At this point, The WannaBeatles have played a lot of towns in Tennessee.
We've played the Bijou Theater in Knoxville, the Tennessee Valley Theater in Spring City, the Dogwood Festival in Winchester, the Southern Fried Festival in Columbia, the Princess Theater in Crossville, The Capitol Theater in Lebanon, and the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris.
But we've never played Chattanooga. Yet.
It's not for lack of trying. We've contacted several different clubs, trying to get a date, but no luck. We offered to tie ourselves up on the tracks of the Chattanooga Choo Choo as a publicity stunt, but no one got excited. (You have to be creative in this business.)
And for years, we've been talking to Riverbend Festival, trying to get a spot there, but it never happened.
Until this year! The dry spell is over. We've finally made it to Rock City!
We're booked at Riverbend in Chattonooga this Sunday, June 8.
We're playing the Unum stage, which is among the larger of five stages.
Bloggin' Bryan confesses that he has played Riverbend before, over two decades ago with K.T. Oslin. We played to a crowd of thousands on a large stage right on the river. The whole band actually got there by boat, crossing from the north side of the river minutes before showtime.
Riverbend is quite a festival. It runs for over a week (June 6 through 14) on five different stages. This year's big names include Buddy Guy, Gary Allan, Toby Mac, Widespread Panic, Boston ("MoreThan A Feeling,") Joan Jett & The Blackhearts ("I Love Rock'n'Roll"), and The Family Stone ("Dance To The Music".)
Nashville's own Annie Sellick & The Uptown Big Band appears on the Unum stage the night before us, Saturday June 7, at 8 pm. Nashville saxophonist Rahsaan Barber & Everyday Magic will be on the TVFCU stage Thursday June 12 at 7:30 pm.
Of special interest to Little Feat fans is the performance Thursday June 12 on the Bud Light Stage by New Orleans Suspects with Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett. These two guitarists go back to the original "Dixie Chicken," and they've collected a band with deep New Orleans qualifications to render the Little Feat catalog with appropriate zest.
But if there's only one show to catch at Riverbend this year, I'd have to say it's The WannaBeatles. Sunday June 8 at 9:30 pm. Tons o' fun by the Tennessee.
We're excited to be playing in Chattanooga, finally. Hope to see you there!
Bloggin' Bryan 3June2014