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On the cusp of Track 29’s second anniversary, global ticketing agency Pollstar statistics rank it as the Southeast’s third-most-popular music venue for the first half of 2013.
The Market Street venue opened its doors on Sept. 1, 2011. Pollstar evaluates venues according to ticket sales, and during the first six months of 2013, Track 29 sold more than 22,000, placing it third for the region and 78th in the world.
Track 29 finished just behind The Tabernacle in Atlanta (No. 72) and The Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C. (No. 29) on Pollstar’s list. Managers acknolwedge the Peel was an inspiration for the Chattanooga venue.
“In our short history, to already be ahead of popular, more established venues such as The Georgia Theatre in Athens and Work/Play Theatre in Birmingham is amazing,” says Track 29 owner Adam Kinsey, according to a news release.
“And the fact that we are within 2,500 tickets of The Tabernacle in Atlanta, which is a much larger venue in a bigger city, says that we’ve become a strong force for placing Chattanooga on the schedules of even more nationally touring acts.”
Acts who have graced Track 29’s moveable stage in the last two years include Lucinda Williams, Jack White, Ted Nugent, M. Ward, Of Montreal and The Avett Brothers. Acts set to play this year include Here Come the Mummies (Sept. 6), Dwight Yoakam (Oct. 3), Neutral Milk Hotel (Oct. 19), Steve Earle (Oct. 240 and Steve Vai (Nov. 12).
Country-blues rocker Corey Smith, who was Track 29’s second act, is set to play there again on Aug. 30. Smith recorded a live album during his second performance at Track 29 last September.
Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, consumer technology, animals and news of the weird. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German from Middle Tennessee State University, where he worked as the features editor for the student newspaper, Sidelines. Casey's writing has earned numerous accolades, including first and second place ...