Riverfront Nights Summer Concert Series.

The final hour of the show will combine Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett with The New Orleans Suspects  in an electrifying rock show featuring selected songs from Little Feat

Riverbend admission transitions from pins to wristbands.

Riverbend Festival admission is changing from a lapel pin to a wristband for a simpler festival entry process.  The wristbands will offer a smoother entrance into the festival because they're easier to spot and scan.  Workers will scan the wristbands for entry as well as upon exiting.  Attendees can still leave and return to the festival as they wish, they will just need to be scanned as they leave.

The wristbands are removable and can be used for the entire festival.  With the larger size, the wristbands will be easier than a lapel pin for attendees to keep up with for the duration of the festival.

Riverbend will still offer metal pins for collectors.  However, a wristband will be the only admission to the festival.  Collector's pins will be available at the merchandise tent during the Festival.

You can get wristbands at the early bird discount price ONE DAY ONLY, Saturday December 14,  at Hamilton Place Mall 11am - 2pm at the food court entrance. Wristbands will be $28 each, a savings of 40% from gate prices.

Riverbend boating fans will know soon if they scored the super sweet side stage slot for the 2014 Riverbend Festival.

Determined boaters have been camping out along the water's edge of Downtown Chattanooga since Tuesday just for a chance to dock near the Coke Stage during Riverbend Festival 2014.

Marty Puryear of Marine Max, the group who manages the docks along Chattanooga's riverfront, says, "It's more like a tailgating party."

Space is limited, and so is the time available.  Boaters can only park festival-side for half the week, either Friday - Tuesday or Tuesday- Saturday.  First come, first serve. Marine Max will open the doors at 8 AM Friday December 6th, exactly six months to the day that Riverbend 2014 kicks off.

Riverbend admission $ale at Hamilton Place!!

ONE DAY ONLY
Saturday, December 14th | 11AM-2PM | $28

Food court entrance near Barnes & Noble

WRISTBANDS, STAR SEATING, AND CLUB RIVERBEND available online January 1st at www.riverbendfestival.com.

Riverbend snags the 'gold!'

Chattanooga, TN-  Friends of the Festival snags a baker's dozen in awards from the International Festivals & Events Association in the 58th Annual Convention & Expo in Pittsburgh, PA. Riverbend Festival was presentted with Gold in two categories:  Best Event Promotional Photograph and Best Event/Program within an Event to Benefit a Cause.

Friends of the Festival also collected a mix of Silver and Bronze awards for Riverbend including Best Volunteer Program, Best TV Promotion, and Best Overall Merchandising Program.  The American Dream Concert was awarded Bronze for Best New Event and Best Promotional Poster.

The prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition draws entries from among the world's top festivals and events.  Winning entries come from diverse organizations such as the 500 Festival, Indianapolis, IN; Portland Rose Festival, Portland, OR and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, CA.

International contenders include organizations like Canada Place, Canada; Ham Pyeong Butterfly Festival, South Korea; and Rotterdam Festivals, The Netherlands.

The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia & New Zealand, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East, and IFEA North America the organization's common vision is for "A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration."

The Riverbend Lineup just grew a little 'Sweeter!'  

Chattanooga, TN - Gavin DeGraw will hit the Coca-Cola Stage Friday June 15th at 9:30PM.

He has one of the most recognizable voices of our time.   With blue eyed soul vocals and free wheeling melodies, Gavin DeGraw has enjoyed success since breaking through in 2003 with his debut album, Chariot.  Chariot  sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: "I Don't Want To Be," "Follow Through," and the title-track, "Chariot." He followed that up with his self-titled second album, which debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart in 2008 (earning Gavin his first Top 10 album and spawning the hit singles "In Love With A Girl" and the gold-certified "We Belong Together." DeGraw says this about his latest album, "I think SWEETER is the first album I've made that has caught my true sound, and that was the result of taking risks."

Also 10,000 Maniacs, Cherub and Break Science

10,000 Maniacs play Sunday June 9th on the Bud Light Stage. The Maniacs are the group who helped define college rock as we switched millenniums.  They've been critically acclaimed for 3 decades.  Their hits include "Jealousy," "What's the Matter Here," and "Trouble Me."

If you want to dance the night away head to the Unum Stage Saturday June 15th for electronic dance music until midnight.  Cherub takes the stage at 6 PM and Break Science starts at 8 PM. 

What's New?

  • Riverbend gates will open at 5:00PM each night of the festival June 7-15.
  • Children's Village returns, presented by epb and TVA.
  • 7 designated smoking areas to keep the majority of the site smoke free.
  • The gate near the passage will no longer be an entry point for Riverbend.
  • Walmart stores are selling tokens at 10% discount until June 5th.

Now here's a reason to 'turn the car around'....

O | A | R

will light up the Coke Stage Saturday, June 15!

Chattanooga, TN -  Riverbend Festival closes a week of dazzle with O|A|R.   The group has sold close to 2 million albums and over 2 million concert tickets.  In 2011 the band released their most recent studio album, King, which debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200 chart, #3 on the Billboard Digital Album Chart, and was #3 at iTunes on the day of the release.  King was the follow-up to the band's 2008 release, All Sides, which contains the Platinum hit radio single "Shattered."  O|A|R will close out the Festival on the Coke Stage Saturday, June 15 at 9:30 PM, while standing in as opening act for the fireworks show!

Pick your pleasure coming to the Bud Light Stage! 

The Psychedelic Furs or Willie Watson?

The Psychedelic Furs is a group to which many of the alternative rock artists dominating today's music, are paying homage. Led by front man and songwriter Richard Butler, the Furs won over fans and critics alike by combining poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms and melodies driven by an aggressive, punk desperation. Through it all, the band scored major hits with "Love My Way," "Pretty In Pink," "Heaven," "The Ghost In You," and "Heartbreak Beat" in all releasing seven studio albums and spawning several compilations, a boxed set, and a live concert DVD. The Psychedelic Furs will hit the Bud Light Stage Wednesday, June 12 at 7:45.

Willie Watson, the former front man for Old Crow Medicine Show will play the Bud Light Thursday, June 14th at 6:15. 

LEOGUN | Friday June 14 | TVFCU Stage | 7:45 PM 

LEOGUN is a three-piece band from London, surging with a mix of blues, soul and a whole lot of rock & roll.

We could never 'Forget You'.....and you won't forget this show! 

Cee Lo Green will dazzle Riverbend Festival

Chattanooga, TN-  CeeLo Green, the five-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter-producer and self proclaimed professional lady killer will spice up the Coke Stage Saturday June 8, 2013, 9:30 PM at Riverbend Festival.

CeeLo has received five Grammy nominations for his worldwide hit "Forget You" winning the category for "Best Urban/Alternative Performance".

In October 2012, CeeLo released his Christmas album "CeeLo's Magic Moment", which featured the single "All I Need is Love" featuring The Muppets; and he is also releasing a new solo album this year entitled "Everybody's Brother". 

CeeLo was formerly part of a duo called Gnarls Barkley who was best known for the hit 'Crazy.'

What does this guy NOT do? The television personality, actor, entrepreneur, pop culture & fashion icon is now working a new Las Vegas residency "CeeLo Green is Loberace" at Planet Hollywood running through April 2013.

Super Sunday schedule with Mountain Heart,  Scotty Bratcher...and do you need a laugh?  Comedian Tim Wilson joins the lineup.

Mountain Heart is the band that has been fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented and played. The band's name has been synonymous with cutting-edge excellence in acoustic music circles since the group's creation in 1999. Widely known throughout the music industry for continually redefining the boundaries of acoustic music, the band has gained legions of loyal fans both as a result of their superlative musicianship, and more notably, their incomparably exciting live performances.  Mountain Heart hits the Unum Stage Sunday, June 9,2013 at 9:30PM.

Scotty Bratcher hits the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union Stage Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 9:45PM.  Scotty Bratcher began playing guitar at an age that it became second nature to him, he was 2.  In 2000, he entered the National Jam with Kenny Wayne Shepherd Contest. In this contest, contestants were to download via computer, KWS's new single of which the lead solo was to be made up by the competitors. Out of 1,200 entries, Scotty received 1st runner up.

Tim Wilson adds a little comic relief to Riverbend once again.  A favorite of Chattanooga Comedy Catch, Wilson has made appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", and "Grace Under Fire", as well as many cable shows, Tim is a legend in the South. He's a regular guest on some off the country's hottest syndicated radio shows, "The John Boy & Billy Show" "Bob and Tom" as well as "Rick and Bubba."  Wilson will take the TVFCU Stage on June 9, 2013 at 7:30.

Bessie Smith Strut

Eric Sardinas plays Monday, June 10, 2013, 6:45 PM at the Bessie Smith Strut. Slide guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Sardinas has a reputation for packing intensity into his live performances. Since the late-90s' Sardinas has taken the stage thousands of times across the globe, with audiences growing exponentially each passing year. His six albums have displayed a distinct style that musically pushes the boundaries of rock and blues, and the world has taken notice. 

Riverbend partners with City of Chattanooga in anti-gang initiative. 

The Pimps of Joytime

Chattanooga, TN- Riverbend Festival continues its community outreach project with a couple of  top notch line ups for the Artist of the Day and 'Bend Unplugged series.

But, Friends of the Festival hit a home run when they scored The Pimps of Joytime.  Teaming up with the City of Chattanooga Department of Parks and Recreation and the Gang Task Force, Friends of the Festival scheduled PJT to perform for Chattanooga teens at Lindsay Street Hall June 10,2013.  The Brooklyn based band knows the challenges young people face. PJT members will share how they overcame the temptations of gang life to chase a dream and found their place in music.

The outreach series is designed to give music lovers and fans a chance to get closer to the artists in a more intimate setting like downtown restaurants and attractions.

Artist of the Day:  Artists arrive at noon for lunch and a short acoustic set

  • Friday 6.7.13 Turnpike Troubadors (alternative country) - Honest Pint
  • Saturday 6.8.13 Rosco Bandana (Americana rock) - Big River Grille 
  • Sunday 6.9.13 Scotty Butcher (blues) - 212 Market
  • Monday 6.10.13 Pimps of Joytime (partnering with anti-gang initiative) Lindsay Street Hall
  • Wednesday 6.12.13 Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines (Texas performer living with Epilepsy) - Hennen's 
  • Thursday 6.13.13 Willie Watson (first solo project by front man of Old Crow Medicine Show) -Greenlife/Whole Foods
  • Friday 6.14.13 Moon Taxi (psych-rock jam band)- Mellow Mushroom
  • Saturday 6.15.13 Michael Foster Project (old school funk) - Blue Water Grille

'Bend Unplugged: performances at 2 PM unless noted

  • Friday 6.7.13 - 2nd Carolina String Band - The City Library (the nation's most authentic musical reenactors from the Civil War era will be part of the city's sesquicentennial celebration. Friends of the Park will host a performance at Point Park Saturday 6.8.13)
  • Saturday 6.8.13 The Barr Brothers - Hunter Museum of Art
  • Sunday 6.9.13 The Church Sisters - Creative Discovery Museum
  • Monday 6.10.13 Pimps of Joytime - Lindsay Street Hall (partnering with anti-gang initiative) *1 PM
  • Wednesday 6.12.13 Harper - Tennessee Aquarium *4 PM

Grab your dancin' shoes Linda Lou....Skynyrd is coming back to Riverbend! 

Chattanooga, TN- The legendary rock band is still going strong after decades.  Fresh on the heels of a new album, Lynyrd Skynyrd will rock Riverbend fans from the Coke Stage on Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Skynyrd returns with a fiery slice of Southern style guitar rock heaven in Last of a Dyin' Breed, their latest release on Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records which released last August. This is the kind of record guaranteed to feed the needs of the multi-generational Skynyrd Nation, and continue the renewed vigor the band exhibited with their last album, 2009's God & Guns.

Despite surviving tragedy and the hard miles of rock 'n roll, Skynyrd is remarkably at this stage of their career, on a roll. God & Guns debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200, giving the band their highest debut since 1977.

Skynyrd is known for hits like "Free Bird," "Simple Man," Gimme Three Steps," "Sweet Home Alabama," and many more. 

Drake White will open for Lynyrd Skynyrd, starting at 9:30 PM on the Coke Stage June 13th.

White is an aspiring singer songwriter living in Nashville, TN.  The Hokes Bluff, Alabama native has a very different country feel with a freestyle twist on many of his original songs.  He ad-libs throughout a show phrasing rhythmic lyrics as his entertaining live show unfolds.  The 27 year old credits many country, blues, rock, freestyle and bluegrass influences with helping to form his musical sound that is unique in its own way.

Reggae at its best!

Steel Pulse is one of Britain's greatest reggae bands.  They started out playing authentic roots reggae with touches of jazz and Latin music, and earned a substantial audience worldwide. Their 1978 debut, Hands worth Revolution, is still regarded by many critics as a landmark and a high point of British reggae. By the late '80s, Steel Pulse had won a Grammy and was working full-fledged crossover territory. They subsequently returned to a tough-minded, rootsy sound and have added touches of dance hall and hip-hop along the way.

Steel Pulse will jam on the Bud Light Stage, Saturday, June 15th at 7:30 PM.

Newsboys to headline Faith and Family Night...and say hello to the hometown stars Voices of Lee!

January 31, 2013

Chattanooga, TN -Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Newsboys will dazzle fans during Faith and Family Night of Riverbend 2013.

The award-winning and chart topping band recently announced an extension on their popular "God's Not Dead Tour."  They plan to plaly 30 some odd dates through this spring. The tour kicks off February 15 and runs through May 12.

The sellout tour has been touted as one of the most in-demand nights of worship, praise and celebration.  Newsboys are know for hits such as "God's Not Dead," "Born Again," and their latest chart-topping hit,"Your Love Never Fails," which has been No. 1 for six weeks in a row at Hot AC radio.

Newsboys will hit the Coke Stage at 9:30 PM, Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

First they sing for President Obama....next, thousands at Riverbend!

Fresh off the heels of singing in Washington, DC at the 57th Presidential Inauguration, The Voices of Lee will grace the Bud Light Stage at 7:45 PM on Tuesday, June 11th.

Voices of Lee is a 16 member a cappella ensemble from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. Under the direction of Danny Murray, Voices of Lee performs at a variety of venues boasting excellence in harmony, spirit, and performance.

Since their debut in September '94, their intense musical focus has captivated audiences worldwide. The seventeen-member group is characterized by a unique variety of lush vocal harmonies, high-energy patriotic numbers, fun-filled audience participation, and heart-felt gospel favorites.

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Jake Owen Opens Riverbend

December 6, 2012 11:41 am

Jake Owen opens Riverbend 2013 on June 7th! And .....don't call them crazy, but Riverbend fans are sleeping in the cold to guarantee the riverside seats!

Chattanooga, TN - Get ready for a 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night'  to kick off Riverbend Festival 2013! Riverbend has roped in Jake Owen, an overnight sensation on the country music scene, with the help of our partners at US 101.

Owen will kick off the Riverbend celebration on June 7, 2013 at 9:30 on the Coke Stage.  'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' is the title of Owen's latest CD and his biggest hit to date. 

His revival of "Life in a Northern Town" with Sugarland and Little Big Town in 2008 earned him Grammy and CMA Award nominations. Owen was named 2009's Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.

Some Riverbend fans are making the sacrifice 6 months early to guarantee a ring side seat when Owen takes the stage!

Ross's Landing -If you've ever wondered how those boat owners get the super sweet parking spot right next to the Coke Stage during Riverbend, here's your answer.

It started as a tradition that had the feel of camping in line for the best concert tickets or latest electronics on Black Friday.  But it has morphed into a tail gating party of sorts.

Boaters and Riverbend fans have been camped out since Monday to guarantee themselves a spot to dock at Ross's Landing during Riverbend 2013. They're hoping to score a slot on the "sign up" sheet to gain access to the dock during the festival.

Marty Puryear of Marine Max, the group who manages the docks along Chattanooga's riverfront, says, "They love it, they bring tarps, they cover the breezeway, they pack a cooler, and we have a fire pit for them."

Space is limited, and so is the time available.  Boaters can only park festival-side for half the week, either Friday - Tuesday or Tuesday- Friday.  First come, first serve.  Marine Max will open the doors at 8 AM Friday, exactly six months to the day that Riverbend 2013 kicks off. 

More to get excited about.....Ed Roland of Collective Soul

The Atlanta native has been the front man and  heart of the platinum-selling rock band Collective Soul for two decades.   He's teamed up with a group of friends to compile the Sweet Tea Project.  Roland has written seven #1 radio hits and has sold more than 10 million records worldwide, but the Sweet Tea Project is a new approach to his classic hit-making style. Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project will hit the Budweiser Stage Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Get ready for Big Smo, an artist, with his own unique sound, that may be best described as country rap.  In 2002 Big Smo self released his first album, "Kuntry Kitchen" The album received rave reviews and Big Smo was on his way to becoming a local independent force. A few years later he released his sophomore album, "The True South", a crossover album that blends his street experience with his backwoods southern roots.  Big Smo plays Friday, June 14th on the Budweiser Stage.

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Brandy Headlines Coke Stage

November 29, 2012 4:36 pm

3 Stage Announcements........

Brandy is back! And Riverbend has her locked in for Sunday on the Coke Stage.

Chattanooga, TN - After four years away from the music game, multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning R&B/pop singer, songwriter, and actress  has come roaring back with the fearless and inspired 'Two Eleven' a thoroughly modern R&B album that Rolling Stone has called "Brandy at her most realized: romantically shaky, vocally sharp, and musically sound." Billboard has hailed it as a "strong return to Brandy's multi-layered impassioned vocals." With its unforgettable melodies, glorious harmonies, edgy beats, and Brandy's sultry voice front-and-center, 'Two Eleven' sounds like an artist reborn. "It's an honest album," she says. "It's relatable. It's sexy and vulnerable. I really let my true self come through on every song. It has so many different colors, but at the same time, it represents the artist I am now."

Brandy was most recently on 'Dancing with the Stars' in 2010.  She was also the star of the hit TV series 'Moesha' from 1996-2001.  Brandy will perform Sunday June 9, 2013 on the Coke Stage at Riverbend.

The Bud Light stage will be on "cruise" control on Friday, June 7, 2013.

With the help of our partners at US 101 Friends of the Festival has snagged the rising country duoGeorgia Florida Line, made up of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley.   The pair is getting plenty of play with their new single, "Cruise," that creates a picture of falling in love on a back road in Georgia. 

The high energy stage performers have in a short time, worked their way into opening slots for artists like Blake Shelton, Jake Owen, and Colt Ford.  More recently they scored a gig on the 2012 Country Throwdown Tour with Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, and Justin Moore.

Get ready for Civil Twilight, on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 on the Unum Stage.  The Nashville based band, originally from South Africa,  has been turning heads world-wide and opening for acts like Smashing Pumpkins and Florence & The Machine. This fall will begin a nationwide tour with Mutemath.  They say their music is for a world that's not quite dark and not quite light, but like the moment when the sun sets when we stop to take a breath.

It's never too early to snag your 2013 Riverbend pins.

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Corporate pin sales are underway.  A purchase of 100 or more pins generates a savings of more than 40%.  Advanced pins are $26 each.

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  • Tackle holiday gift lists

For more information on advanced pin sales, contact Karen Shostak at 423.756.2211 or karen@riverbendfestival.com

Star Seating is available for the Dierks Bentley and Brandy performances.

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Dierks Bentley

November 29, 2012 4:30 pm

'5-1-5-0 somebody call the po-po': 

Riverbend captures country music star Dierks Bentley for the 2013 festival

CHATTANOOGA, TN- Dierks Bentley will hit the Coca-Cola stage Wednesday, June 12, 2013.  Bentley has had 10 number one hits like "What Was I Thinking, " "Come a Little Closer," "Free and Easy Down the Road I Go," and "5-1-5-0." Bentley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2005.

Four time Grammy winner Larry Carlton joins the Riverbend line up on Thursday, June 13, 2013 from the Unum Stage.  The guitarist was one of the most in demand studio musicians before he transitioned to his solo career.  Carlton has worked on more than 100 gold albums with artists of many genres ranging from Michael Jackson to Dolly Parton.

Moon Taxi will hit the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union Stage Friday, June 14,2013.   The indie-progressive rock band is based in Nashville and formed when the members were attending Belmont University.

It's never too early to snag your 2013 Riverbend pins.

Buy early, $ave more!

Corporate pin sales begin Monday, November 12, 2012.  A purchase of 100 or more pins generates a savings of more than 40%.  Advanced pins are $26 each.

  • Pass savings to your employees
  • Pamper clients
  • Create employee incentive programs
  • Tackle holiday gift lists

For more information on advanced pin sales, contact Karen Shostak at 423.756.2211 or karen@riverbendfestival.com.

Star Seating is available for the Dierks Bentley performance.
On sale now for $20 in addition to admission!
Call 423.756.2211 to order today!