by Ashley Murphy
Those who live in the Tennessee Valley definitely can't complain about being bored during the month of June. From Chattanooga to Nashville alone, we have 3 different music and arts festivals lined up. All with different set-ups, artists, events and vendors that should meet anyone's preferences. Music ranges from country to rock to hip-hop to bluegrass. However, one in particular is very close to home and only a few miles drive south.
The Riverbend Festival is held in Chattanooga, TN and stretches along the Tennessee River around Riverfront Parkway. This festival has been a tradition since 1982, and has only grown larger every year since. It's a 9 day festival that will start on Friday, June 10th and end on Saturday, June 18th.
Over 100 bands are lined up this year to play throughout the festival duration on 5 separate stages set up in different areas of the festival grounds. Many well known artists have been penned this year to headline each night.
On June 10th, bring back the 80s style with your some kind of wonderful and a little bit of the power of love with Huey Lewis and the News.
On June 11th, check out the Beach Boys. I would say bring out your beach and water wear, but personally, I don't want to see, or feel, a bunch of half-naked sweaty people bumping, shoving and rubbing all over me, so for everyone else's sake keep the shirts on. I don't really care if you got a body to die for. Please, spare us.
On June 12th, leave the drugs at home, but enjoy the psychedelic show The Machine is guaranteed to put on. This band covers Pink Floyd in the best of ways possible. I've seen them just about every time they've come to the Chattanooga area and they blow me away with dead-on vocals and instruments. A must see for all of the Pink Floyd fans. You can bet your "Money" on it.
On June 13th, the Bessie Smith strut will take place along Martin Luther King Boulevard.
On June 15th, come give my favorite country girl a loud Chattanooga welcome or face the gun powder and lead. Miranda Lambert is one girl with some vocals to kill and knows how to put on a show. I'm sure she's going to draw a crowd, so my advice...get there early!!!