August 23 - October 25, 2018
*2017 Levitt AMP Winner
The Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series returns for a second year to invigorate the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center in the historic Martin Luther King district, once again shining a light on the area’s renowned musical heritage and building upon the momentum of the past year to solidify its position as a thriving cultural destination.
Presented by Jazzanooga, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using jazz to transcend cultural barriers and addressing the lack of arts and cultural programming in the Chattanooga area, in partnership with the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the City of Chattanooga.
The performances are held rain or shine. During the summer and fall months, it is not unusual for large storms to come through in the morning and clear up for the afternoon. We encourage guests to please monitor the weather and dress accordingly. While we prefer you bring a rain coat or poncho, small umbrellas are allowed at certain shows. Should severe weather take place while the venue is open to the community leading up to or during a scheduled event, our Public Safety personnel will decide at what point to cancel or postpone the event.
For information regarding the cancellation or postponement of scheduled concerts due to inclement weather, please visit the Jazzanooga Facebook page or call 423-402-0452.
Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 6pm
Described by The New York Times as “a source of rhythmic delight and inspiration,” GRAMMY-winning percussionist Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez’s dynamic mix of traditional Cuban rumba, Afro-Latin jazz, and Spanish flamenco music will leave you spellbound.
Thursday, September 06, 2018 at 6pm
Celebrated rapper and ambassador of the high-energy, New Orleans-based bounce movement, Big Freedia—the ‘Queen of Bounce’—is a dual force of jubilance and resilience, bringing hip-hop with a vibrant twist, teeming with danceable rapid-fire beats, bold call-and-responses and a healthy dose of empowerment for concertgoers of all ages, backgrounds and genders.
Thursday, October 04, 2018 at 6pm
Self-described as “an organic public intellectual bluesologist,” Chattanooga-native Deaconbluz and his Holysmoke Band’s lively take on traditional blues dance music will have you dancing the night away with loved ones, friends and neighbors.
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 6pm
Legendary emcee, songwriter and producer JohnBoy, the mind behind V.I.C’s 2008 hit single “Wobble,” is joined by the 15-piece Surround Sound ensemble to serve up infectious jams that are guaranteed to get you on the dance floor.