Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Riverbend Day 7: Umphrey’s, Salt n Pepa, Purple Xperience

Thursday, June 16, 2016 – by Bob Payne

Remembering January - R'Bend 2015

Remembering January – Tonight TVFCU Stage

The rains came last night at Riverbend, along with some nasty winds, causing a slight delay to Brett Eldredge’s show and forcing the cancellation of most of the side stage acts after 8 p.m. I was brokenhearted that my pick of the day, Turkuaz, was cancelled. I heard a few complaints that Riverbend should have let things continue, but if they erred, it was on the side of safety. The festival officials put safety first, and high winds or lightning is not safe. A few of the merchandise tents around the festival were blown away, but there wasn’t too much damage. Tonight should be better. This weekend is shaping up to be great weather.

Tonight, Grammy winners Salt-N-Pepa push it to the Coke Stage at 6:30 p.m. They are bringing Spinderella and some dancers, too. Umphrey’s McGee follows at 9:30 p.m. Similar in many ways to Widespread Panic or Phish, Umphrey’s has a loyal following and has never been big on the radio. They tend to play long, so it could be midnight before they finish their set.

Bud Light has a power trio of acts tonight. At 5:30 p.m., Opposite Box takes the stage, followed by old school hip-hop group Jalil and Extacy of Whodini. The Purple Xperience follows at 8:15 p.m. This band is made up of members of Prince’s band, the Revolution, including the legendary Dr. Fink.

The Unum Stage features Edward David Anderson at 6:30 p.m., followed by Flow Tribe at 8:00 p.m. The Riverbend schedule shows Plan B Band at 9:30 p.m., but they have been replaced by the Jericho Brass Band, due to an illness.

The TVFCU stage features Misfit Toyz at 6:15 p.m., followed by the Bird Dogs at 7:45 p.m. The Bird Dogs are an incredible Everly Brothers tribute band. Remembering January follows the Bird Dogs at 9:30 p.m. Don’t miss this one!

On Chevy, the Road Runners are featured at 6:00 p.m., followed by Major & The Monbacks, The Virginia based rock and roll band tours extensively and has a unique sound that is fun.

My pick of the day is a split – if you are up the hill by Unum or TVFCU, catch Remembering January. If you are a Blackberry Smoke fan, you will like Remembering January. If you are down the hill around the Coke Stage, catch the Purple Xperience on the Bud Light Stage.

Don’t forget to scan your wristband with your barcode reader on your cell-phone. That will automatically register you to win a new $19,000 camper from Dunlap RV.

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Bob Payne is the entertainment editor for the and talent/production assistant at Friends Of The Festival. Email Bob Payne at


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