Addie Whitlow, Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Granfalloon, a coffee shop during the day and a bar and entertainment venue at night, opened on Chattanooga’s Southside in May 2015.
The Granfalloon strives to be a meeting place for people who may just be seeking nothing other than breaking their normal weekly routine.
The Granfalloon hosts a variety of entertainment shows at night, and this January’s calendar is full of exciting events to keep your month anything but normal.
“Open Air” – Jessica Nunn, this event’s host, is a classically trained viola player and member of the local jam rock band Soul Mechanic. Every Monday, she hosts Open Air at the Granfalloon, which is a live music event where musicians of any and every skill level can get up on stage to perform together in front of an audience. Tara Viland, the venue manager at Granfalloon, called it a networking event.
“So it’s pretty much just an environment where musicians of all ages and all skill levels can come together for a listening audience,” said Viland, “It’s a meetup.”
Viland also said that Open Air is the place where people who have never performed for an audience before can get up on stage and let people hear them for the first time.
“It’s a place to relax, but it’s also a place to do something outrageous, something that gets you out of your comfort zone,” Viland said.
Since Nunn is a member of Soul Mechanic, she’s usually just behind the instruments, but Viland said that by hosting Open Air, Nunn is able to get up on stage and be in front of the audience and to help others get their music heard.
“We’ve got a flute player that’s been coming, a cellist, another viola player, and so much more,” Viland said. “We have all kinds of extra instruments to use, and we encourage anyone to come and practice with us.”
The event is free and open to the public, from 6-10pm every Monday in January.
Latin Shake with Carlos Colon – Carlos Colon, of the band Tropical Swing, steps out to bring the best of Latin hip hop and club music to the Granfalloon. Colon moved to Chattanooga in the early ‘80s. He’s remained faithful to the Chattanooga area, even participating in the recent Mainx24 festival. If you’re interested in dancing the night away to a variety of Latin music, then stop by the Granfalloon. The dance is from 9-11:55pm on Friday, Jan. 22. Free salsa lessons begin at 10pm. Entrance is $5. The event is 18+, and a valid photo ID is required to enter.
Party Like It’s 1999 with Cutlass Cult – Join local DJ Cutlass Cult and jam to the hip hop, rock, and dance hits of the ‘90s and ‘00s. This dance party revisits all the awesome music from past years, like Puff Daddy, Destiny’s Child, Tupac, Korn, and so much more. The Granfalloon is the perfect place to bring back the past. The party is from 9-11:55pm on Friday, Jan. 29. Entrance is $5. The party is 18+, and a valid photo ID is required to enter.
Out of the House family music shows – Out of the House is a family-friendly music show that features a different artist every Sunday at the Granfalloon. The artists featured all have deep ties with the Chattanooga community, so Out of the House is a great way to reconnect with them and revisit some of their favorite childhood songs. This Sunday’s artist is Ryan Oyer. Kids under 12 are free, and the price is only $5 for everyone else. The show is from 2-4pm every Sunday in January.
The Granfalloon is located at 400 E Main St. For more information about the Granfalloon or any of the upcoming events, visit facebook.com/thegranfalloonchattanooga/timeline.