'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!
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!
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!
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.'
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!
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 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 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
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
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.
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
Grab your dancin' shoes Linda Lou....Skynyrd is coming back to Riverbend!
Newsboys to headline Faith and Family Night...and say hello to the hometown stars Voices of Lee!
January 31, 2013