Three Sisters Bluegrass Festival returns for the eighth year

Geno Campbell, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Chattanooga bluegrass music fans have an opportunity to attend two days of free concerts at Three Sisters Bluegrass Festival at Ross’s Landing Oct. 3-4.

The Three Sister’s Bluegrass Festival is an annual event featuring local, regional and national bluegrass musicians. The festival combines both contemporary and traditional bluegrass music. It was started by local businessman George Bright in 2007 and is sponsored by the Fletcher Bright Company.

“I think it’s an outstanding complement to all of the events that Chattanooga hosts in the fall,” said Andrew Carney, a senior from Heiskell, Tenn.

Carney said he saw the Nashville Bluegrass Band and the Travelin’ McCourys at last year’s event and had an amazing time. He also said he is a fan of the music genre since he was a kid.

“I just like music; it being free is a plus. Bluegrass isn’t much appreciated as much in our generation,” said Jacob Scott, a sophomore from Franklin, Tenn.

Scott said he’s been listening to bluegrass for six years and still enjoys listening to it. He also said the student body would be interested especially if it’s free.

The festival is open Friday, Oct. 3, 6-11 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 4, noon-10 p.m. There will be 11 bands playing on both days: Dismembered Tennesseans, Claire Lynch Band, Rhonda Vincent & Rage, Del McCoury Band, Bluetastic Fangrass, Lone Mountain Band, Berklee College of Music Fiddlers, The Greenbriars, Steel Drivers, Balsam Range and The Devil Makes Three.

Beer, food and non-alcoholic drink concessions will also be available. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, but no outside food or beverages are allowed.

For more information on the Three Sisters Bluegrass Festival, call 423-265-0771, email at or visit their website at

Sarah Cooksey

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