“A Flourishing Music Scene”

-New York Times, 2018

The world has long known Tennessee as a state with spectacular music prowess and influence between top music cities Nashville and Memphis. Now, Chattanooga’s own burgeoning music scene is rising to become a third star in the state’s deeply rooted musical legacy.

Home to the late, famed Empress of the Blues Bessie Smith, Chattanooga is also the inspiration behind Glenn Miller’s famous “Chattanooga Choo Choo” song. Today, local artists and music enthusiasts are continuing the city’s musical heritage, transforming its entertainment scene and after hours experience. Nightly live music from rock to alternative to jazz to urban to country animates the music venues and restaurants throughout the city. Between the Southside’s newest entertainment district on Station Street, to the Songbirds Guitar Museum, to a variety of year-round festivals, Chattanooga is quickly becoming one of the nation’s top music destinations.

The Chattanooga Marathon seeks to highlight Chattanooga’s growing and diverse music scene by integrating live music events into the race weekend. Whether you’re traveling to the Scenic City, or call Chattanooga home, you’ll be sure to enjoy some great local and regional entertainment.

Here is a schedule of live music events for the 2018 Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon. Be sure to check our music blog for a full listing of live music events happening during your stay.


Songbirds Guitar Museum is a guitar-oriented, pop culture museum experience for the whole family. Explore its collection of rare, vintage guitars like no other on Earth. The museum features two world-class music venues. Check out its website for a schedule of upcoming live music performances.

Race Weekend Songbirds is offering some awesome deals for our runners.

  • FREE museum entry for you and a guest by showing your race bib.
  • 25% museum entry all weekend for general admission - Use Marathon2018 promo code for ticket purchase.
  • 10% off all concerts playing at Songbirds - See full schedule of shows here. Must show bib to receive discount.

Thank you Songbirds for offering such great deals to our runners! Be sure to take in the music of Chattanooga!

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