CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – This year’s Riverbend Festival, celebrating 35 years of some of the country’s best music, hosts headliners Toby Keith, Old Dominion, Ludacris and many more June 9-17 at Chattanooga’s downtown and riverfront.
Every summer more than 500,000 people hit the streets of downtown Chattanooga to enjoy great music and delicious food, with the view of America’s Scenic City glowing in the background. The festival offers five stages with more than 100 bands featuring world class entertainment.
One of those eight days is dedicated completely to the jazz and blues, and highlights Chattanooga’s storied past with these genres during the Bessie Smith Strut Night on the historic M.L. King Blvd. The festival is wrapped up every year with one of the region’s best fireworks displays.
2017 LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS
FRIDAY, JUNE 9
7 p.m. - The Black Jacket Symphony (Coke Stage)
8 p.m. - Five Alarm Funk (Bud Light Stage)
9:30 p.m. - Boz Scaggs (Coke Stage)
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
7 p.m. - Don Felder (Coke Stage)
8 p.m. - Joy Formidable (Bud Light Stage)
9:30 p.m. - Ludacris (Coke Stage)
SUNDAY, JUNE 11
7 p.m. - Corey Smith (Coke Stage)
8 p.m. - White Denim (Bud Light Stage)
9:45 p.m. - Old Dominion (Coke Stage)
MONDAY, JUNE 12 (BESSIE SMITH STRUT)
On Monday, Riverbend takes a break and the party moves to the historic Martin Luther King Blvd. in downtown Chattanooga for the Bessie Smith Strut. This celebration is named for the Empress of the Blues and takes place on what was once "The Big Nine," or Ninth Street, as it was known in the early 20th century, when the area had a thriving music scene.
TUESDAY, JUNE 13
5:30 p.m. - Sidewalk Prophets (Bud Light Stage)
7:30 p.m. - Jamie Grace (Bud Light Stage)
9 p.m. - Crowder (Coke Stage)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
7 p.m. - Mother's Finest (Coke Stage)
8 p.m. - Brett Young (Bud Light Stage)
9:30 p.m. - George Thorogood (Coke Stage)
THURSDAY, JUNE 15
7 p.m. - The Purple Xperience (Coke Stage)
8 p.m. - Whiskey Myers (Bud Light Stage)
9:30 p.m. - Morris Day & The Time with Cameo (Coke Stage)
FRIDAY, JUNE 16
8 p.m. - The Yardbirds (Bud Light Stage)
9:30 p.m. - Drivin N Cryin (Unum Stage)
9 p.m. - Toby Keith (Coke Stage)
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
7 p.m. - Here Come The Mummies (Coke Stage)
8 p.m. - The Last Bandoleros (Bud Light Stage)
9:30 p.m. - Flaming Lips (Coke Stage)
For tickets and more information, visit www.riverbendfestival.com.
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