published Friday, May 18th, 2012

Riverfront Nights schedule announced

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, a nine-piece soul/rock/funk band from Brooklyn, will headline Riverfront Nights on Sept. 1.
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, a nine-piece soul/rock/funk band from Brooklyn, will headline Riverfront Nights on Sept. 1.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Riverfront Nights, a free Saturday night concert series held at the 21st Century Waterfront, will kick off Aug. 4 and will feature live music, educational elements, food and a new On the Green activities series.

Friends of the Festival and Chattanooga's Parks and Recreation Department have partnered to produce the series, which runs through mid-September with a break on Aug. 25 for the Southern Brewers Festival.

On the Green activities will include an array of sports, hobbies and pastimes organized by Outdoor Chattanooga. Comcast, which is sponsoring the feature, will also be dedicating a new On Demand channel exclusively to Riverfront Nights, focusing on both the music and the non-profit organizations manning their information posts each night.

Local bands open each night at 7. Headliners play from 8 to 10 p.m.

AUG. 4

Headliner: Papa Grows Funk (New Orleans funk and soul).

Opener: The Kymera Project.

On the Green: Disc Sports Night (ultimate, disc golf).

GreenSpaces Tent: Habitat for Humanity: Restore / Mud Run promo.

Pup Tent: Pet Placement Center.

AUG. 11

Headliner: Grant Farm (2009 world flatpicking champ).

Opener: Spoonful James.

On the Green: Chattanooga Futbol Club (soccer).

GreenSpaces Tent: Gaining Ground.

Pup Tent: For the Love of Dogs.

AUG. 18

Headliner: Yellow Dubmarine (Psychedelic Beatles covers with a reggae/ska style).

Opener: Endelouz.

On the Green: Tennessee-American's Water Conservation Night.

GreenSpaces Tent: Gear Closet.

Pup Tent: Wally's Friends.

AUG. 25

Southern Brewers Festival.

SEPT. 1

Headliner: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (nine-piece soul/rock/funk band from Brooklyn).

Opener: Rick Bowers Band.

On the Green: Paddling Sports Night.

GreenSpaces Tent: Tennessee Wild.

Pup Tent: Humane Educational Society.

SEPT. 8

Headliner: Fishbone (the original godfathers of black punk/ska funk).

Opener: Opposite Box.

On the Green: Bike Night.

GreenSpaces Tent: Land Trust for Tennessee.

Pup Tent: East Tennessee Alliance for Animals.

SEPT. 15

Headliner: Joe Robinson (guitarist extraordinaire).

Opener: Strung Like a Horse.

On the Green: Goin' to the Dogs Night.

GreenSpaces Tent: Glass Collective.

Pup Tent: McKamey Animal Center.

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