Local country band The Bounty Hunters will open the 2011 Sunset Concert Series tonight at 7 o'clock in the North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive, behind the Northgate Library.
The series that showcases local talent has developed a large following over its six years. Linda Rugina, executive director of the center, said she has learned from her audiences which acts are their favorites and tries to book them with every season's schedule.
"The Jericho Brass and Choo Choo Kids are favorites of our audiences that we have back each year. We've had BlueJohn many times and the Dismembered Tennesseans almost every year," said the director.
The free performances are funded by advertising sold for the concert series' programs, she said.
"This year we have the largest program book we've ever had with 30 sponsors from all over the city," Rugina said.
In addition to showcasing local talent, Rugina said the purpose of the concert series is to bring the community together in the center, where concertgoers can be shown more of what the center has to offer in terms of art exhibits, classes and other activities.
Any act interested in auditioning for the 2012-2013 series should contact Linda Rugina at 870-8924.
2011-2012 Sunset Concert Series
Sept. 16: Barefoot Nellie & Company
Oct. 21: Chattanooga Clarinet Choir
Nov. 18: BlueJohn acoustic duo
Dec. 16: Booker T. Scruggs Ensemble
Jan. 20: Choo Choo Kids
Feb. 24: Jericho Brass Band
March 16: The Dismembered Tennesseans
April 20: Senior Neighbors Orchestra
May 18: Gentlemen's Jazz Quartet
June 15: River City Red Hot Dixieland Band
July: No concert
Aug. 17: Carolyn Martin Swing Band
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...