Glenn Draper, an internationally known music director whose groups, including the Singing Mocs and Chattanooga Singers, performed for presidents and heads of state, has died at his Signal Mountain home. Draper, who was in his 90s, was surrounded by family, including his wife, Lounelle, when he died, according to Heritage Funeral Home of East Brainerd. Longtime director of music at First Presbyterian Church, Draper served as choral activities director and music professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for more than three decades. He also worked with the military, Lake Junaluska Methodist Center and the University of Miami, among others. By any measure, his career was a long and successful one, but when he spoke with the Times Free Press in 2016, humility tempered his remembrances. "You know, I don't think I'm really all that good," he said with a laugh. Among the highlights of his career were appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. He accompanied his chorus from Keesler Air … [Read more...] about Beloved Chattanooga music director Glenn Draper dies
There are a lot of concerts happening in Chattanooga in the month of January. While these cover most genres, there is a ton of country music coming to the Scenic City, so put on your boots and get ready! The attack starts with a legend — not just a country music legend, but an all-around music legend. Willie Nelson is returning to Chattanooga for an intimate performance at the Tivoli Theatre on Monday, Jan. 7. Nelson recorded his first record in 1956. One might think that at the age of 85, he'd be slowing down and enjoying his years of success, but if you thought that you would be wrong. Nelson is still touring and releasing music like he's never skipped a beat. Fans were blessed with two new albums in 2018: "Last Man Standing" was released in April, and "My Way," a tribute to Nelson's late friend Frank Sinatra, came out in September. All in all, the country legend has now released 68 studio albums. SIXTY-EIGHT! Since he seems to be drinking from the fountain of youth, it's very … [Read more...] about Scenic City or Music City? Chattanooga’s music scene will look a lot like Nashville’s this January.
The Chattanooga Music Club and Chattanooga Symphony & Opera present a free concert on Veteran’s Day, this Sunday, at 4 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium featuring David Carroll as emcee, the Lee University Singers and guest organist Ken Double at the Mighty Austin. This year, the Chattanooga Music Club is partnering with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera to present a family-friendly concert for veterans, their families and the public. Conducted by CSO Music Director Kayoko Dan, the CSO will present a program of patriotic favorites including the Armed Forces Salute, Battle Hymn of the Republic, God Bless America, and more. “The Chattanooga Music Club and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera are joining forces to observe an important milestone in world history,” says CMC Organ Committee President Jim Baliff. “On Nov. 11 1918 the Armistice to end WWI was signed at 11 a.m. bringing an end to what was hoped to be the 'war to end … [Read more...] about Chattanooga Music Club And Chattanooga Symphony And Opera Present Free Veteran’s Day Concert
Cumberland Caverns' Volcano Room makes for a surreal concert setting millions of years in the making. Photo by Adam Davila CUMBERLAND CAVERNS Cumberland Caverns, located just this side of McMinnville, has welcomed eager explorers since 1956, but has also had the unique distinction of being a concert venue for over 55 years. Eight years ago, it became the original site of the PBS-televised "Bluegrass Underground" concert series, though that affiliation ended last year. Since the split, the cave's private owners have partnered with Atlanta-based production company RCS Productions. They "didn't miss a beat," launching a new lineup in February, says East Tennessee RCS representative Josh Burson. The new Cumberland Caverns Live roster has hosted a smatter of artists, like the twangy, Grammy-nominated Secret Sisters, lauded alt-country artist Todd Snider, and Americana group Son Volt — who happened to be playing on my sister's birthday. While not necessarily relegated to a … [Read more...] about Chattanooga area caves offer unique concert experiences
The Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series continues in full swing Thursday with an evening featuring live blues performance by main headliner DeaconBluz and The Holysmoke Band. Review for Deaconbluz and the Holysmoke Band: 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. Together they’ve delighted audiences with their eclectic fusion of gritty blues, upbeat zydeco to old school R&B, since 1997. Growing up, Clark “Deaconbluz” White was encouraged by his family to share his love of music, making his first televised musical performance at the tender age of five when he sang “The Yellow Rose of Texas” clad in a cowboy outfit at Chattanooga’s WDEF studios. Throughout this childhood, his highly-educated parents stressed the … [Read more...] about Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series Continues With A Night Of Blues