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Feb 4, 2014: BSCC 30th Anniversary: Meet The Real "Olivia Pope"
Judy Smith, Co-Executive Producer and Inspiration of ABC’s Political Thriller, “Scandal” visits Chattanooga for the Bessie Smith Cultural Center's 30th anniversary.
With more than 8 million viewers across the world tuning in everyThursday, ABC’s Political Thriller, Scandal, has become a phenomenal since its debut in 2012. The lead actress of the show is Kerry Washington and her character, Olivia Pope, is partially based on former George H. W. Bush administration press aide, Judy Smith. Smith, who serves as the television series Co-Executive Producer, will visit the Scenic City onFebruary 4 to keynote the Bessie Smith Cultural Center’s Anniversary Luncheon. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 am – 1 pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in Downtown Chattanooga.
“This will be Ms. Smith first visit to Chattanooga and we are extremely thrilled and fortunate to have her,” said Stacy Lightfoot, Vice President of College & Career Access at the Public Education Foundation and Event Chair of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center’s Anniversary Luncheon. “We are anticipating a great turnout due to her overwhelming popularity of being the inspiration behind ABC’s hit series, Scandal. We encourage the community to join us as we celebrate the achievements of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and to meet the real Olivia Pope.”
In addition to her being the Co-Executive Producer of ABC’s Scandal, Judy Smith is the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Over the last 25 years, Ms. Smith has brought her unique combination of communication skills, media savvy, legal and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and abroad.
Ms. Smith honed her skills through her experiences with some of the most historic and sensational events of our time, including the Iran Contra investigation, the 1991 Gulf War, the Los Angeles riots, the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas, the congressional inquiry of Enron, the General Petraeus CIA scandal, and the United Nations Foundation and World Health Organization response to the SARS epidemic.
Tables are now available for purchase along with a limited number of tickets for general seating. To purchase tickets, tables and to learn more about corporate sponsorships – including an exclusive meet-and-greet with Judy Smith, call 423.266.8658 or visit www.bessiesmithcc.org.
When: Tue. Feb 4th, 2014 @ 11:30amWhere: Double Tree Hotel
Jan 31, 2014: Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin's House of the Holy
Back by Popular Demand performing LED ZEPPELIN'S HOUSES OF THE HOLY! This network of top-notch musicians reproduce classic albums in a live environment, spending an enormous amount of time, energy and resources to perform the album in its entirety--note for note, sound for sound--with first-rate lighting and video production. Following the album and a brief intermission, the Black Jacket Symphony returns to perform a collection of The Led Zeppelin's greatest hits. Tickets are on sale now at the Auditorium box office, online and by phone. Call (423) 642-TIXS
When: Fri. Jan 31st, 2014 @ 8pmWhere: Tivoli Theatre
Jan 29, 2014: An Evening with Umphrey's McGee
"Umphrey's McGee stand revealed as consummate musical alchemists, deftly reconfiguring sounds from rock's vast panoply of styles." (Entertainment Weekly).
Fans who have followed Umphrey's McGee for any period of time know that there are only two guarantees: you never know what you’re going to get, and Umphrey’s always delivers.
How else can a band be relentlessly innovative in both music AND fan relations for 13+ years? The latest expected twist arrives in the form of their newest studio album (and first with ATO Records) ‘Death By Stereo’ (9/13), the follow up to 2009's ‘Mantis.’ ‘Mantis’ surprised fans with a collection of music never before played, and surprised the music industry with an innovative marketing campaign that catapulted the album PAST the Heatseekers chart, debuting at #62 on Billboard's “Top 200” chart without any radio play or television appearances.
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When: Wed. Jan 29th, 2014 @ 9pmWhere: Track 29
Jan 23, 2014: NPR's "From the Top"
Presented by Southern Adventist University and Memorial Hospital, and brought to you by WSMC-FM - NPR's hit radio show FROM THE TOP with Host Christopher O'Riley, the country's preeminent showcase for young classical musicians, will record a radio broadcast at the Tivoli Theatre on January 23, 2014. The show is heard weekly on WSMC-FM 90.5, Southern Adventist University's classical music station. Tickets are on sale now at the Auditorium's box office, online and by phone. Call (423) 642-TIXS.
When: Thu. Jan 23rd, 2014 @ 7pmWhere: Tivoli Theatre
Jan 21, 2014: Tedeschi Trucks Band
In just three years, Tedeschi Trucks Band -- the 11-member collective led by husband-wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi -- has taken its hearty roots-rich musical mix to audiences across the globe and become a proven music powerhouse. Driven by Trucks' signature slide-guitar sound and Tedeschi's honey-to-husk voice, Tedeschi Trucks Band delivers an electrifying blend of blues, soul, jazz, and rock drawing from an ever-evolving song list. Debuting big with Revelator landing a Best Blues Album Grammy as well as a Blues Music Award for Album of the Year, Tedeschi Trucks Band continued that momentum with 2012's dynamic live follow-up, Everybody's Talkin', showing why it is regarded by critics and fans as one of the most superb concert acts around. The group is now touring North America behind the release of its second studio effort, Made Up Mind --which entered Billboard's top 200 at #11 and was hailed by Rolling Stone as "equal parts Stax and Muscle Shoals without dilution of either."
When: Tue. Jan 21st, 2014 @ 7:30pmWhere: Tivoli Theatre
Jan 18, 2014: HullaBOWLoo: Benefiting the Chattanooga Area Food Bank
HullaBOWLoo is the signature fundraising event for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. HullaBOWLoo will transform Track 29 into a festive, urban scene, alive with buskers, a local “watering hole” offering a full bar, and of course - great food. There will even be a bowl-making station where you can craft your own memento from the evening. As you roam through the streets of the "city", you will enjoy generous samplings prepared by local chefs while also learning about the new vision, mission, and work of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. When the clock strikes 9, Rubik's Groove will take the stage in all their 80's cover band glory, complete with costumes and in character, representing memorable 80's icons. This is not your typical cover band.
When: Sat. Jan 18th, 2014 @ 8pmWhere: Track 29
Jan 17, 2014: Blackberry Smoke "Fire in The Hole Tour"
The members of Southern Rock quintet Blackberry Smoke are no strangers to hard work. Playing up to 250 dates each year, the guys are on the road more often than not, and they’ve seen tangible results of their labor. The band has toured with and befriended idols such as The Marshall Tucker Band, ZZ Top (with Billy Gibbons jamming with the band on a Florida stop), Lynyrd Skynyrd and George Jones. The band was even asked to play for Jones on his 80th birthday, not long after the country legend turned in a guest appearance on the band’s sophomore album. They’ve toured Europe thrice over, and had their songs featured in video games (EA Sports’ NASCAR 08) and films (Swing Vote), as well.
Mixing elements of gospel, bluegrass, arena rock, soul and more than a touch of outlaw country, Blackberry Smoke has earned a passionate fanbase that continues to grow as the band itself evolves. The band is as blue collar as the bandanas its members wear. Read more...
When: Fri. Jan 17th, 2014 @ 9pmWhere: Track 29
Jan 16, 2014: Emancipator Ensemble
Known for its etheric melodies, immaculately smooth samples, and addictive drum beats, Emancipator’s music has captivated a diverse audience across the globe. One might struggle to place a finger on what makes the music so addictive, but would undoubtedly return to the underlying feeling of balance and connection. Now accompanied regularly by the harmonious swells of live violin played by Ilya Goldberg, Emancipator’s live performances have developed into an all-encompassing musical experience.
When: Thu. Jan 16th, 2014 @ 9pmWhere: Track 29
Jan 14, 2014: Shen Yun 2014 World Tour
Shen Yun. For the Chinese, the words evoke a sense of wonder, magic, and the divine. To audiences who have seen it, they recall the experience of a lifetime—a moment so powerfully beautiful it touches the soul. Discover the glory of a fantastically rich culture, that of classical China, brought to life through brilliantly choreographed dance and mesmerizing, all-original orchestral compositions. Magnificently costumed dancers—the world's elite—move in poetic arrangements that evoke pastoral beauty, imperial drama, and the glory of an ancient civilization. Tickets are on sale now at the Auditorium box office, online and by phone. Call (423) 642-TIXS.
When: Tue. Jan 14th, 2014 @ 7:30pmWhere: Tivoli Theatre
Jan 12, 2014: Pop Evil
Pop Evil represents the American Dream. Raised in the heartland, driven by uncompromising passion and goals, selfmade from their bootstraps and energized by diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, Pop Evil has used muscle and sweat to put their musical vision into the hearts and minds of hard rock lovers worldwide.
Onyx, Pop Evil’s brand new third album, is a triumph of hard rock perseverance and rabblerousing attitude, the type of record that inspires like minded outsiders to optimism. Onyx tracks like “Trenches,” “Divide” and “Torn to Pieces” are destined for the type of hardwon ubiquity earned by “Last Man Standing,” “Monster You Made” and the Mick Mars collaboration “Boss’s Daughter” from 2010’s War of Angels. Read more...
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When: Sun. Jan 12th, 2014 @ 8pmWhere: Track 29