The Chattanooga Riverfront will be buzzing with activity this weekend as Riverbend kicks off tonight.
The Tennessee Aquarium will participate in a unique way by hosting "The Bend Unplugged." These intimate one-hour concerts will be heavy on storytelling, history and give the audience opportunities to interact with the performers. So hit the Riverbend venue a little early, set up your chairs and then come inside for one of the coolest new events at Riverbend - "The Bend Unplugged."
The Music of Coal – Sunday, June 7th at 5:00PM - The Tennessee Aquarium Auditorium in River Journey - Cost: $5.00
The Music of Coal will be the first ‘Bend Unplugged at the Tennessee Aquarium's River Journey Auditorium at 5:00pm on Sunday, June 7th. This event features a group of mountain musicians from the Wheeling, West Virginia area, who will also be playing at the Riverbend Festival at 6:30PM on the Unum Stage later in the evening. “The Music of Coal" came from a book of the same name published a few years ago by Jack Wright, Paul Kuczko and Lonesome Records and Publishing that tells the story with words, pictures and pictures of American coalminers and how they turned their hard work and misery into stories of human success and dignity.
The books will be available during the performance at the Tennessee Aquarium Auditorium, and also throughout the month of June at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library. Visitors to the Library will also be able to view a massive, one-of-a-kind traveling photographic exhibit from the Wheeling Jesuit University's Appalachian Institute sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield during the month of June.
Be sure to visit the Hunter Museum to view a series of black and white photographs by Lewis Hine from June 1 to January 31st. Hine, an American sociologist and photographer, was hired by the Tennessee Valley Authority to document the construction of Norris Dam. Building the dam provided jobs for thousands of people during the Depression, and it also brought electricity to a region where previously only 10 percent of the population had power. The images are striking and will leave everyone with a deeper appreciation for how these people lived and how hard they worked.
The Persuasions – Thursday, June 11th at 5:00PM – Tennessee Aquarium Auditorium – Cost $5.00
America’s premier doo-wop band, The Persuasions will be the second and final ‘Bend Unplugged' act presented by the Chattanooga's African-American Museum. They will take the stage at the Tennessee Aquarium Auditorium at 5:00PM on Thursday, June 11th. They shared the stage with musical superstars of the last four decades. From Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles to the Grateful Dead, U2 and even Frank Zappa.
They will be playing a full set at the Riverbend Festival on the Unum Stage on Thursday, June 11th night from 9:30 to 11pm, but "The 'Bend Unplugged" will allow the participants to truly interact with these living legends.
Learn more here: http://www.tnaqua.org/planYourVisit_riverbend.aspx
We are also honored to have a group of U.S. Navy divers at the Tennessee Aquarium on Monday, June 8th. These divers are from the U.S. Navy’s Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU-2). MDSU-2 based at Little Creek, VA is on-call to assist with rescue and recovery to the Atlantic Fleet. They responded to the I-35W bridge collapse tragedy near Minneapolis, MN in 2007, the recovery of TWA Flight 800, and the recovery of the space shuttles Columbia and Challenger. They were also a key participant in the recovery of the USS Monitor, an Ironclad from the Civil War and the former Soviet Submarine K-77.
Here are some shots of U.S. Navy Divers visiting the Tennessee Aquarium in 2007. Those divers were Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians. As you can see, visitors young and old enjoyed meeting the group and checking out the gear they had on display. Especially one young man who couldn't wait to show the Navy personnel his diver.