The Hunter Museum of American Art-with gorgeous views of the Tennessee River-is one of the most underrated concert venues in Chattanooga. But over the next few months, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the space with your eyes and ears.
The All-American Summer concert series begins July 2 and offers concerts on Thursdays and Sundays through Aug. 13 (with only a few exceptions). The series is sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Tennessee American Water, FirstBank and Brewer Media Group.
All Thursday concerts are free with regular admission to the museum and will include a cash bar. Sunday performances are also free with regular admission and free altogether on the first Sunday of each month. The concerts are always free for museum members. The Thursday performances begin at 6 p.m., and the Sunday performances begin at 1 p.m.
The concert series highlights local and regional performances that span multiple genres. The following is a breakdown of the schedule with more information on each performance.
Hot Damn, July 2
Expect elements of bluegrass, folk and alternative rock. Their music has been described as “mountain swamp boogie.”
Birds With Fleas, July 9
Fresh off a successful Kickstarter campaign to help record a new album, Birds With Fleas is gaining momentum and notice as a major player in Chattanooga’s growing music scene. An indie rock band, Birds With Fleas formed in 2012 and have been described as “when banjo and ukulele meet the backbeat of rock ‘n’ roll and the smooth harmonies of Americana.”
The Cadillac Saints, July 16
A rock/progressive soul band from Chattanooga, The Cadillac Saints formed in 2009. Part of their success has to do with the brotherly bond at the core of the music. Matthew and Jeremy Walley feed off each other in a way only blood relatives could. This music is for fans of Dave Matthews, Phish and The Allman Brothers.
Dark Horse Ten, July 23
A group of experienced musicians from Chattanooga who specialize in straightforward rock ‘n’ roll, Dark Horse Ten puts on live performances worth seeing.
Smooth Dialects, July 30
What’s not to love about Smooth Dialects? They’re sexy, jazzy and instantly demand your attention. Click here to listen to some of their music-and try not to be convinced.
Danimal Pinson, Aug. 2
Dan “Danimal” Pinson is a singer, songwriter, musician and producer. He has been working since 2000 and has slowly built a reputation as one of Chattanooga’s most impressive acoustic live performers. Known for his intimate lyrics, Pinson will provide an excellent backdrop to your Sunday.
Remembering January, Aug. 13
Remembering January is a Southern country/blues/rock band out of Chatsworth, Georgia. They’ll close out the concert series with a gritty, gutteral performance of their backwoods country blues.